The case for $1 million: what’s behind the arrest of high-ranking employees of the RCDS

The building of the Main investigatory management SK the Russian Federation across Moscow, where the searches were

Searches and detentions

Employees of the Main investigation Department of the TFR with the support of the FSB officers came to search the building Department of the TFR in Moscow on Arbat street on Tuesday morning, July 19. As told RBC source in law enforcement agencies and confirmed by the source in the secret service, investigative actions were carried out in the offices of the head of Department Alexander Drymanov and his first Deputy, Denis Nikandrov.

Also the searches took place at the chief of management of own safety of the RCDS Mikhail Maksimenko and his Deputy Alexander Lamonova, said the interlocutor of RBC in the FSB.

Nikandrov, Maksimenko and Limonov was detained and then arrested Lefortovo court on the petition of the investigation. The meetings were held behind closed doors, as the defense insisted that it is necessary to ensure the safety of defendants and their families. After his arrest [when it was taken away by the guards, had to say to journalists that “any crimes he didn’t commit.”

<p>the Chief of management of own safety of Investigatory Committee of Russia Mikhail Maksimenko</p>

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The chief of Department of own safety of Investigative Committee of Russia Mikhail Maksimenko

TFR employees suspected of abuse of power (article 286 of the criminal code) and bribe reception (article 290 of the criminal code), told “Interfax” the lawyer Limonova Alexey Noskov. According to him, they deny his involvement in the crimes.

To Dryanovo claim was not formally charged.

FSB press release confirmed that the TFR employees check in connection with a possible abuse of authority and taking bribes from representatives of the criminal community.” The names of the defendants in this message, the security services said.

According to “Interfax”, in total on business pass seven employees of the Central Board and the Central office of the TFR, including those in leadership positions.

The Investigative Committee has not commented on the case against the Department employees.

Help the thief in the law

The arrests of high-ranking security officials associated with the case of the thief in the law Zechariah Kalashov nicknamed Shakro Young. Nikandrov is suspected that promised Shakro for a million dollars to save him from criminal prosecution, said the lawyer Socks. According to Life, nikandrova detained when receiving a bribe.

Maksimenko was arrested because gave to investigators of the Department of the TFR in the Northern administrative district of Moscow instructed not to demand the extension of the arrest of Andrei Kochanova nicknamed the Italian, right hand Shakro Young, reports “Rosbalt”, citing a source in law enforcement bodies. The investigators did not address in court with the petition for prolongation of a preventive measure, and on 14 June the Italian was released from SIZO “Matrosskaya Tishina”, but soon was again arrested by the FSB and the interior Ministry.

What I suspect Lamonova unknown. Announcing the decision on a preventive measure, the judge Pyotr Stupin said only that he is charged with article “receiving a bribe by the official in especially large size” (part 6, item 290 of the criminal code).

<p>the Deputy chief of management of own safety of Investigatory Committee of Russia Alexander LOMANOV</p>

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The Deputy chief of management of own safety of Investigatory Committee of Russia Alexander LOMANOV

Shakro Young lawyer Alexander gofshtein told TASS that he was unaware of his client with the leadership of the TFR.

Case Shakro

Shakro Young, as claimed by “Rosbalt”, was the leader of the criminal underworld following the murder in January 2013, Aslan Usoyan, nicknamed Grandpa Hassan, July 13, the court arrested Shakro in the case of extortion. According to investigators, henchmen of the kingpin demanded 8 million rubles from the owner of Elements restaurant on Rochdelskaya street Jeanne Kim. The result was a conflict between a group led by Italian people and ex-KGB officer Edward Budantseva, which decided to support Kim. During the shooting killed two security guards of Italian.

The arrest of Shakro was possible after several operations, during which the police and the FSB managed to arrest a group of his henchmen, wrote “Kommersant”. According to the newspaper, in February, was detained the operative of Criminal investigation Department Ildar Shakirov and the district Commissioner Rinat Zinatullin, which, according to the investigation, covered ransomware from the team Shakro from their colleagues. Then arrested and a former employee GUBOP Ministry of internal Affairs, retired Colonel Eugene Surzhikova, who led members of chop, controlled by a crime boss.

The interlocutor of RBC in law enforcement bodies told that the evidence in this case was given by a secret witness, after which the decision was made to conduct searches in the building of the capital Department of the TFR.

Senior investigators

Denis Nikandrov has participated in the investigation of the second criminal case of Yukos”, in 2008 was involved in a high-profile case of bribery against the former head of GSU SKR Dmitry Dovgy, and in 2011 headed the investigative group on the case of the protection racket suburban prosecutors illegal casino.

In 2013, nikandrova checked at the request of the Prosecutor General: the Supervisory authority, as wrote “Kommersant”, found in the actions of several investigators and FSB signs of abuse of power and coercion to testify.

<p>the First Deputy Chief of the investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Moscow Denis Nikandrov</p>

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First Deputy Chief of the investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Moscow Denis Nikandrov

Mikhail Maksimenko previously headed the Department of physical protection of the TFR. His wife in return for the 2015 pointed to one of the biggest revenue among Agency staff and members of their families 14.6 million RUB.

The FSB began to develop nikandrova and Maximenko from January 2016, said the Agency “Moscow” a law enforcement source, adding that one of the reasons for the beginning of the test was the Declaration on the income of a family member of one of the detainees.

With the consent of the President

Case Shakro Young from the very beginning he was responsible for the leadership of the FSB, says a source close to law enforcement. Therefore, according to him, Moscow investigators “was crazy” to try to get a bribe and even take part in this.

Operational support of the case against members of the TFR leads management “M” of the economic security service of the FSB, said the interlocutor of RBC in the secret service. This division is responsible for counter-intelligence support, in particular the interior Ministry, justice Ministry and Ministry of emergency situations. Directly the investigation nikandrova and the rest is also in the jurisdiction of the FSB.

<p>Zachary Kalash, also known as Shakro Young</p>

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Zachary Kalash, also known as Shakro Young

Investigative actions in relation to the management of the TFR have been agreed with the Chairman of the Agency Alexander Bastrykin, the report said the FSB. Without the approval Bastrykin searches and detentions would be impossible, since this requires the code of criminal procedure: only the head of the RCDS or his deputies may be allowed to initiate proceedings against the Directors of regional investigation bodies and equated employees in the Department.

In a press release, the FSB noted that President Vladimir Putin is aware of the searches and the arrests of senior investigators. The interlocutor of RBC, close to the leadership of the FSB, says that without the permission of the President, the operatives could not apprehend the chief of management of own safety of the TFR.

Cases and permutations

Law enforcement agencies are experiencing significant changes that affect the interior Ministry, the FSB and the TFR, recalls the political scientist Yevgeny Minchenko. Within these structural shifts should be considered and a criminal case against employees of the RCDS.

Changes in FSB, where the new leadership of economic security, was indeed followed by inspections and criminal cases. The current case is set against the backdrop of confrontation between the TFR and the FSB, says the interlocutor of RBC in the secret service. In turn, a source close to the Kremlin, said that we are talking about the confrontation between different groups of influence in both agencies. The balance of the security forces is changing, occasionally this process spills over and through such high-profile cases, says the interlocutor of RBC.

The situation is influenced by the upcoming parliamentary elections, said a source in the FSB intelligence officers have carte Blanche to act decisively on high-profile cases. “There is a setting to clean the ranks of the security forces and officials,” said the source.

A criminal case against members of the TFR may weaken the position of Bastrykin, says the interlocutor of RBC in the FSB: according to him, Nikandrov and Maksimenko was part of the entourage Bastrykin.

In a recent rating of influence of Russian politicians of the Center for political technologies TFR conceded FSB Alexander Bastrykin was on the 13th place, while Director of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov took 9-th place.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday told reporters that he considers unacceptable hypothetical arguments about the possible impact of detention on the career of the Chairman of the TFR.