Former anti-corruption official Zakharchenko to remain in detention
MOSCOW, September 10 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has upheld extension of detention for the former Russian anti-corruption official Dmitry Zakharchenko charged with corruption crimes, the court’s press service has told RAPSI.
On July 12, the Investigative Committee reported transfer of 9 billion rubles ($131 million) owned by Zakharchenko and his relatives to the State.
Earlier, a court granted a lawsuit filed by the Prosecutor General’s Office and confiscated money and property belonging to Zakharachenko and his relatives. Overall, the property in this case is evaluated at 9 billion rubles, including 27 real estate objects in elite neighborhoods of Moscow, 4 high-end automobiles, 8 billion rubles (about $116.4 million) and a gold bar. The ruling came into force in March.
Ex-Russian anti-corruption official Dmitry Zakharchenko was arrested on September 8, 2016. During searches at the apartment belonging to Zakharchenko’s sister law enforcement officers found around 9 billion rubles. He denied any relation to seized funds.
Zakharchenko was charged with receiving a 7-million-ruble ($102,000) bribe from an unknown source. He has also been charged with abuse of office and hindering the conduct of preliminary investigation. In March, it was revealed that he is charged with two more instances of corruption crimes.
According to case papers, Viktor Zakharchenko, the father of ex-official, is charged with being an accessory to embezzlement. He also pleaded not guilty.