Prosecutors’ $85 mln suit against family of FSB colonel accused of bribery adjourned
MOSCOW, September 20 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Golovinsky District Court on Friday postponed a prosecutors’ claim to forfeit assets worth over 6.3 billion rubles (over $85 million) from relatives of the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) colonel Kirill Cherkalin charged with bribery until October 4, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
A judge gave the parties time to study case papers.
Defendants in the case are the colonel’s sister, his parents and other unidentified persons.
Prosecutors demand to seize 5 apartments, 2 cottages, 6 land plots with a total area of 7,116 square meters, 14 nonresidential premises, 2 cars, 800 million rubles, $72 million and 8 million euros found during the investigative activities in Cherkalin’s premises.
However, the Prosecutor General’s Office states, the total legal earnings of the defendant and his family from 2005 to 2019 was estimated at upwards of 55 million rubles.
Cherkalin is presently in detention. According to the investigation, the FSB colonel has received $850,000 from a commercial organization CEO for common protection. Investigators believe that he was engaged in illegal activities from November 2013 to February 2015.
In late April, two other ex-FSB officers were detained upon the order of Moscow’s Basmanny District Court. Dmitry Frolov and Andrey Vasilyev are charged with large-scale fraud.