Detention of Russian security colonel accused of graft, fraud extended for month
MOSCOW, March 19 (RAPSI) – The Moscow Garrison Military Court on Thursday extended detention of the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) colonel Kirill Cherkalin in a case over taking bribes and fraud until April 24, RAPSI was told in the court.
Detention of two other defendants, ex-FSB officers Dmitry Frolov and Andrey Vasilyev, was also extended for a month.
All the defendants stand charged with large-scale fraud. Moreover, Cherkalin is accused od receiving $850,000 as a bribe for common protection from a businessman.
Reportedly, Cherkalin pleaded guilty.
According to the website of the financial crimes agency Rosfinmonitoring, Cherkalin represented FSB in the Interdepartmental Anti-money laundering Commission. Investigators believe that his illegal activity lasted from November 2013 to February 2015.
In November 2019, Moscow’s Golovinsky District Court forfeited to the state assets of Cherkalin and his family worth over 6 billion rubles (about $75.5 million), including four apartments, two cottages, six land plots with a total area of 7,116 square meters, 14 nonresidential premises, 2 cars, 800 million rubles, $72 million and over 8 million euros found during the investigative activities in Cherkalin’s premises.