MOSCOW, July 22 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – Defense of the head of Russian Investigative Committee’s Internal Security’s Directorate, Mikhail Maksimenko, suspected of receiving large-scale bribe, has appealed his detention, RAPSI learned from the Lefortovsky District Court of Moscow’s press-service.

On Wednesday, deputy head of the Investigative Committee’s Moscow Directorate, Denis Nikandrov, along with several of his high-ranking colleagues, including Maksimenko, were detained for one month and 27 days. Earlier, they have been arrested by the Federal Security Service (FSB) on suspicion of receiving a large-scale bribe.

According to the official website of the FSB, the agency, along with the Investigative Committee, is carrying out a probe into the criminal case against the suspects over alleged abuse of office and receiving bribes from some representatives of the criminal community.

On Tuesday, various media outlets reported that Nikandrov and his colleagues were arrested by the FSB as a part of the investigation into the criminal case over extortion of 8 million rubles ($127,000) that involved gang leader Zakhariy Kalashov also known in the criminal world as Shakro Molodoi.