MOSCOW, August 3 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – Defense of Alexander Lamonov, Deputy Head of the Investigative Committee’s Internal Security Directorate charged with taking a large-scale bribe, has appealed seizure of his documents, allegedly non-related to the case, RAPSI learned from the lawyer Olga Lukmanova.

“I have filed an appeal against actions of investigator during searches because of seizure of documents that are not related to the case. For some reason such documents as passbook of Lamonov’s grandmother or contract of kitchen sale have been seized,” Lukmanova said.

The appeal was filed with the Lefortovsky District Court. Date of its review has not been set yet.

On July 20, the head of the Investigative Committee’s Internal Security Directorate Mikhail Maksimenko along with several of his high-ranking colleagues, including the First Deputy Head of the Investigative Committee’s Moscow Directorate, Denis Nikandrov, and Maksimenko’s deputy Alexander Lamonov, were detained for one month and 27 days, i.e. till September 15. 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.

Last Tuesday, various media outlets reported that Maksimenko 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.