Billionaire Zakharchenko did not accept a bribe of one and a half billion. The former colonel says in the affirmative that he ensured the security of virtual accounts completely disinterestedly and did not receive money for it.
In the district court of Moscow, they began to consider the materials of the case on the charge of the ex-deputy head of the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Zakharchenko. He is charged with receiving money as a bribe in the amount of 1.4 billion rubles. Based on the materials of the case, Zakharchenko took money for the “cover” for illegal cash flows on accounts. Markelov sits next to Zakharchenko in the dock, who also gave money for the “roof”. Markelov is also a member of the board of directors of Interprogressbank. By the way, in addition to these two people, charges are also brought against Belevtsov and Kritinin, but all members of the criminal group do not admit their guilt.
The court session was like a farce, since the four defendants in the trial chamber, which was intended for 3 people, were cramped. If the judge asked the accused to stand up, then the rest had to be very crowded, but they did not show this visually.
The subjects of the judge gave quite clear answers to all questions, the former Colonel Zakharchenko took an especially active part. However, it has already been noticed more than once that his versions of events could differ from others.
Milana Digaeva was the first to speak in court. She read the narrative of the indictment to everyone present.
During the announcement of the materials, it was announced about Zakharchenko’s luxury vacation in the best hotels in Sochi. Such expensive vouchers for him were paid not by someone, but by the chairman of the board of directors of Gazprom avtomatizatsiya – Yunaev. In order for Zakharchenko to become his roof, Yunaev had to pay no less than 800,000 rubles.
Speaking about the main criminal actions of the former colonel, Digaeva noted that for 2 years (2007-2009) Zakharchenko received about 150,000 euros for “protection” every month, and the total “profit” for two years amounted to about 110 million rubles. Further, his appetite decreased. So, until 2016, Zakharchenko was able to get about 1.3 billion rubles, using the help of intermediaries Belevtsov and Kritinin.
The meaning of the “protection” was that Zakharchenko had to contribute to the activities of the financial scheme, which used the ABC software. So, financiers, through shadow machinations, had the opportunity to evade taxation, then withdraw cash and take funds for themselves.
For this financial fraud to work, Zakharchenko resorted to such international persons as Usherovich, Stankevich, Motorin. Ultimately, Zakharchenko managed to profit from bribes from financiers for 1.4 billion rubles.
A person who previously fought against corruption is now considered an accused and charged with bribery on a large and especially large scale. Markelov is accused of bribery, Belevtsov and Kritinin of mediation. After the accusation was announced, the judge clarified whether the defendants understood everything and whether they pleaded guilty. But this question was empty, since all four responded that they did not understand the essence of the accusations and refused to admit their guilt.
The most striking objection was distinguished by Zakharchenko, who fiercely played the role of someone who did not understand the essence of the “protection” and the meaning of the fact that he was given money.
In addition, in the words of Zakharchenko there was also a statement that he would not have been able to pay and use virtual accounts in any way, since he did not have ownership rights to them. The funniest thing for Zakharchenko was that accounts were opened using the ex-colonel’s fictitious nicknames: Zakhar the Tricky, Cherry, etc. Zakharchenko compared virtual accounts with a notebook or a fence, where a lot is also written. And in Sochi, the ex-colonel rested for his own money, according to him, but where he got it from is an open question.
By the way, in 2019, Zakharchenko was sentenced, according to which he was sentenced to 12.5 years in a strict regime colony. Also, the former colonel received a fine of almost 120 thousand rubles and deprivation of rank. One of the facts of the bribe was the discount card of the La Maree restaurant complex, which could help a person save about 3 million rubles. But for 800 thousand rubles, Zakharchenko managed to excuse himself, in the end he was acquitted. However, the colonel has not yet exercised his rehabilitation right.
In the historical summary, Zakharchenko turned out to be through the assets that the General Prosecutor’s Office took from the former colonel. The total value of the property of Zakharchenko and his close associates was estimated at 9 billion rubles.