Moscow court extends detention of former anti-corruption official Zakharchenko
MOSCOW, March 19 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has extended the detention of former Russian anti-corruption official Dmitry Zakharchenko charged with corruption until June 9, the press-service of the court told RAPSI.
Ex-Russian anti-corruption official Dmitry Zakharchenko was arrested on September 8, 2016. During searches at the apartment belonging to Zakharchenko’s sister law enforcement officers found around 9 billion rubles (about $156 million at the current exchange rate).
Zakharchenko himself denied any relation to seized funds.
Zakharchenko was charged with receiving a 7-million-ruble ($121,600) bribe from an unknown source. He has also been charged with abuse of office and hindering the conduct of preliminary investigation. On March 2, it was revealed that he is charged with two more instances of corruption crimes.
According to case papers, Viktor Zakharchenko, the father of ex-official, is charged with being an accessory to embezzlement. His father also pleaded not guilty.
In December 2017, the Investigative Committee stated that investigation into three instances of the criminal case against Zakharchenko was complete.
In the same month, the Nikulinsky District Court of Moscow ruled to seize property belonging to Zakharchenko and his relatives, in the state's favor. A request to turn assets to the state has been filed by the Prosecutor General’s Office. In March, the Moscow City Court upheld the ruling.
Overall, the property in this case is evaluated at 9 billion rubles (about $153.3 million), including 27 real estate objects in elite neighborhoods of Moscow, 4 high-end automobiles, 8 billion rubles (about $135.1 million) and a gold bar.