Russian Supreme Court to hear appeal against ex- investigator’s sentence for corruption
MOSCOW, July 6 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court of Russia will consider an appeal filed by ex-chief of the Investigative Committee’s Internal Security Directorate Mikhail Maksimenko against a 13-year prison sentence for corruption, according to the court’s website.
The appeal hearing has been scheduled for July 31.
Maksimenko was found guilty of taking two bribes on April 20. In addition to the prison term the defendant was fined 165 million rubles ($2.8 million).
According to prosecutors, in 2016, Maksimenko and his accomplice received $500,000 bribe for help with one of criminal cases. He is also charged with taking $50,000 bribe in 2015 for organizing unlawful criminal prosecution of law enforcement officers in the interests of a bribe-giver.
The defendant has been arrested along with other high-ranking investigators, his deputy Alexander Lamonov and the First Deputy Head of the Investigative Committee’s Moscow Directorate, General Denis Nikandrov.
The three officers were charged with taking €500,000 from alleged gang leader Zakhariy Kalashov, who was sentenced to 9 years and 10 months in a high security penal colony on March 29.