Zakharchenko’s appeal against asset forfeiture dismissed
MOSCOW, October 10 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court of Russia has refused to consider a cassation appeal filed by the former anti-corruption official Dmitry Zakharchenko charged with corruption crimes against forfeiture of more than 9 billion rubles (about $136 million at the current exchange rate) and other assets to the State, according to the information published on the court’s website.
Earlier, the Moscow City Court dismissed 8 appeals against the seizure of Zakharchenko’s assets lodged by the defendant, his partner Anastasia Pestrikova and his father Viktor Zakharchenko.
On July 12, the Investigative Committee reported transfer of 9 billion rubles to its bank accounts.
Earlier, a court granted a lawsuit filed by the Prosecutor General’s Office and confiscated money and property belonging to Zakharachenko and his relatives. Overall, the property in this case is evaluated at 9 billion rubles, including 27 real estate objects in elite neighborhoods of Moscow, 4 high-priced cars, 8 billion rubles and a gold bar. The ruling came into force in March.
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. He denied any relation to seized funds.
Zakharchenko was charged with receiving a 7-million-ruble ($102,000) bribe from an unknown source. He was also charged with abuse of office and hindering the conduct of preliminary investigation. In March, 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. He also pleaded not guilty.