Investigators seek detention of woman allegedly involved in high-profile bribery case
MOSCOW, September 29 (RAPSI) – A motion filed by investigators seeking to detain Anastasia Pestrikova, who is reportedly a girlfriend of Dmitry Zakharchenko, former Russian anti-corruption official charged with receiving a large-scale bribe, has reached Moscow’s Basmanny District Court, the court’s spokesperson told RAPSI on Friday.
Pestrikova is suspected of embezzlement, according to the court’s representative.
Earlier, authorities have seized about $16 million in bank accounts of Pestrikova’s acquaintance Lilia Gorshkova as part of a criminal case against Zakharchenko. According to investigators, the accused Colonel gave illegally received funds to Pestrikova, who deposited the money in account opened by Gorshkova.
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 denies 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, the father of Dmitry Zakharchenko, Viktor, is charged with being an accessory to embezzlement.
His father also pleads not guilty to embezzlement.