Moscow court extends detention of anti-corruption ex-official until March 8
MOSCOW, November 29 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has extended detention of Dmitry Zakharchenko, ex-Russian anti-corruption official charged with receiving a large-scale bribe, until March 8, the court’s press-service told RAPSI on Wednesday.
On November 10, a lawyer representing Zakharchenko asked the court to dismiss a lawsuit of the Prosecutor General’s Office seeking to turn his client’s property to the state.
Zakharchenko was arrested on September 8, 2016. During searches at the apartment belonging to his 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.
The former anti-corruption official 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. He also pleads not guilty to the charges.