Prosecutors waive claim to forfeit flat of sister of Russian colonel accused of bribery
MOSCOW, November 8 (RAPSI) – Prosecutors withdrew their claim to forfeit to the state an apartment of a sister of the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) colonel Kirill Cherkalin charged with bribery, a representative of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office said during the Friday hearing in Moscow’s Golovinsky District Court.
Prosecutors asked the court to exclude the flat of Anastasia Cherkalina from the lawsuit as the apartment had been privatized and donated legally. The court granted the motion.
Earlier, the defendant concurred in the request to seize over $72 million, 8.5 million euros, 4,000 pounds sterling and 810 million rubles ($13 million, a Porsche Cayenne car, hand watches and studs.
However, prosecutor demand to forfeit from the FSB colonel 4 apartments, 2 cottages, 6 land plots with a total area of 7,116 square meters, 14 nonresidential premises, 2 cars, 800 million rubles, $72 million and 8 million euros found during the investigative activities in Cherkalin’s premises.
Cherkalin is presently in detention. According to the investigation, the FSB colonel has received $850,000 from a commercial organization CEO for common protection. Investigators believe that he was engaged in illegal activities from November 2013 to February 2015.
In late April, two other ex-FSB officers were detained upon the order of Moscow’s Basmanny District Court. Dmitry Frolov and Andrey Vasilyev are charged with large-scale fraud.