MOSCOW, September 14 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – Dmitriy Zakharchenko, temporarily in charge of a subdivision of the Russian Interior Ministry’s anti-corruption department, is suspected of obtaining 8.5 billion rubles ($130 million) by criminal means, Vladimir Markin, the Ministry’s official spokesman, told RAPSI on Wednesday.
According to Markin, investigators currently are working hard to find out the source of the money seized as evidence as a result of a search at Zakharchenko’s apartment in a bribery case. He added that the seized money was transferred to Russia’s Central Bank for safe keeping.
Markin also said that no other funds were involved in the investigation refuting rumors about large amounts of money discovered on bank accounts owned by the suspect and his family.
Zakharchenko is charged with abuse of office, hindering the conduct of preliminary investigation and large-scale bribery.
Last Saturday the Presnensky District Court of Moscow detained Zakharchenko until November 8 as a part of a large corruption case. Zakharchenko’s lawyers appealed against this ruling. The officer denies any connection to the seized funds.
As yet, officially Zakharchenko stands charged with receiving 7 million rubles ($107,600) bribe from an unknown source. According to investigators, money was transferred at the end of December 2015.