MOSCOW, December 1 (RAPSI) – The Nikulinsky District Court of Moscow has ruled to seize property of Russian anti-corruption official charged with receiving a large-scale bribe, Dmitry Zakharchenko, as well as property of his relatives, in the state's favor, RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom on Friday.
A request to turn assets to the state was filed by the Prosecutor General’s Office. Overall, the property in this case is evaluated at 9 billion rubles (about $153.3 million), including 27 real estate objects in elite neighborhoods of Moscow, 4 high-end automobiles, 8 billion rubles (about $135.1 million) and a gold bar.
During the court hearings on Friday, Zakharchenko, who was present via videoconference, said that he had never been an owner of real estate objects in question.
Zakharchenko said that he is going to appeal this ruling.
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.