MOSCOW, December 15 (RAPSI) – Investigators have completed preliminary investigation into three instances of a criminal case against Russian anti-corruption ex-official, Dmitry Zakharchenko, charged with receiving a large-scale bribe, the Investigative Committee’s press-service stated on Friday.
Earlier, lawyer Alexander Karabanov told RAPSI that law enforcement officers seized about €2,000 belonging to Marina Semynina, a partner of Zakharchenko, during the searches at her apartment. The attorney said that the searches were conducted in violation of law, before a little child. A cellphone, tablet and medical documents were seized as well, Karabanov added.
On December 1, the Nikulinsky District Court of Moscow ruled to seize property belonging to Zakharchenko and his relatives, in the state's favor. A request to turn assets to the state has been 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, Zakharchenko, who was present via videoconference, said that he had never been an owner of real estate objects in question.
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 pleaded not guilty.