Ex-chief of the SSD of the TFR arrested on the testimony of General Nikandrov

The former head of the Investigative Committee for Moscow did not have a month to obtain a lawyer status, which would protect him from the upright testimony of ex-subordinates.
On Tuesday, the FSB incriminated the receipt of bribes to the former head of the capital's head of the SKR, Aleksandr Drymanov, and immediately secured his arrest. In August, the retired major-general planned to obtain a lawyer status and thus defend himself against criminal prosecution, but his deputy, Denis Nikandrov, who had been arrested earlier, prevented him from appearing before the court on similar charges. At first he gave testimonies exposing the chief, and before the trial, as the sources of Kommersant's sources say, he began to "show instability." In this regard, the Chekists decided to fix the charge against the general on the confrontation with his repentant potential accomplice, until he finally changed his mind.

According to unofficial sources, Major-General Drimanov was detained by officers of the FSB of the Russian Federation and escorted to the Lefortovo detention center on Sunday. On Tuesday, the investigator presented him with a decision to hire him as a suspect in obtaining large and especially large bribes (articles 5 and 6, article 290 of the Criminal Code), and on the same day the Chekists secured the arrest of the general in the Lefortovo District Court of Moscow. During the interrogation, General Drymanov did not admit his guilt.

It should be noted that Mr.Drymanov was one of the first persons involved in the high-profile criminal case on corruption among the top officials of the TFR. It happened in the summer of 2016, when the FSB began to deal with the attempted early release of the arrested person for extorting the criminal authority Andrei Kochyukov (Italian) from the SIZO. Even then the name of Mr. Drymanov was named among other names of high-ranking committee leaders, who allegedly received an illegal reward for "participating" in the fate of the Italian.

Mass arrests began in the central apparatus and the Moscow department of the RK, but General Drymanov escaped criminal prosecution and even retained his post. The fact is that according to the law, only the head of the SDP, Alexander Bastrykin, was able to initiate a case against the acting head of the GSS of the Moscow Kremlin, but he ignored the materials sent by the Chekists, thus rescuing his long-time associate and the most authoritative investigator, Drymanov.

The operative development of the general nevertheless continued, the Chekists periodically carried out searches in his metropolitan apartment, in a country house and even in his office, while taking away three combat pistols that Mr. Drymanov was awarded for past unquestioned merits in the investigation work. In one of the trials on the prosecution of the alleged accomplice of the general, the former head of the head of his own security and the interdepartmental interaction of the SKR, Mikhail Maksimenko, the state prosecutor has already named Alexander Drymanov as an open participant in the corruption scheme, but this did not lead to anything. Witness Drumanov on his own initiative came to the trial and stated his innocence.

By the beginning of summer, the Chekists managed to achieve only the dismissal of the general from his post: Mr. Drymanov voluntarily submitted a report on his resignation on the length of service, which was satisfied. However, even after the witness lost the status of the special entity and the defense of Alexander Bastrykin, the investigative department of the FSB did not take any decisive action against him. For example, the special services did not prevent the general from turning to the qualification commission of the Volgograd Region Bar Association, in which he decided to obtain the status of a lawyer, again giving him not absolute, but still immunity from criminal prosecution. Just two weeks later, on Wednesday, August 1, the general had to pass the exam in Volgograd and start human rights activities, however, instead there was the Lefortovo detention center.

According to sources close to the investigation of Kommersant, Denis Nikandrov, the former deputy head of the State Security Service of the Russian Federation for Moscow, became the culprit of this cataclysm in the fate of Alexander Drymanov, as well as all his previous problems. It was Mr. Nikandrov who, being under arrest, soon after the re-qualification of the Andrei Kochuykov's criminal case for a softer article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, "Self-Justification" and the attempt of securing authority from the SIZO that had been suppressed by the FSB, gave the investigation a full breakdown on the circumstances of the incident.

He said that for the freedom of an Italian close to the thief in the law, Zakhari Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy), two particularly large bribes were recorded in the TFR. The first in the amount of € 500 thousand went through Mikhail Maksimenko and his deputy, who for this money had to provide cover for frauds with the criminal case of extortion at the federal level (Mr. Maksimenko was sentenced to 13 years in prison). The second tranche of $ 1 million, according to Denis Nikandrov, was intended for the leadership of the GKU of the Moscow Kremlin, in which the case was investigated. In his division, as the accused explained to the investigation, the accused who had repented and concluded a pre-trial agreement with the Prosecutor General's Office, he himself participated in it, his head Drumanov, the former head of the department for the CAO for the Central Administrative District Aleksey Kramarenko, the same Mikhail Maximenko and the businessman who had brought the money.

Apparently, as a bonus for the investigation, the transaction seeker added to the charges against his former boss and another episode in which, according to him, the bribe-taker himself had already acted. According to Mr. Nikandrov, after his appointment to the post of deputy Alexander Drymanov, he handed over to the boss a certain bank card to the bearer with a reservation amounting to about € 10 thousand - as a gratitude and "for general patronage". On the statements of Denis Nikandrov, the charges brought against Mr. Drymanov for receiving two bribes were built mainly. In any case, as the general himself claimed in a conversation with Kommersant, there are no other evidences of his involvement in corruption-the wiretapping of telephone conversations, videotaping, cash or non-cash money-there is no criminal case.

At the same time, before his detention, Alexander Drymanov told Kommersant that, having agreed to cooperate with the FSB, his former deputy "lifted a sentence from the floor", and, probably, was right.

The point is that, in exchange for his testimony, Denis Nikandrov never received a kind of promised change in the measure of restraint and the re-qualification of the charge for a softer art. 285 of the Criminal Code (abuse of power). One of these days it became known that Mr. Nikandrov, who was selected from the general criminal case with the final charge of receiving a particularly large bribe (part 6, article 290 of the Criminal Code), was approved by the Prosecutor General's Office and transferred to the Moscow City Court for substantive examination in a special order.

As explained by a source close to the investigation of Kommersant, the accused regarded this result as an unfair attitude towards himself, which gave rise to the "instability of his general state and position in the criminal case". The sentence passed by the Moscow City Court, in the opinion of the interlocutor of Kommersant, can completely reverse the attitude of Mr. Nikandrov to the investigation and his own repentance by 180 degrees, so the FSB hurried with the detention and arrest of his former boss. The fact is that, if Denis Nikandrov's accusatory testimonies have already been recorded and have legal force, he did not manage to fix them at the confrontation with Alexander Drymanov. Under this fundamentally important investigative action, an emergency detention of the general was planned.