Черкалин активно сотрудничает с правоохранительными органами. Как писал «Росбалт», офицер раскаялся и попросил заключить с ним досудебное соглашение. «Сейчас в ФСБ приходят бизнесмены, банкиры, которые столкнулись со связкой Фролов-Черкалин и другими взаимодействовавшими с ними сотрудниками. Приходящие рассказывают, какие суммы передали за общее покровительство, услуги. Но из-за отсутствия доказательной базы большинству материалов дать ход не получается. С показаниями Черкалина расследование по некоторым подобным эпизодам, возможно, удастся сдвинуть с мертвой точки», — рассказал источник агентства. Наконец, Черкалин согласился передать государству больше 6 млрд рублей, которые, по словам его адвоката, он получил «из не предусмотренных законом источников». Адвокат Черкалина Владимир Михайлов отказался комментировать ход следствия.
Miroshnikov could not be interrogated: the investigators were interested in his correspondence with Cherkalin, but he did not appear on call. July 10, the DIA announced that Miroshnikov leaves office at his own request. According to the source of Open Media, familiar with the deputy head of the agency, no one saw the official in the workplace for at least two months before his resignation: he left the country shortly after the detention of Cherkalin and other persons involved. The FSB colonel now speaks of the former deputy of the DIA only in the past tense, the acquaintance of the officer emphasizes: "Cherkalin gives all evidence against Miroshnikov, as if he had already died."
After the detention of Cherkalin, according to one of the sources of the authors of the joint investigation of the Proekt publication and The Bell, Miroshnikov first went to rest with his family in Australia, and then moved to Germany. Now the investigation believes that he may be in Israel, said the source of Open Media, close to TFR. According to him, Miroshnikov probably went to his business partner and former DIA employee Alexander Dunaev. He was mentioned by the former owner of Mezhprombank Sergey Pugachev: the senator accused Miroshnikov of extorting $ 350 million under the threat of physical reprisal and criminal prosecution, and the threat was allegedly transferred to him by Dunaev in June 2011.
Dunaev appears as “working with the DIA consultant” and in the testimony of Oksana Reinhard, Executive Director for Emerging Markets of the Japanese financial company Nomura. In 2012, she gave written testimony in connection with the Pugachev case and possible arbitration (later Pugachev did file a lawsuit against Russia in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague). A copy of the materials is at the disposal of Open Media, a source familiar with the proceedings confirmed their authenticity.
Since Nomura was the creditor of Mezhprombank, Reinhard tried to find out from Miroshnikov how the company could return its funds. During the first conversation, it follows from her story, the DIA deputy head claimed that he "has experience in exerting pressure on the oligarchs who left Russia." The second meeting was attended by Dunaev, who said that the issue of debts of Pugachev’s structures would be resolved through the sale of his Severnaya Verf shipyard. As a result of the transaction, only creditors will receive the money, and Pugachev will not be able to claim his share, Dunaev added. And so it happened: in the summer of 2012, the shipyard was put up for auction at a price almost eight times lower than the one that Pugachev planned to help out.
In 2012, Dunaev became a defendant in a criminal case about the theft of almost half a billion rubles, but was able to escape. In 2014, he was detained in Israel, but was never extradited to Russia, since in 2017, a red circular of Interpol was applied to him. Until now, he is on the wanted list of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, follows from the agency’s base.