The Prosecutor General’s Office appealed to the Golovinsky court of Moscow with a lawsuit on confiscation of property of the family of FSB Colonel Kirill Cherkalin in the amount of 6.3 billion rubles in favor of the state, the press service of the supervisory department said on Wednesday. In the course of checking the conformity of the income and expenses of the former head of the 2nd department of the Office “K” of the FSB Economic Security Service, it was discovered that Cherkalin, having received income from sources not prescribed by law, bought and registered five apartments, two country houses, six land plots for relatives a total area of 7116 square meters. m, 14 non-residential premises and two cars, the Prosecutor General has listed. The lawsuit also refers to cash found during a search in the colonel’s house, car and office, in the amount of 800 million rubles, $ 72 million and 8 million euros.
Cherkalin was arrested in April 2019 together with ex-FSB officers Dmitry Frolov and Andrei Vasiliev. All the defendants in the case were charged with fraud on a particularly large scale. According to investigators, from November 2013 to February 2015, Cherkalin received a bribe of $ 850,000 from a businessman through an intermediary "for committing an act and inaction in favor of a bribe giver and commercial structure, as well as for general patronage." In 2011, Cherkalin, Vasiliev, and Frolov, threatening a criminal case, deceived businessman Sergei Glyadelkin, who transferred them a share in the authorized capital of LLC Yurpromkonsalting worth about 490 million rubles, the investigation believes.
Earlier it was reported that during searches in the case of Cherkalin and his former subordinates, money and valuables totaling 12 billion rubles were found. This was an absolute record: formerly the richest colonel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Dmitry Zakharchenko, was considered the richest corruptionist, in the apartment of a relative of which 8 billion rubles were seized.
As noted in the Prosecutor General’s Office, the total legal income of Cherkalin and his family members in 2005–2019. amounted to 55 million rubles, he himself declared 17.5 million rubles during the period of civil service from 2009 to 2018. But this is incomplete information about his income, prosecutors are sure.
The lawsuit of the Prosecutor General was registered in the Golovinsky court on August 21, it follows from the file of the case. Seven defendants pass along it: Orlovskaya E.P., Orlovskaya I.V., Pervova D. Yu., Cherkalin V.I., Cherkalin K.V., Cherkalina A.V., Cherkalina N.F. Lawyer Cherkalina Vladimir Mikhailov does not comment on the lawsuit of the Prosecutor General.
Meanwhile, the practice of seizing property not only from fined officials, but also from their relatives, friends and third parties is gaining momentum. In 2017, the prosecutor’s office seized assets worth 9 billion rubles. relatives and friends of Zakharchenko. In March this year, the Gagarinsky court of Moscow transferred the property of the FSB colonel Dmitry Senin, 13 relatives and friends, as well as Aparts, to the state revenue, and in April, the Krasnogorsk court of the Moscow region took away Alexander Shestun and 36 other physical persons from the former head of the Serpukhov district of the Moscow Region. and legal entities assets worth 10 billion rubles.
All claims were brought exclusively against officials and security officials who had already appeared to be defendants in high-profile cases; before that, no complaints had been raised against them. Ilya Shumanov, Deputy Director General of Transparency International, explains this by the technology of checking income declarations, which is left to the internal personnel services and, at best, comes down to requests to the USRN and the tax service. In exceptional cases, similar requests can be made in relation to family members, but even before the verification of adult relatives, the matter does not reach it, simply because the law does not provide for this.
Since many corrupt officials are people with a legal education, they know how the system works, and they use it successfully. As a result, the income declaration system is degrading and completely lost its effectiveness, the expert believes. Only when a criminal case is opened, the circle of people being checked expands at the expense of affiliates, adult relatives and business partners, but in this case we have to talk about the political motivation of such in-depth studies, concludes Shumanov.