The Moscow City Court on Thursday, October 17, began to consider the criminal case of senior officials of the Investigative Committee of Russia. Alexander Drymanov, former head of the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee for Investigations in Moscow, Mikhail Maksimenko, former head of the Investigations Department of the Investigative Committee of the Investigative Committee for Central Administrative Offenses, and Alexey Kramarenko, ex-head of the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for the Central Administrative District, were in the dock.
According to investigators, they received $ 1 million dollars from the "leader of the criminal world" - "thief in law" Shakro Molodoy (Zakharia Kalashova). The prosecution insists that for this money the employees of the Investigative Committee promised to release people close to Shakro - Andrei Kochuykov (Italians) and Eduard Romanov, who were detained during a scandalous shootout at the Elements restaurant on Rochdelskaya.
“I don’t admit my guilt, I didn’t enter into any criminal conspiracy and didn’t accept money from anyone and didn’t transfer it,” Maksimenko denied in court all the charges. He has already been sentenced to 13 years in prison for receiving another part of the bribe, $ 500,000, from businessman Oleg Sheykhametov for the release of the same Kochuykov and Romanov. Maksimenko noted that, as in his previous case, no one found any money from him.
“This is a classic of Soviet cinema: it is difficult to look for a black cat in a dark room if it is not there. So is the money: it is difficult to find them if they simply did not receive them, ”said Drymanov. Kramarenko in court generally insisted that he not only did not enter into criminal conspiracy with Maksimenko and Drymanov, but did not even communicate with such a high-ranking leadership.
All three accused claimed that there was no evidence of their guilt in the case, and the whole accusation was based on the testimony of their former colleague, Deputy Drymanov in the capital’s headquarters, Denis Nikandrov.
“He was forced to testify and slander me and others,” Maksimenko spoke. “FSB officers also put pressure on me, demanded to slander [the head of the TFR] Alexander Bastrykin and threatened me for a period of 22 years.”
Nikandrov was also involved in this case, but made a deal with the investigation and made a confession. It was after this that his chief, Drymanov, was detained. As a result, Nikandrov himself received a short term of 5.5 years, and then completely released ahead of schedule in May 2019.
According to the indictment announced in court, the businessman Dmitry Smychkovsky (now wanted) became an intermediary in transferring $ 1 million to senior employees of the Investigative Committee. It was decided to divide the amount equally - at $ 200,000 between all accomplices: Maksimenko, Drymanov, Nikandrov, Kramarenko and Smychkovsky, follows from the prosecution.
According to the investigation, after that the defendants in the case decided to re-qualify the accusation Kochuykov and Romanov for a softer composition and release them from custody.
Scandalous disassembly took place on the porch of the expensive restaurant Elements in December 2015. According to the case file, the owner of the establishment, Jeanne Kim, quarreled over 8 million rubles with her own friend, designer Fatima Misikova. Her friend, Andrei Kochuykov (Italian), close to Shakro Molodoy, and his friend, businessman Eduard Romanov, came to the restaurant to defend the interests of the designer. From Kim’s side, lawyer Eduard Budantsev and his guards were called to the restaurant. But the negotiations ended in a shootout in which two people died.
As a result, Kochuykov and Romanov were arrested on charges of hooliganism. Budantsev, who was initially charged with double murder, was sent under house arrest. Now his case is dismissed, as the investigation concluded that he acted within self-defense.
In the spring of 2016, the Moscow Glavk really approved the re-qualification of the actions of Kochuykov and Romanov from the article hooliganism to arbitrariness. After that, both persons involved in the case were released by the Investigative Committee, but were immediately detained by the police - on charges of extorting money from Jeanne Kim.