25 Aug 2018 10:46

Criminal case opened on grounds of 3-mln-euro theft from Col. Zakharchenko's seized assets - sources

MOSCOW. Aug 25 (Interfax) - A criminal case has been opened on the grounds of the theft of about 3 million euros from the assets, which were seized from former employee of the Russian Interior Ministry's anti-corruption department Col. Dmitry Zakharchenko, two informed sources told Interfax.

"A criminal case of grand theft was opened following an inquiry," one of the sources told Interfax.

According to another source, the criminal case was initiated "against unidentified persons."

Interfax does not have official commentaries at the moment.

In late May, an informed source told Interfax that investigators were checking "organizations and agencies involved in transporting the money in order to determine all of the circumstances of the disappearance of approximately 3 million euros (over 200 million rubles) from Zakharchenko's assets seized earlier."

Alexander Gorbatenko, Zakharchenko's lawyer, told Interfax at the time that investigators did not formally inform him but that he nonetheless heard about the probe. According to his information, the money was stolen at a bank where it was being recounted.

Zakharchenko is charged with several counts of bribery and obstruction of justice. He has been in custody since September 10, 2016. Moscow's Presnensky District Court is currently hearing his case.

The colonel gained notoriety after about 8 billion rubles in cash in various currencies were found in his half-sister's apartment.