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“It is shameful and bitter that this has happened with our so-called colleagues. And that, of course, casts a shadow on the entire agency, but the work in self-cleansing will continue.”
A source within the FSB said Kalashov found an approach to Nikandrov back in February using Dmitry Avontsov, the head of an organized crime group under his control, who knew Mikhail Maksimenko from his former service in the Interior Ministry.
Aleksandr Lamonov was used as the middle-man in the transaction and organized several meetings between Zvontsov and Nikandrov, who has the rank of general in law-enforcement. The agreement was that Kalashov’s group would pay $5 million for “protection” from the IC to “solve problems” that it might have with law-enforcement.
Nikandrov received $1 million, the first installment of the $5 million, in February and took three actions: he removed the case of the shoot-out at Elements from its principle investigator and divided it into four parts, giving the murder case, a separate case on “hooliganism” and use of arms, and a third on “negligence” to three different investigators which both slowed down the cases and removed important context — like the fact that the lawyer had shot the mafia man after himself being beaten and shot at with a trauma gun.
After Nikandrov’s intervention, the “hooliganism” case was switched to even lesser charges and Kochuykov was about to walk, along with another one of his gang, Eduard Romanov. Police stopped them literally as they came out of jail, however. The fourth case separated case — on the original extortion — was buried.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
The ruble is trading at 63.85 to the US dollar and 70.41 to the euro. Brent crude is selling for $47.35 per barrel.
The following headlines are taken from 7:40 na Perrone, RBC, Vedomosti, Pravo, Regnum, Gazeta and New York Times.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick