The former head of the Internal Security Directorate (USB) of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Mikhail Maksimenko, was found dead in prison. The former head was serving a 13-year sentence for abuse of power and receiving two bribes. The news of his death was published today by the TASS news agency.
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The tragedy occurred in correctional colony No. 11 in the Nizhny Novgorod region. The body of the ex-silovik was found in a storage room. At the time of his death, Maksimenko was 50 years old. The former head of the CSS did not have the right to parole. The details of what happened are still being clarified.
On December 14, 2015, a shooting occurred on Rochdelskaya Street (next to the Elements restaurant) in the center of Moscow. A criminal group led by Andrei Kochuykov, acting on behalf of thief in law Shakro Molodoy (Zakhary Kalashov), extorted 8 million rubles from the owner of the restaurant Zhanna Kim. The investigation into the incident resulted in the initiation of a number of criminal cases, including against employees of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.
Then several high-ranking officials received sentences at once:
- The former head of the capital department of the RF IC, Alexander Drymanov, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
- The ex-head of the internal security department of the Russian Investigative Committee, Mikhail Maksimenko, received 14 years in prison.
- The former head of the RF IC department for the Central Administrative District of Moscow, Alexey Kramarenko, was sentenced to 10 years in prison (he was pardoned for participating in a special military operation in Ukraine).
- The former deputy head of the Moscow department of the Russian Investigative Committee, Denis Nikandrov, was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison (after admitting his guilt, Nikandrov provided evidence against other defendants in the case, and in May 2019 he was granted parole).
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