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Moscow court upholds extension of ex Russian anti-corruption official charged with corruption

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The Moscow City Court has upheld a ruling of a lower court extending detention of former Russian anti-corruption official Dmitry Zakharchenko charged with corruption until June 9.

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Ex-Russian anti-corruption official Zakharchenko was arrested on September 8, 2016. During searches at his sister’s apartment law enforcement officers found around 9 billion rubles ($156 million at the current exchange rate).

Zakharchenko denied any relation to seized funds, RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom.

Zakharchenko was charged with receiving a 7-million-ruble ($121,600) bribe from an unknown source. He has also been charged with abuse of office and hindering the conduct of preliminary investigation. On March 2, it was revealed that he is charged with two more instances of corruption crimes.

According to case papers, Viktor Zakharchenko, the father of ex-official, is charged with being an accessory to embezzlement. He also pleaded not guilty.

In December 2017, the Investigative Committee stated that investigation into three instances of the case against Zakharchenko was complete.

In the same month, the Nikulinsky District Court of Moscow ruled to seize property belonging to Zakharchenko and his relatives, in the state's favor upon a request of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Overall, the property in this case is evaluated at 9 billion rubles ($153.3 million), including 27 real estate objects in elite neighborhoods of Moscow, 4 high-end automobiles, 8 billion rubles ($135.1 million) and a gold bar.

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