The Presnensky District Court of Moscow has begun considering a new case against Dmitry Zakharchenko, the former deputy head of the “T” department of the GUEBiPK Ministry of Internal Affairs, who is accused of taking bribes in the amount of 1.4 billion rubles. According to the accusation announced in court, he received these funds for general patronage of illegal financial transactions, including from the co-owner of the 1520 Group of Companies, a member of the Board of Directors of Interprogressbank, Valery Markelov, who was with him in the dock. They, as well as the alleged intermediaries in the transfer of bribes, lawyer Viktor Belevtsov and Vasily Kritinin, do not admit guilt in the alleged crimes.

Валерий Маркелов

Dmitry Zakharchenko began his career as an underground billionaire by serving in his position in the GUEBiPK of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation the interests of a group of bankers, including the owners of the Industrial Credit bank. (At that time, the position of deputy chairman of the board was held by Dmitry Motorin, a companion of the co-owners of 1520 Boris Usherovich and Valery Markelov). Zakharchenko's tasks were to protect credit institutions from the interest of law enforcement and fiscal departments. He received 150 thousand dollars a month for this. At the same time, all these banks “laundered” gigantic sums for structures receiving billions of dollars in contracts from Russian Railways. We are talking about dozens of companies that later became the 1520 Group of Companies. The owners of this structure were the adviser to the head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin, Andrei Krapivin (after his death, his son Alexei became him), Valery Markelov and Boris Usherovich. Later, the bankers, including Dmitry Motorin, actually became one with the "1520". And Zakharchenko's functions have expanded significantly. From now on, he began to monitor security and protected not only banks, but also the structures included in the "1520" from law enforcement officers and tax authorities. As a result, Zakharchenko began to entrust 20% of the income of shadow bankers and businessmen. It is clear that the functions of the "roof" for all this business, based on the theft of billions of rubles received from Russian Railways, was performed not only by Zakharchenko, there were other "siloviki" as well. With the active assistance of the leadership of Russian Railways in the times of Yakunin, "1520" got the service enterprises of the railways, suppliers of products that simply could not be removed from the "chain" of the normal functioning of Russian Railways. And the number of such enterprises "1520" was constantly growing, and along with them the amount of contracts grew. Moreover, these were such amounts that annually made it possible to shift tens of billions, or even hundreds of billions of rubles, into our pockets. Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko covered the embezzlement through the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.

According to, there are direct indications that the proceeds from the markets of the Year of Nisanov go into shadow circulation and, among other things, were used to give gigantic bribes to employees of the power unit. This was reported to the TFR by the fugitive banker German Gorbuntsov, who organized the shadow banking business. He acted as a kind of operator. Received huge amounts of dirty money in cash from the Nisanov markets for conversion and shipment abroad. The cash was used, among other things, to distribute bribes for the needs of Gorbuntsov's partners and VIP clients. While hiding from Russia, he grabbed the base of all the shadow wires, which he transferred to the TFR laptop. Here is an excerpt from this huge cash recipient base. So, “STOLYAR” in it is designated the ex-deputy head of the GUSB, and then the head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Central Federal District Sergey Dervyanko. "ZAKHAR" is Dmitry Zakharchenko, an employee of the GUEBiPK of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. IVITSA is co-owners of GK 1520 (the largest contractor of Russian Railways) Boris Usherovich and Valery Markelov. Zakharchenko and Markelov are in jail, Usherovich is wanted. Nisanov is still at large.

Markelov withdrew hundreds of millions of dollars, he has real estate in Spain, Cyprus, Switzerland, England, etc. There are also several luxury yachts. The money received, plus the proceeds from the sale of a stake in the 1520 Group of Companies to the Rotenbergs (this happened when Markelov was in jail), is more than enough to pay for the performance of Artem Markelov's son in the Formula-2 racing series, to spend millions of dollars on solving his problems with law enforcement. Markelov, for example, is now confident that thanks to these expenses he will receive as much as he served and will be released almost immediately. He also curses two of his mistakes. In 2018, Valery Markelov found out that the FSB was working on him and decided to settle outside the Russian Federation. From there, he solved his problems in the usual way - with money. As a result, Markelov was "reported" that everything was fine, the problem was solved. It was not someone who reported it, but his old acquaintance, a former employee of the FSB of the Russian Federation. And he decided that he could safely come to the Russian Federation, especially since there was a good reason for this - his son Artyom performed at the Formula 2 stage in Sochi. All this was an operational combination, the purpose of which was to lure Markelov into Russia. But even with all this, Markelov almost left. When everything was ready for detention, and Markelov was sitting with a suitcase in the lobby of one of the hotels, he received a messenger message. Later it turned out that the well-wisher b (not established) warned him about the planned detention. As a result, the suitcase remained, but Markelov went to the toilet and never returned to the hall. Escaped. He rented a room in another hotel using someone else's name, from which he did not go out. At the same time, Markelov managed to agree that he would be taken to Turkey by sea, the way smugglers use. Day X was just a day long when Markelov made an unforgivable mistake. He urgently needed a document that was stored on the disk, which could be accessed remotely. And Markelov entered the disk through the hotel WI-FI. This manipulation of his was tracked down, as well as the hotel in which he is hiding. Markelov was detained there. tracked Markelov's path to billions of Russian Railways.


              Andrey Krapivin officially held the position of adviser to the president (that is, the head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin) on banking issues and relations with the CIS countries at Russian Railways. And those around him knew him as "Yakunin's wallet." Through Krapivin, many issues related to large construction contracts for Russian Railways were resolved. Krapivin and Yakunin had known each other since the 90s, when Krapivin ran the small Mezhtransbank, through which the son of the future patriarch of the railways privatized the Pribaltiyskaya hotel in St. Petersburg at a bargain price, earning $ 100 million on it at once.

In 2005, they already took possession of Transelectromontazh OJSC (TEM, a subsidiary of Russian Railways), which provides the electrification of the entire railway and was previously controlled by the entourage of the former head of the state monopoly Gennady Fadeev. Krapivin and his long-time security friends Boris Usherovich and Valery Markelov somehow managed to get the former owners to transfer the company to their offshore companies and became co-owners of TEM along with Russian Railways, receiving considerable profits from contracts. Later, this trinity and with them Yakunin Jr. quickly took control of all the remaining key subsidiaries of Russian Railways, through which hundreds of billions of rubles of contracts passed (this is the carriage building Transmashholding, the grain carrier Rusagrotrans, the international freight carrier Freigh One, the design bureau Lengiprotrans ", private security company" Legion "," Infotech "and others). Son Alexei Krapivin was also attached to the case, becoming an imprisoned general, apparently to seize compensation from contractor companies not directly controlled by this group.


         According to, in total, under the control of this friendly team were about 200 companies that received funds from Russian Railways. We are talking about billions of dollars, most of which was deposited in the shadow "box office". Part of the money was laundered and cashed in Russia. And some went to the accounts of offshore companies in Switzerland. From 2007 to 2013 alone, $ 2.5 billion was withdrawn from Russia, received under contracts with Russian Railways. On April 20, 2015, Andrei Krapivin died, and Markelov became his successor in the rank of Yakunin's "purse".

It is clear that such a deceptive laundering mechanism could not work without reliable cover in the power unit. One of the covers was Dmitry Zakharchenko. Moreover, he coped with his tasks so successfully that he soon became a junior partner who received a share of shadow income. The share turned out to be so large that Zakharchenko literally "bathed" in money. He urgently "discharged" his father Viktor Dmitrievich from Rostov-on-Don, for whom he began to register one after another expensive apartments (the total cost will pull under 1 billion rubles).

And then the former teacher Viktor Dmitrievich Zakharchenko still had to become a person who was granted the right to manage accounts of offshore companies in Swiss banks. ( publishes a scan of Zakharchenko Sr.'s passport, which was attached to the documents for the right to manage accounts). These accounts received hundreds of millions of euros. True, it is not clear whether it was Dmitry Zakharchenko's share or part of the money stolen from Russian Railways, which was then supposed to be distributed among partners.

Борис Ушерович и Герман Горбунцов

When in early October 2018, co-owner of 1520 Valery Markelov was arrested for giving bribes to Dmitry Zakharchenko, an employee of the GUEBiPK of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. Another co-owner, Boris Usherovich, managed to escape. He was put on the federal wanted list. The third co-owner, Alexei Krapivin, did not manage to escape. He was at the time of Markelov's arrest in Sochi, where he hid. He was declared on the so-called operational wanted list. While in an underground position in Sochi, Alexei Krapivin approached Igor Rotenberg, whom he had previously known. I was looking for protection for myself and for business. Igor discussed the topic with senior family members. Consultations were held with the head of Russian Railways, Oleg Belozerov, who is considered a creature of the Rotenbergs. He said that he was ready to save all short-term contracts from 1520 to tens of billions of rubles and increase this flow of money. As a result, Igor Rotenberg expressed his readiness to purchase a new asset. After that, Krapivin voluntarily appeared in the TFR, gave evidence and remained only a witness in the case. Since November 2018, he has been known in the market as a consultant to Igor Rotenberg. And Igor Rotenberg himself, as the manager and not the official owner of 1520. It is with him that everything is decided e questions. There were also bonuses for Valery Markelov. Dmitry Zakharchenko testified in favor of him. And banker Vladimir Antonov refused to testify against Markelov. The main thing is that the issue of arresting Markelov's assets took a very long time and he managed to get everything out of the Russian Federation, with the exception of an apartment, a cottage and not a new limousine. His earnings for a share went abroad in 1520. The property of the third co-owner, Boris Usherovich, was also decided to be arrested, when he was almost gone in the Russian Federation. They managed to get everyone out. With a noticeable delay, Usherovich was put on the international wanted list and arrested in absentia. Now he is trying to resolve issues with business, since he has a lot of money. In London alone, the fund controlled by him and other ex-co-owners of 1520 disposes of $ 2 billion.

In the course of the investigation of the Zakharchenko case, the FSB of the Russian Federation and the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation raised new questions to the “fixer” Dmitry Smychkovsky, who is on the international wanted list for bribing the employees of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the release of the Italian “authority”. Sources said that he is now being actively tested for involvement in numerous other cases of bribery. So, within the framework of the Zakharchenko case, all mechanisms of bribery of law enforcement officers are being studied to co-owners of the 1520 Group of Companies (a major recipient of contracts from Russian Railways) Valery Markelov (currently in jail) and Boris Usherovich (wanted). They are charged with monthly payments to Zakharchenko for patronage. However, the investigators found that the co-owners of the 1520 Group of Companies paid bribes to other law enforcement officers. In particular, data was collected that through the "fixer" Dmitry Smychkovsky, who had extensive connections in the Investigative Committee, the co-owners of the GC "1520" paid money to former ICR employees, including Mikhail Maksimenko.

To be continued

Denis Zhirnov