Statement in relation to investigation against Dmitry Zakharchenko

An investigation opened against Dmitry Zakharchenko charged with abuse of office, obstruction of preliminary investigation, bribery on a very large scale (Article 285, 294 and 290 of the RF Penal Code) is ongoing.

Along with a large amount of investigative operations being conducted, investigators are looking into the origin of the money confiscated during a search in Zakharchenko’s residence. The money are now material evidence for revealing other instances of Zakharchenko’s bribery. The money has been arrested and is now in the storage of the Russian Central Bank.

For now the sum is 8.5 billion rubles and its source is being tracked down.

No other money is under investigation at the moment. The probe is ongoing and its progress will be reported to the public in due order.

Head of Media Relations                                                                                                                              V.I. Markin