Denis Nikandrov

First Deputy Head of the Main Directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee in Moscow.

Denis Nikandrov

Denis Vladimirovich Nikandrov was born on July 16, 1979.

His career began in the early 2000s in Volgograd. At that time, he served as an investigator for particularly important cases at the Prosecutor's Office of the Volgograd Region.

Nikandrov handled economic and corruption cases. It was he who led the case of Volgograd Mayor Yevgeniy Ishchenko in 2006-2007. The mayor stood accused malfeasance, abuse of office, and lobbying the interests of his businesses. In the end, some of the charges against Ishchenko were dropped. In June 2007, he was sentenced to one year imprisonment for illegal entrepreneurship and illegal possession of ammunition (this charge was added later). Recalling the investigative process, Yevgeniy Ishchenko claimed that Nikandrov "did not hesitate to use KGB methods of Stalin's time." He also said that the investigator used the techniques of mental pressure and even brute force to secure testimony.

In 2007-2008, Nikandrov led the case of the head of the regional police department Mikhail Tsukruk, who illegally collected funds from law enforcement for the repair of the police hospital. The high-ranking official also purchased three foreign cars in violation of the established order. In July 2008, the court sentenced him to two years' probation for abuse of authority.

In 2008, Nikandrov moved to Moscow. He worked in the Main Investigation Department of the Russian Prosecutor’s Office and conducted the case against his former boss, ex-head of that management, Dmitry Dovgiy. The latter stood accused of taking a bribe worth 750 thousand USD from a businessman, who was a defendant in a criminal case. The investigators claimed that the ex-head of the Investigation Department of the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office, Andrey Sagura, was a mediator in that deal.

In June 2009, the Moscow City Court found Dovgiy and Sagura guilty and sentenced them to nine and eight years in prison respectively. In January-February 2015, the corrupt officials were freed on parole.

This investigation allowed Nikandrov to take the position of a senior investigator for particularly important cases in the Main Investigation Directorate in less than a year.

One of Nikandrov’s most high-profile cases was the protection racket Moscow Region prosecutors provided for illegal casinos in 2011. Investigators claimed that the casino network was protected by local police officers and the regional prosecutor's office.

Two months after the investigation had started, in April of 2011, by decree of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Nikandrov was appointed a senior investigator for particularly important cases under the Chairman of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin. Next year, Nikandrov was promoted to Major General of Justice.

In an attempt to defend its staff, the Prosecutor General's Office tried several times to remove Nikandrov from the investigation, citing procedural violations. However, every time the Investigative Committee found no violations of the law. Nikandrov left this case only in May 2015, when he was appointed acting Deputy Head of the RF IC Main Directorate in Moscow. By that time, the gambling case collapsed almost completely, but Nikandrov refused to close it.

While working in the IC central office, Nikandrov led the case of director of the anti-corruption police department for the Commonwealth of the Independent States Alexander Bokov Office, who had been sentenced to nine years in prison in 2012, for stealing 10 million USD.

In 2013, Denis Nikandrov was investigating the case of embezzlement of billions of budgetary rubles under the guise of VAT refunds. During the investigation, the Prosecutor General's Office once again complained to Bastrykin about Nikandrov, who allegedly put illegal pressure on the defendants in the case and their families.

In February 2015, Alexander Drymanov became acting Head of the IC Main Directorate in Moscow. In April 2015, Nikandrov became his acting deputy. Previously, the two participated in the second case of YUKOS - Drymanov led investigation, while Nikandrov worked with the investigative teams. The former head of Menatep, Platon Lebedev claimed that Nikandrov had also acted as a search witness. The investigators were approved at their posts by the Russian President Vladimir Putin in April 2016.

On July 19, 2016, the first Deputy Head of the IC Main Directorate in Moscow Denis Nikandrov and two of his colleagues - Head of IC Department for Internal Affairs Mikhail Maksimenko and his deputy Alexander Lamonov – were detained on suspicion of involvement in Shakro Molodoy’s case. The FSB investigators suspect all three of them of taking bribes in the amount of $ 1 million from the kingpin Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy). With this bribe, the crowned thief attempted to close the criminal case against his associate Andrey Kochuykov.