воскресенье, 29 мая 2011 г.

Vladimir Potanin keeps stake in Norilsk Nickel


At the end of April co-owners of Russia’s aluminum giant United Co. RusAl Viktor Vekselberg and Leonard Blavatnik made unofficial offer to Vladimir Potanin to buy his 30% stake in Norilsk Nickel for a market price of $17b, but Potanin refused.

Oleg Deripaska, who controls UC RusAl, co-owner of Evraz Group Roman Abramovich, and co-owner of UC RusAl Mikhail Prokhorov were also ready to take part in the deal and form a consortium.

Officials of Interros Holding Co. said Potanin’s company did not receive the offer. Potanin has already rejected a number of offers to sell his stake in Norilsk Nickel. According to sources close to Potanin, Vekselberg and Blavatnik made an offer to sell their own 15.8% of shares of RusAl in a bid to bring an end to the conflict of shareholders. But Potanin rejected the offer.

In order to stop conflict between two shareholders, Vekselberg and Blavatnik 3 months ago offered to hold negotiations and buy Potanin’s stake, which would have given way to merger of RusAl and Norilsk Nickel.

In October 2010, according to the Russian Mafia (rumafia.com), Potanin made an offer to RusAl to buy 25% of shares of Norilsk Nickel for $9b, but RusAl rejected the offer. At the same time Potanin’s aluminum holding rejected the offer of Norilsk Nickel to buy 20% of the company for $12.8b. Minority shareholders of RusAl (Vekselberg, Blavatnik and Prokhorov) were willing to accept the offer, but Deripaska and Glencore rejected it. 

Active phase of the war has passed, but the shareholders are still in feud.


четверг, 26 мая 2011 г.

Prokhorov is to find a new name for the party he isn't a member of


Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov, the head of Onexim group, is to be named the leader of the Right Cause party after it  meets on 25 June. Prokhorov has already announced his plans to change name of the party. What is a new name, he does not know yet. “Of cause not. There is plenty of time [to choose]”. He told journalists that there were 15 basic variants and much more additional. Currently the survey is being held to choose the name which has greater public appeal. “The aim is to find a name which everyone likes. It is a hard task,” Prokhorov said. The party will vote for a new name at the ensuing meeting.

The Russian Mafia (rumafia.com) reports that Prokhorov said he was sorry about Khodorkovsky and Lebedev trial. He promised to give “political assessment” to such trials if he is elected the leader of the Right Cause. As a person, he profoundly regrets that such trials take place in Russia.

Prokhorov said he would quit the party in case of poor performance at the parliamentary elections. “Leader who fails to fulfill the task must go,” Prokhorov said. However he had no doubts his party would be represented in the lower house of Russian parliament. Earlier Prokhorov said he set a task to come second in the elections. He promised to work personally as a deputy of the State Duma. Prokhorov, one of Russia's richest men, said, “a tiny faction in the parliament is a real power if it has intellectual supremacy”.

Speaking about his cooperation with Boris Nemtsov, a co-chairman of unregistered Party of People’s Freedom (Parnas), Prokhorov said: “Borya is my good friends but we have different political views”. Speaking about Mikhail Kasyanov, Vladimir Ryzhkov and Vladimir Milov, Prokhorov said: “I respect these courages people. But if there is a problem - find the way to fix it, do not criticize”.


Tatyana Golikova is to spend 5m on new furniture


Tatyana Golikova, Russian health and social development minister, plans to spend 5m roubles ($0.17m) on a new cherry tree Leonardo leather suite of furniture which consists of 40 pieces. The government contract no. 0173100005411000095 have been posted on the internet, quoting state budget as “a source of investment”.The contract contains a detailed description of each piece. The carved table top with accessories in the form of inlaid pilasters of bronze colour rests upon two pedestals with carved handles. The table top is covered with natural leather.

The suite also includes 8 wardrobes made of mahogany, each having bronze pilasters, carved and inlaid.

There will be 7 tables in the office - the minister's table, coffee table, table for negotiations, table for informal talks, working table, table for briefings and another table. The contract gives such requirements for the ministry's chair: made of natural wood, сovered by elite Italian cherry Alcantara leather, with a function to support head.

A source in the ministry said, the furniture will be put in the hall for receptions and collegium meeting hall. He explained high prices for the suite by special requirements set for decorating rooms in the ministerial building. “The interior has had the same style since the time when the building was occupied by Northern Insurance Society and later the Constitutional Court”.

The deadline for the bids is 10th June. The auction, according to the Russian Mafia portal (rumafia.com), is to be held on 17th June. 

Ria Novosti

Yakemenko doubts Kashin was beaten


Vasily Yakemenko has brought libel suit in Moscow’s Khamovnichesky Court against Oleg Kashin who blogged he did not doubt in Yakemenko’s version of his beating. Yakemenko also filed suits against Noviye Izvestiya newspaper that quoted Kashin’s blog on its internet site, and political analyst Aleksand Morozov who mentioned Yakemenko in the article claiming «the youngsters of the period of idiotism» might be the ones to blame for Kashin's beating.   

Yakemenko, the Russian Mafia web portal (rumafia.com) earlier reported, called Kashin «zomby», «lizzard» and «amphibian» on his blog. The words triggered public indignation and Yakemenko stopped blogging. He explained his words by «a bid to stop endless speculation on tragedy» in his last blog.

At the trial, a representative of Noviye Izvestiya proposed to summon Gazeta.ru on-line publication as a witness, because the newspaper quoted Gazeta.ru. Yakemenko’s lawyer Sergey Zhorin supported the motion. But Kashin said that it was he who said about Yakemenko’s version and judge Igor Kananovich did not accept the motion.

The Judge offered to settle down 0.5m roubles ($17,500) libel suit with each of 3 defendants but both Yakemenko and the defendants refused. The plaintiff's representative also refused to change the sum of the suit. Kashin's lawyer Ramil Akhmetnaliev asked court whether it needs the evidence of the attack on Kashin. The plaintiff's representative said that the files of investigation were classified and that is why it was interesting to know how Kashin could prove he had been attacked. As a result, the judge asked Russia's Investigative Committee to provide the papers, which can prove the investigation into Kashin's beating was opened.    

Kashin also asked to summon to court first deputy head of the Staff of the President of Russia Vladislav Surkov. The journalist claims this is a person who coordinates the political movements of young people. But this motion was not accepted. 


понедельник, 23 мая 2011 г.

The presidential advisor is against lowering petrol duties


Arkady Dvorkovich, an advisor to the president, proposes lowering tax on natural resources extraction, not excise duty on petrol, in a bid to stabilize domestic petrol market. It is more logical, Dvorkovich says, because subsoil tax goes to the federal funds, whereas excise duties - to the regional budgets. Thereby, the state will not do harm to the regional economy (which in several regions is supported by the state funds).   

Recently many Russian regions have faced «troubles with petrol»: the prices have risen substantially, following the roaring demand for petrol after shortages. The energy ministry said, 67% increase in petrol export and withholding petrol by the giants have triggered current crisis. 

Russian Federal Anti-monopoly Service, the competition watchdog, proposed reducing excise duties on petrol if global oil prices rise above $90 per barrel.

Besides, it was proposed to give up step-by-step increase of excise duties on petrol, planned for 2012 and 2013, and to adjust the duties at the rate 0.9 of inflation. The planned boosting of the duties may result in increase in petrol prices by 6-8% annually. The watchdog also proposed raising export duties up to 90% of the duties on oil.   

On May 1, the government of the Russian federation raised export duties, according to the proposals, to $408.3 per ton.

This step, according to assessment of the energy ministry, will help bring additional 200 thousand tons of petrol to domestic market, since it will be sensible for oil refiners to sell petrol to domestic customers rather than export it.

Deputy finance minister Sergey Shatalov said that imposing higher export duties is a «provisional measure» which will be in force for 2 or 3 months. Elvira Nabiullina, the minister of economic development, said the duties may be in force till the end of June. 


пятница, 20 мая 2011 г.

Criminal boss Kaplan to face justice in Spain


«Following the order of the prosecutor general of the Russian Federation, on May 18, at Domodedovo airport Leonid Semenovich Kaplan was transferred to officials of the kingdom of Spain», says the official statement issued by the Prosecutor General's office.

In February 2008 Spanish justice ministry asked Russia's general procuracy to detain Kaplan and extradite him to face charges of laundering the money of Russian criminal boss Zakhary Kalashov (alias: Shakro the Young).

The Russian Mafia (rumafia.com) reported that Kaplan was arrested in Moscow on March 5, 2010. According to the Prosecutor General's office, it took a year to establish whether Kaplan is eligible for extradition. Within a year Spanish authorities submitted the supporting documents necessary for extradition. Leonid Kaplan's lawyers appealed against the extradition, but the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the general procuracy. 

On May 12, 2011, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation ruled to extradite the businessman to Spain. His defence claims his extradition was carried out with violation of law.

The lawyers says that Russian authorities denied Kaplan the right to live and receive medical treatment. «It was not an extradition, it was a kidnapping of seriously ill person», Marina Yarosh, the businessman's lawyer, said. According to the European Convention on Extradition of 1957, she said, it is forbidden to extradite seriously ill people without permission of doctors. A few weeks ago Kaplan had kidney cancer surgery and was undergoing treatment in Blokhin Cancer Research Center in Moscow's Kashirskoye Highway. 

Marina Yarosh said, when the FSB agents were refused the permission to transfer Kaplan they “snatched” him. “At 2 a.m. 10 armed agents of the FSB rushed in the ward, lay the centre's guard down and ordered the nurse on duty to stand still facing the wall. They transferred him to the airport and hand over to Spaniards,” the lawyer said. Kaplan was not allowed to take personal belongings and prescribed drugs he had to take in according to the schedule. The relatives of Leonid Kaplan had not been informed of the date of extradition, the lawyer said, it violates the rights of her defendant.



Khodorkovsky and Lebedev are NOT prisoners of conscience


International human rights organisation Amnesty International has replied to an open letter (“letter of 45”) by a group of Russian intellegentsia who in March 2011 asked AI to declare the head of Yukos and the CEO of Menatep the prisoners of conscience. “Amnesty International considers a person to be a prisoner of conscience only if it can tell for sure that not a single accusation brought against him is justified,” the reply reads.

The human rights group stressed the fact that Khodorkovsky and Lebedev face charges of fraud and tax-evasion. It is the second time when Amnesty International refuses to declare Khodorkovsky and his fellow defendant the prisoners of conscience.

However, the organisation does not exclude the possibility it makes up its mind. “Amnesty International is currently scrutinising the court order in the second trial. We will reconsider our position in a view of ensuing appeal and according to our policy and principles”.

The Russian Mafia (rumafia.com) reference: Amnesty International has published 2011 report on human rights in the world. In the section about Russia the authors of the document paid special attention to the second trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. “The independence of the Russian judiciary rises serious doubts. The charges brought against them are probably politically motivated”.


четверг, 19 мая 2011 г.

Lev Leviev outwitted Alrosa


Lev Leviev has struck a deal to sell 18% stake in Angola’s Catoca diamond mine company to a Chinese company called China Sonangol, according to a letter by president of Russia’a Alrosa Fedor Andreyev to finance minister Aleksey Kudrin, who chairs the supervisory board of Alrosa.   

The deal secured, Chinese-Angolan alliance takes control of Catoca company. China Sonangol is about to become first Chinese company ever to own an indigenous diamond deposit in Africa (and one of largest in the world). The experts say that the purchase, made by China, the second largest consumer of diamonds, might be significant for the world diamond market.     

Fedor Andreyev informs the Ministry of Finance that lawyers of Alrosa are working on an opinion letter. They want to assess legitimacy of the deal in terms of Angolan law and the company’s charter. Both the law and the charter grant the priority right to purchase stakes in the company to the shareholders of Catoca

Even if Alrosa decides to bring a motion against the deal, it is unlikely that the court overturns the agreement. Lev Leviev resorted to a widespread trick. A loophole  helped him to avoid the necessity to make an offer to the shareholders. He sold not the asset itself, but an off-shore company which owns the asset, worth $400m. 

According to the dossier of the Russian Mafia (rumafia.com), Lev Leviev bought Catoca from Alrosa for $20m at the end of the 1990s, when Alrosa faced financial difficulties due to the fact that there were no export quotae.  

Catoca diamond mine (A Sociedade Mineira de Catoca Lda) was established in 1992 to mine a volcanic (kimberlite) pipe of the same name. Lev Leviev’s Daumonty Financing owned 18% of the company. 32.8% belongs to the state company Endiama, another 32.8% - to Alrosa, the rest to - Brazilian Odebrecht.

Established in 2004 China Sonangol, based in Hong Kong, is the largest consumer of Angolan oil. The company is engaged in a number of construction projects in Angola, such as a new international airport in Luanda (Loanda), which is to become the largest in Africa.


Head of Onexim Group is ready to champion the Right Cause


Mikhail Prokhorov is said to have met prime-minister Vladimir Putin and president Dmitry Medvedev. It is said that they discussed future of the Pravoye Delo (Right Cause) pro-business political party and Prokhorov received permission to lead what might become second party in the parliament after the elections in December.

The Kremlin long ago started to select a leader for the oppositional party. First deputies prime-minister Aleksey Kudrin and Igor Shuvalov, adviser to the president Arkady Dvorkovich were said to be the candidates. Finance minister Kudrin was faced with the hard choice: either the post in the government or the leadership in the party. Shuvalov did not want to take the risk. Dvorkovich was ready to lead the party (in case he was offered to), but refused to become its member. 

A source of the Russian Mafia portal (rumafia.com) said that if Prokhorov was brought in as a leader he was going to promote his highly controversial political proposals. Earlier Prokhorov admitted that he had come up with the idea to move into politics with what he calls right-wing ideas while drafting a new Labour Code in Russian Union of Industrialists and Enterpreneurs.

Prokhorov has for long advocated adopting a new Labour Code. He suggests that the 60-hour long week should be introduced, the proposal already condemned both by the trade unions and the State Duma. The prime-minister himself made a statement assuring the population that the government did not plan to make the working week longer.

Prokhorov has not yet outlined his political programme, but he said he would do it very soon. The gold and nickel tycoon insists the Right Cause will be “the party of common sense”. “[The party] needs more people who are sane and adequate. There are a lot of them [in Russia] - teachers, engineers, businessmen, people with different professions. They want to live here, in Russia, and they want to have normal, decent life,” the oligarch said.

 A few members of the Right Cause has already supported Mr Prokhorov’s candidacy. Co-founder of the party Leonid Goizman did not make any forecast about outcome of the State Duma elections, but he said if Prokhorov led the party it would have large faction in the parliament.

Prokhorov has long been rumoured to be attracted as a heavyweight leader to the party which might become a political platform for Dmitry Medvedev in case he decides to run in the presidential elections in 2012.


понедельник, 16 мая 2011 г.

Global Gaming Expo swindler extradited to Russia


In Russia Aleksey Kalinichenko is accused of having defrauded four thousand of minor shareholders of his company, including citizens of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Kazakhstan and Israel.

According to Russian mafia portal (rumafia.com), in 2006 Aleksey Kalinichenko established United FX-Traders Group (UTG) Limited Liability Corporation and its daughter company Global Gaming Expo (GGE) LLC. The companies traded the assets of Russian shareholders in the foreign exchange market by trust. In August 2006 GGE stopped paying the shareholders and their accounts in UTG-Account system were frosen. Total damage of the forex scam exceeded 1b roubles ($36). The businessman fled from Russia.

In 2006 Chief Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Urals Federal Circuit opened criminal investigation into Kalinichenko’s affairs under Article 159.4 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Fraud”). An international arrest warrant was issued. In 2008 Italian police arrested the businessman. However, a court of first instance refused to extradite Kalinichenko on grounds that “Russian authorities did not provide full picture of the consequences of Kalinichenko’s activity”. In October 2009 the Supreme Court of Italy overturned the decision of a lower court and allowed to extradite Kalinichenko. But by that time the businessman had already left Italy.

A few months later Interpol agents found the businessman in Morocco. The authorities of the kingdom agreed on extradition in June 2010, but the ultimate decision was made only in April 2011. According to Russian police agents, Aleksey Kalinichenko applied to various international human right group trying to delay the process. The businessman claimed his life might be at peril because he might be put in Ekaterinburg’s investigation isolation ward N1, where Aleksandr Khabarov, a boss of Uralmash mob, died in  strange circumstances. 


Global Gaming Expo swindler extradited to Russia


In Russia Aleksey Kalinichenko is accused of having defrauded four thousand of minor shareholders of his company, including citizens of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Kazakhstan and Israel.

According to Russian mafia portal (rumafia.com), in 2006 Aleksey Kalinichenko established United FX-Traders Group (UTG) Limited Liability Corporation and its daughter company Global Gaming Expo (GGE) LLC. The companies traded the assets of Russian shareholders in the foreign exchange market by trust. In August 2006 GGE stopped paying the shareholders and their accounts in UTG-Account system were frosen. Total damage of the forex scam exceeded 1b roubles ($36). The businessman fled from Russia.

In 2006 Chief Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Urals Federal Circuit opened criminal investigation into Kalinichenko’s affairs under Article 159.4 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Fraud”). An international arrest warrant was issued. In 2008 Italian police arrested the businessman. However, a court of first instance refused to extradite Kalinichenko on grounds that “Russian authorities did not provide full picture of the consequences of Kalinichenko’s activity”. In October 2009 the Supreme Court of Italy overturned the decision of a lower court and allowed to extradite Kalinichenko. But by that time the businessman had already left Italy.

A few months later Interpol agents found the businessman in Morocco. The authorities of the kingdom agreed on extradition in June 2010, but the ultimate decision was made only in April 2011. According to Russian police agents, Aleksey Kalinichenko applied to various international human right group trying to delay the process. The businessman claimed his life might be at peril because he might be put in Ekaterinburg’s investigation isolation ward N1, where Aleksandr Khabarov, a boss of Uralmash mob, died in  strange circumstances. 


суббота, 14 мая 2011 г.

Russian shadow finance genius serves both security services


The trial of former head of inner control of Prombank Elena Chernykh in Moscow's Presnya District Court has come to a close. Chernykh is accused of illegal cash-out transactions. The criminal proceedings against the main suspect in this case - shadow banker Evgeny Dvoskin - have been dismissed.

Dvoskin has been under protection of the FSB of Russia for several years. He is unlikely to be brought to justice neither in Russia, nor in any other country (by the way, he has been on FBI wanted list for a decade). Dvoskin's insinkability is easily explainable if we take into consideration the fact that that he was a key banker in affairs of Russian mafia (asset-stripping, cash-out and money-laundering). He worked for the business, set up by criminal bosses, top brass, high-rank officials and large bankers.  


 The FBI double agent

 Evgeny was born in Odessa in 1966. Mother gave a child her surname - Slusker. In the 70s Zhenya's mother moved to the USA on so-called «the third wave» of Russian emigration. She changed her son's name to Eugene. The family lived in Brighton Beach, New York City, where teenage Zhenya-Eugene met Russian-speaking mobsters. Most of them were hoodlums, but a few were affiliated with the groups of Marat Balagula (alias: Big Man) and Boris Nayfeld (alias: Biba).

Not once Slusker was detained by the NY police for minor offences, such as taxi drive-away. But he never faced real terms. A source in law-enforcement agencies told Russian Mafia portal (rumafia.com) that he managed to escape punishment, because he worked as an agent and provided the FBI with information about Russian mafia. Eugene changed his aliases as his criminal record became lengthier: young man was known as Altman, Kozin, Slushke. Finally he stopped at Shuster. 

Eugene Shuster remained a Biba's foot soldier. Apart from racketeering, he specialised in gasoline bootlegging. The federal law of the USA stipulates lower tax for the gasoline if it is used for heating of the residential quarters. Russian mobsters set up shell companies which distributed the gasoline through the chain of dispensers at market prices while on paper the gasoline aimed for heating. The government lost fortunes.

Besides that the mobsters' companies understated the amount of sold gasoline. Shuster was involved in the bootlegging in 1980s. He did legwork for criminal bosses of different levels. In 1991 he was arrested for fraud. This time he was found guilty and convicted, though his term was not long and his fine was considerably small. It is likely he again decided to do the police a favour in exchange to leniency. 

In 1992 he participated in an operation to arrest Monya Elson (alias: Monya from Kishinev), a boss of Russian mafia in the USA and main rival of Biba. Eugene picked on a Brighton Beach shop's owner. The shop was controlled by Monya. Elson himself came to sort things out. He dragged Eugene out and promised to cut off his head.  They fixed the date for showdown. When Monya from Kishinev arrived he was captured by the federal agents. He was accused of kidnapping of Eugene Shuster and threatening him. 


Cousin of Little Japanese

Adventurous young man continued his illegal affairs with gasoline and began to learn how to launder the returns. In 1994 he again found himself behind the bars - in Ohio. He was accused of gasoline returns tax-evasion and released on bail. The court was to declare its order in 1995, but Eugene simply did not come to the court rooms.  

Eventually he was detained in New-York City and sentenced to 27 months in prison, where he met person which changed his whole life. His prison mate turned out to be thief-in-law Vyacheslav Ivankov, who had alias Yaponchik (Little Japanese).

Ivankov was convicted for extortion. He extorted businessmen from Chara bank. Russian-speaking mobsters found plenty to talk about. It emerged that Eugene's mother was a relative of Ivankov's wife. The kingpin liked a newly-found member of the family. Kiddingly he nicknamed Eugene his cousin. Yaponchik appreciated Eugene expertise in criminal finance and organised crime money laundering. Slusker-Shuster was released, having a reference letter from mighty Yaponchik in his pocket. The reference enabled him to join criminal brigade of Aleksandr Bor (alias: Timokha), thief-in-law in charge of Ivankov's business affairs in the USA for the period of Yaponchik's imprisonment.   

In 1996-1997 Bor and members of the Gambino and Gravano families developed a large-scale stock manipulation scheme. They paid bribes to brokers who created artificial demand for the securities of the companies belonging to the mobsters. When the stock price skyrocketed, the mafia dumped the shares at a million dollars profit. The customers and investors landed on the scrapheap, because in fact companies cost nothing. 

The USA was rocked by a series of «mobstock» scandals. Slusker-Shuster was involved in the scams. Very soon the FBI decided to investigate. In 1999 a number of people were arrested for fraud. Timokha Bor had to flee the USA. He located himself in Germany. But after a while he was arrested on suspicions of killing criminal boss Efim Laskin.

Another person came to the USA to change Slusker - Dzhumber Elbakidze, a shadow broker of thieves-in-law. In the USSR he represented interests of Georgian brigade commanders in Abkhazia and fought on Georgian side in Georgian-Abkhazian war. Eventually he continued his old business - financial services for thieves-in-law. His clients included most influential criminal bosses, such as Aslan Usoyan (alias: Ded Khasan) and Vyacheslav Ivankov.

Dzhuba-Eugene American partnership did not last for long. Probably, Slusker-Shuster went out of conrol of the federal agents. In 2000 Eugene was arrested in Brooklyn for identity document forgery. He was expelled, due to the violations of immigration laws. Slusker-Shuster did not manage to obtain the US citizenship. He returned to his mother-city Odessa. The unsuccessful American obtained Russian ID with his grandmother surname Dvoskin. Later the Federal Migration Service claimed the document invalid. In 2002 the FBI put Dvoskin on wanted list on charges of «money laundering conspiracy and fraud».


Russian financial policy was discussed at a kingpin's birthday

Having obtained Russian ID, Evgeny Dvoskin moved to Moscow at the end of 2002. By that time Elbakidze had also moved to Moscow, he eagerly accepted Dvoskin in his team. Moscow's thieves-in-law, including Ded Khasan, treated him with favour (he was a cousin of Yaponchick!). They gave Evgeny alias - Chegrash (in Russian a name for domestic pigeon).

Dvoskin's affairs in Russia included international money-laundering criminal scheme. The idea was to unite channels of asset-stripping and money-laundering. The plan was finally approved at a meeting of criminal bosses, which took place in Montiboli hotel in Spanish Alicante city om March 20-21, 2003. According to the «tradition», the meeting's pretext was celebration of kingpin Zakhariy Kalashov's birthday. Such criminal bosses as Aslan Usoyan, Vladimir Tyurin (alias: Tyurik), Vitaly Izgilov (alias: the Beast), Tariel Oniani (alias: Taro), Merab Gogia (alias: Merab), Dzhamal Khachidze (he represented Solntsevskaya mob and had alias Dzhamal), Vakhtang Kardava, Mamuka Mikeladze, Armen Aratyunov, businessmen Konstantin Manukyan and Leon Lann took part in the meeting. Two businessmen were invited to help successfully invest Russian mafia money. Russian part of the task was given to Elbakidze and his assistants - Dvoskin and Ivan Myazin.

Myazin was born in 1964 in Krasnoyarsk Region. He was convinced for robberies. Later he joined team of notorious member of the upper chamber of Russian Parliament Andrey Ishchuk which organised hostile takeovers. Myazin was suspected of killing a large shareholder of Samara tank (reservoir) metal structures plant (this asset was a subject of Ishchuk's activities). He joined Elbakidze's group as an expert in forceful takeovers. The mobsters looked for suitable financial institutions.

Very soon the mobsters' activities drew attention of the security agencies. But this looked more like a partership. The FSB of the Russian Federation which protected certain thieves-in-law, namely Yaponchik and Ded Khasan, began to «supervise» the channel and use it in its own commercial affairs. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, function to «curate» the scheme was given to Directorate «M» and its director Vladimir Kryuchkov. 

There is another explanation of tender feelings the FSB has towards Evgeny Dvoskin, provided by an insider who told Russian Mafia portal (rumafia.com) the following. In the 1990s a number of agents, operation and the whole regimes were exposed by foreign security agencies due to banal inability to hide channels and sources of funds. The financing channel established by Elbakidze and Dvoskin was very reliable. «No one can foul the trail and conceal money in the West better than he does. He helps states security сonsiderably».- Our source said.              

Apart from security services, the channel was used by oligarchs and officials. Dvoskin and Co provided quick cash-out services for ordinary businessman at 5-8% rate.  A source in the Ministry of Internal Affairs said the scheme went up to the level of the Bank of Russia senior management. Deputy chairman of the Central Bank Gennady Melikyan, deputy head of the Central Bank directorate for Moscow Dmitry Yan and the head of 5th department of the Central Bank directorate for Moscow and active FSB agent Aleksandr Korneshov were involved in the scheme. Russian mafia portal (rumafia.com) has obtained a footage made by the police which shows Dvoskin with securities arriving at the Central Bank directorate for Moscow headquarters in Balchug Street to meet Yan.

Criminal financing channel was used by different Russian mafia organised groups: first of all, the groups based in St Petersburg - Malyshevskaya group, Tambovskaya group etc. Russian mafia money were being legalized in Spanish by the kingpins from St Petersburg who settled down in that country - Aleksandr Malyshev (alias: Gonsales) and Gennady Petrov.


The banking system under the control of Chegrash

Starting in 2003 more than 30 Russian banks were under the tacit control of Elbakidze and Dvoskin. Some of them were used for money laundering and taking out of Russia hundreds of billions of rubles and tens of billions of dollars. In 2003-2004 through fly-by-night firms Dzhuba and Chegrash bought up such banks as Rodnik, AKA-Bank, Centurion, Vertical, Vitas, NEP. Management of the banks they delegated to businessmen Boris Sokalsky and Sergey Turbin. As a result, according to the Ministry of the Interior, during several years 235 billion rubles, 391 million dollars, and 66 million euros were cashed and transferred abroad through these banks and fly-by-nights.

When law enforcement agencies began closely watching activities of these banks, Dvoskin and Elbakidze carried out a new project, taking control over bank Discount. From June 30 to August 29, 2006 two major companies transferred 41 billion rubles to the account of Discount. The money was then transferred to three offshore companies and could no longer be traced abroad. In the same 2006 Dzhuba and Chegrash cashed and transferred abroad 75 billion rubles through KomusInkass. At the same time the two criminals bought Alexey Frenkel’s Evroprominvest Bank, through which they also managed to launder tens of billions. Elbakidze also tried to use for his criminal business VIP Bank, another entity of Frenkel. But Andrey Kozlov, Central Bank Deputy Chairman, interfered with the situation. He launched a check in Discount and VIP Bank. In September 2006 Kozlov was shot in Moscow.

Frenkel was convicted for the murder of Kozlov. According to investigators, he hired a contract killer to eliminate Kozlov because he believed that the Central Bank Deputy Chairman was ruining his business by not authorizing VIP-bank to perform deposit insurance. At the same time, immediately after the murder of Kozlov, Dzhumber Elbakidze left Russia in a hurry.

Dzhuba was later declared wanted on charges of forgery. Evgeny Dvoskin became the sole king of cashing and money laundering. By this time Evgeny’s “uncle" Yaponchik and Alexander Bor already returned to Russia.

Banks came under the control of Dvoskin in different ways. At first there were attempts to bribe the top management. If that did not work, force was used. Thus, in 2007 the head of Intelfinans Mikhail Zavertyaev was beaten by Chegrash and his bodyguard right in Zavertyaev’s office, which resulted in three months in hospital. While the banker was in hospital, 11.7 billion rubles were cashed and laundered through Intelfinans. Elena Chernyh, who was then working in the Intelfinans, helped Dvoskin.

In the same 2007 Dvoskin and Myazin intimidated bank Falcon CEO so much that she agreed to convert her lending institution in the financial cesspool just for 30 thousand dollars. As a result, over a short period of time about 100 billion criminal rubles were transferred trough Falcon.

Laundering mechanism, created by Dvoskin, is perfectly clear on the example of a criminal case on the legalization of $ 5 billion, which was investigated by the Investigating Committee at the Ministry of Interior.

In 2007 the police began monitoring three Dagestani banks: Antares, Ruby, and Union Bank through which 80 billion rubles were laundered. Investigators found that the money in the Dagestani banks came from more than 250 fly-by-night companies whose accounts were opened in Moscow banks Eksportbank, Printbank, Kreditimpeks Bank, and Alfa-Bank. Materials related to Dagestani banks remained in the republic. All other documents were handed to the Investigating Committee under the Ministry of the Interior which instituted a separate criminal case. In autumn 2007 seizure of documents as part of this case was held at the head office of Alfa Bank, which had correspondent accounts and eliminations ledger in Ruby and Antares. As a result, the Investigating Committee under the Ministry of the Interior spotted the largest scheme of legalization and cashing funds, which was used to transfer several billion dollars abroad.

According to the collected evidence, the scheme operated as follows. Billions of dollars from the accounts of hundreds of dump firms flowed into funds accumulating fly-by-nights with accounts at Alfa-Bank, Uralsib, and Smolensky.  Then the money was transferred to the accounts of other dump firms in Kreditimpeks in 2006, Intelfinans in 2007, and Eksportbank and Printbank. Part of the funds was cashed out there and part went for cashing to regional banks, including Dagestani ones. By the way, this is how police found an explanation as to why every day couriers took tens of millions of rubles (often falling victims of robbers, or even police officers) from Dagestan to Moscow. This money was cashed in Dagestan and sent back to customers in the capital.

Another part of the money (mainly through Kreditimpeks) went abroad on fictitious contracts. Alexander Malyshev, who once was an uncrowned king of Gangster Petersburg, was in charge of this section of the business.

According to police investigators, Evgeny Dvoskin and Ivan Myazin took control of average size banks which then were integrated into the scheme. It was they who were in charge of the activities of Dagestani banks, Kreditimpeks, Intelfinans, Eksportbank, and Printbank. Major financial institutions involved in the same scheme, namely Alfa-Bank, Uralsib and Smolensk were supervised directly by the Head of the Counter-Espionage division of the Federal Security Service (FSB). In particular, the father of Nikolaev, supervisor of one of the divisions, headed the security service in Uralsib.


Dvoskin triggered the war of agencies

Investigating Committee under the Ministry of the Interior zealously took up the investigation of the case. Seizures of documents were again conducted in Alfa Bank and other lending institutions. On September 13, 2007, investigators searched Dvoskin’s cottage in the village of Trusovo, where they found a gun. According to the police, FSB immediately made it clear to them that "they should mind their own business" and "they were interfering with the security system of Russia without possessing the necessary information."

However, this did not stop investigators. And then measures were taken in response. In October 2007 Evgeny Dvoskin submitted a statement to Nicholay Aulov, chief of the State Department of the Ministry of the Interior in Central federal district. In the statement, Alexander Soloviev, officer of the Department for Organized Crime and Terrorism Control, was accused of extorting a million dollars for stopping Dvoskin’s prosecution and for illegal possession of weapons. The FSB Counter-Espionage division was the one charged with the investigation.

It turned out that this was a nicknamed of the officer of the Department for Organised Crime and Terrorism Control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Aleksandr Sharkevich, whose task was to penetrate into the criminal groups in order to expose its leaders. Once he was infiltrated into the group of Chechen terrorists, which enabled to arrest suicide bombers. The Minister of Interior Affairs awarded Sharkevich with award weapon. Another officer of the Department Dmitry Tselyakov was Sharkevich's friend. Tselyakov was in charge of operational escorting in the laundering case.

On October 23 counter-espionage officers arrested Sharkevich. He refused to cooperate and did not testified agains Tselyakov (later the jury cleared Sharkevich of charges of bribery - he got a short term for illegal keeping of bullets of award gun). However, the situation let the FSB loose. 

Criminal investigation into Sharkevich’s case was carried out by the Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor’s office (SKP). The Prosecutor’s office had its own inner control devision - headed by Vladimir Maksimenko, an officer of the Directorate M, sent to the Prosecutor's office.

At the beginning of 2008, as part of the investigation in Sharkevich's case, SKP takes the investigation into laundering case from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and begins its own investigation under the pretext of checking the information that the investigators from the ministry planted weapon in Dvoskin's country house. SKP began to question members of investigation group of the Ministry of Internal affairs: Aleksandr Nosenko, Dmitry Tselyakov and the head of the group Gannady Shantin. The situation was reversed by Aleksey Anichin, chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Ministry of Internal affairs, and the Prosecutor General Office. Deputy prosecutor general Grin ordered the investigation to be given back to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. SKP first ignored the order, than returned the files to the Ministry, but without an important piece of evidence - the gun which the investigators had found on Dvoskin. Dvoskin himself (as a «victim» in Sharkevich's case) was put under protection of the Directorate «M».

When the files were returned, the Ministry of Internal Affairs went on with investigation. Having studied the evidence gathered in Alfa-bank offices and in other financial institutions, they got on the track of Aleksandr Malyshev, a mobster in charge of Spanish part of the money laundering scheme. Russia's National Bureau of Interpol sent information to Spanish authorities who got intrested in Malyshev. In June 2008 Spanish police carried out large-scale operation to arrest Malyshev, Gennady Petrov and a number of other mobsters from St Petersburg and Moscow. Soon after that the investigation group of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was smashed up.

Dvoskin's criminal associates - bankers German Gorbuntsov and Petr Chuvilin appealed to the FSB claiming Nosenko and Tselyakov extorted a million euros from them. This was money, Gorbunov and Chuvilin claimed, the investigators asked to stop «squeezing» their banks. The SKP initiated criminal investigation. The FSB arrested intractable investigators. The FSB did not catch them red-handed, but at the same time the agents arrested Kastuevas and Baydenko, Latvian business partners of Chuvilin and Gorbuntsov. Kastuevas and Baydenko testified that the money aimed for the investigators of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs.       

Let us notice that Tselyakov and Nosenko are not ordinary people. Before joining the Ministry of Internal Affairs Dmitry Tselyakov worked for the Ninth Directorate of the KGB of the USSR and was Michail Gorbachov's bodyguard. Aleksandr Nosenko's aunt - retired general of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Duma deputy Tatyana Moskalnikova. Soon after Tselyakov and Nosenko's arrest Gorbuntsov and Chuvilin again appealed to the FSB, claiming Moskalnikova having threteaned them.

As part of Tselyakov-Nosenko case, the SKP again took the investigation of money-laundering case from the Ministy of Internal Affairs. The SKP also tried to open criminal proceedings against Shantin. The Ministry of Internal Affairs did its best to protect him. The FSB made it a condition that Shantin was no longer to take part in investigations connected with banks. As a result he was transferred to the control and methodics department of the Investigation Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In 2010 he retired.  

The investigation into money laundering and illegal out-cashing (of billions dollars) was split into a number of separate cases - and each case went to different division of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs and the SKP. As a result, the investigation was shelved. Criminal proceedings against Evgeny Dvoskin, on suspicions of beatings of Intelfinans chairman and laundering money through the bank, were terminated in December 2010. The only person brought to justice was former Intelfinans employee Elena Chernykh.                   


Monaco's goof

Despite his insinkability, in August 2008 Evgeny Dvoskin was on the edge of catastrophy. When he was on business in Monaco, the American FBI asked local government to arrest Chegrash. The FBI interest was to get first-hand information about financing channels from Russia. Him being a wanted mobster was just a pretext.

Evgeny faced a dilemma: whether to resume cooperation with the FBI or to remain loyal to current patrons. Help came from the government of Monaco. It did not want to conflict neither with the USA (demanding the extradition), nor with Russia (protesting against the extradition). The authorities decided to sort the issue out in pure legal term. There is no such thing as «fraud conspiracy» in the law of the principlity. Monaco refused to extradite Dvoskin. But before he went back to Moscow, they allowed an American agent to question him.

At present Dvoskin withdrew from business, because his patrons lost their power. SKP dismissed inner control department and Maksimenkov left his office. Krychkov retired from the post of chairman of Directorate M of the FSB. Yaponchik was killed by the contract killer (there was a wreath signed «For dear uncle» Dvoskin sent for the funeral). Ded Khasan was short by a contract killer, he can not recover from the wound in stomach. According to the agents, Dvoskin is a usual guest in the Bank of Russia. He has coonections among bankers, but large-scale schemes are in the past.

Not long ago Dvoskin and Myazin bought two islands in the Dominican Republic - one for each. Myazin spends most of his time there. Evgeny is still afraid of flying to Dominikana - the FBI arrest warrant is still in force. He prefers to live a life of glamour in a luxurious penthouse in the center of Moscow city.

Thomas Petrov, Alexey Gordon, Rumafia.com

Head of Heritage Capital ignored the summons


William Browder, the CEO at Hermitage Capital hedge fund, was summoned by an official summons issued by investigator Oleg Silchenko to appear in Moscow on May 12, at 11 am. Neither businessman, nor his representative has turned up in the Investigative Committee. Browder has not informed the investigator about reasons of his absentia.

The Investigative Committee spokesman said that the investigator was planning to get Browder acquainted with the new redaction of accusation and to question him as the  accused. The spokesman added that there were no restrictions on William Browder’s entering Russia and that his references to supposed ban from entering Russia were false. 

The Investigation Committee issued another summons, inviting Browder to appear on May 16, at 10 am. In case he does not come again, “necessary legal measures will be taken”. Most likely, the investigators will submit an official request to arrest the CEO of Heritage Capital in absentia.

Earlier Russian Mafia portal (rumafia.com) reported that Browder was accused of “large scale tax evasion” (Article 199.2 of the Criminal Code stipulates up to 6 years in prison). The investigation was opened in 2004 in Kalmykia, then the investigation was continued by the Investigative Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The investigators believe, Heritage Capital fund, registered in Bailiwick of Guernsey offshore, used a complicated fraud scheme to dodge ban on buying the shares of state-run Gazprom company by foreigners. The investigators gathered evidence that the firms affiliated with Heritage Capital did not pay over 2b roubles ($0.17b) in taxes.

The scheme to evade taxes was allegedly designed by tax advisor to the fund Sergey Magnitsky. He was arrested and died of acute heart failure in custody in November 2009 in prison hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina (the investigation into his death is going on). Magnitsky case was separate criminal proceedings and it was terminated due to his death. 


четверг, 12 мая 2011 г.

Sayano-Shushenskay station owner ordered to pay 25m roubles in damages


The ninth Moscow arbitration court of appeals has obliged RusHydro JSC to repay 25.465m roubles ($0.9m) in damages, infringed by the disaster at Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-electric power station. The court has upheld an appeal of Sayanogorsk aluminium smelter, a part of Oleg Deripaska's RUSAL United Companies against the earlier ruling of a lower Moscow’s arbitration court. 

In December 2010 Moscow’s arbitration court rejected damages payout bid against owners of the power station. According to the court order, the plaintiff failed to prove that the damages had been caused by “power outage”. The evidence was insufficient that the electricity cut-off at the smelter had been the defendant’s fault. At the court of appeals the plaintiff brought before the judges the report of Rostechnadzor (Russian supervisory service) of investigation into the accident at Sayano-Shushenskaya station, owned by RusHydro JSC. According to the report, the accident was caused by misuse of the equipment by workers at the station.  

During the hearing, the judges inquired parties if there was reference to fault of the third party in the report. A representative of RusHydro informed the court that the report mentions Power Machines JSC (which supplied the station with the turbines) and certain officials of Rostechnadzor (who supervised the hydro-electric power station). As a result the court decided to apply principle of original jurisdiction and to take Rostechnadzor and Power Machines to court as the third party.

Let us remind, that earlier Oleg Deripaska addressed prime-minister Vladimir Putin in an open letter. He wrote that he thought it sensible to restructure «economically inefficient» RusHydro JSC, namely to split it into a number of independent assets. He advised that Sayano-Shushenskaya power station, the largest asset of RusHydro, become independent and RUSAL take a stake in it as the station's largest power consumer. 


Russian mafia portal (rumafia.com) reference: An explosion at Sayanno-Shushenskaya hydro-electric power station happened on August 17, 2009. Water flooded the turbine room, destroyed 3 turbines and generators and damaged others. The power station stopped. After the accident Sayanogorsk and Khakassk aluminium plants were cut off from the electricity. RUSAL Sayanogorsk aluminium plant run into about 25 million roubles ($0.87m) damages. More than 40b roubles ($1.4b) are needed to restore the station. RUSAL has not yet finished restructuring the company’s $16.8m debt and stopped all investment projects.


Blogger suspected of inflcting damage on state


Pre-investigation enquiry into Aleksey Navalny’s affairs have been going on for more than a year. Chief directorate of the Ministry of Home Affairs for the Volga Federal Circuit has suspected Navalny, at the time an advisor to the governor of Kirov Region, of fraud which caused 1.3m roubles ($45,000) damage to Kirovles state unitary enterprise.    

According to Russian mafia portal (rumafia.com) own information, the accusation is based on the testimony of former director of Kirovles Vyacheslav Opalev. Aleksey Navalny, he testified, “by means of deceit and abuse of confidence” convinced Opalev to strike a disadvantageous timber supply deal with Vyatka Forest Company  limited liability company.

The enquiry began with Vyatka Forest Company and company’s head Petr Ofitserov, an alleged friend of Aleksey Navalny. The investigators looked for the evidence of embezzlement.

The investigative directorate for Kirov Region of Russia’s Investigative Committee, having examined the files gathered by the enquiry, did not find evidence sufficient for initiating criminal proceedings against the governor’s advisor. However, central apparatus of the Investigative Committee decided to continue pre-investigational work and ordered the department for the Volga Federal Circuit to interrogate all people who might be involved into the affair. As a result the chief investigative directorate of the Investigative Committee opened a criminal investigation into what might be a crime under Article 165.3b of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“inflicting material damage by means of deceit or abuse of confidence without evidence of embezzlement”). 

Aleksey Navalny said that the case was fabricated in the interest of corrupt corporations and officials which he exposed in his blog. “In order to make up criminal charges out of fib they had to take this to the highest level – Russia’s Investigative Committee,” Navalny blogged. On the contrary, his official requests and exposes “go down”. Navalny promised not to stop his anti-corruption campaign.   

Governor of Kirov region Nikita Belykh said the accusation was unfounded. “Let me remind that the criminal case is solely based on the testimony of former director general of Kirovles Vyacheslav Opalev,” Belykh blogged. “Testimony of the same person is used against another advisor of mine – Andrey Votinov. The investigation commenced in February 2010 (I was first to come up with this). The investigation has been going on for 14 months. No charges have been brought up before the court. No charges – after 14 months of investigation!” The governor highlighted the fact that the prosecutors initiated criminal investigation into Opalev’s own affairs (he is suspected of abusing his power).

“What Navalny is doing is ambiguous. I can not agree with everything he brings up,” Nikita Belykh said. “I will not go into details now, because there is no reason to do that. The accusations against him about Kirovles, I believe, are unfounded.”


вторник, 10 мая 2011 г.

Colleage Mates Leave Upper-Chamber Deputy Molchanov Alone


At once two members of the board of directors of LSR Group JSC have sold their stakes in the St Petersburg-based real-estate developer. Executive director of the company Evgeny Yatsyshin owned 0.31% of ordinary shares, whereas chairman of the board Igor Levitin - 0.35%. Estimated market value of the assets is about 372 million roubles ($12.9m) and 420 million roubles ($14.5m) respectively.      

LSR’s officials said that it was a private deal and both CEOs will continue their work for the company and have no doubts in the company’s future. Yatsyshin and Levitin have not disclosed neither the price nor the buyer of the shares. The analysts think the shares might be purchased either by the group’s founder Andrey Molchanov (with an estimated wealth of $3.2b) or his uncle - member of the board of directors Mikhail Romanov ($0.2b).

The timely deal saw the shares on the rise. Aleksandr Ignatyuk, analytic department chairman of Energocapital company, said: “Closely held or optional shares are bad instruments for principal moves. They might have been sold to get profit from current market situation”.

Notably, Igor Levit and Evgeny Yatsyshin were fellow students of Andrey Mochalov. They are the only mates who retained positions on the board. In January 2011 Georgy Bogachov and Georgy Vedernikov, in the past - students the faculty of economics of St Petersburg State University, left the board of directors. All of them founded the company «from the scratch».    

The analysts observe that Aleksandr Vakhmistrov has strengthen his position in the company. According to vice-president of Union of the developers of St Petersburg Aleksey Belousov, after Vakhmistrov joined LSR Group last year the balance of power swayed towards him. Belousov said: “Indeed such well-known, powerful and famous man will сhange the balance of power in the company”.

Russian mafia portal (rumafia.com) reference: As of December 31, 2011, 62,2% equity in Group LSR JSC belonged to Streetlink Ltd. (owned by Andrey Molchanov), 4,7% - to Mikhail Romanov, 1% - to the company’s management.

Delovoy Peterburg

пятница, 6 мая 2011 г.

US Court gave extra time for appeals against Bout’s extradition


The lawyers of Viktor Bout, accused by the US government of arms smuggling, are to file an appeal against his extradition from Thailand. U.S. Judge for the Southern District of NY Shira Sheindlin has ruled to extend a deadline for submitting the appeal by 3 weeks.

The U.S. Court has satisfied the appeal from the defence and postponed the deadline for the appeals pertaining Bout’s extradition to 27 May 2011. Next month the prosecution will submit motions. The hearings on the legality of Russian businessman’s extradition are to continue on July 21, 2011.       

Bout’s lawyer Albert Dayan argued that the extension of the deadline for motions was called for by the complexity of extraditional issues and legislation both of the USA and Thailand. He said: «The defence is still waiting for legal estimation of the pressure the United States put on the Thai government and courts to reconsider earlier decision of a court in favour of Bout which rejected the U.S. extradition request». The defence is now scrutinising the legislation of both countries, gathered evidence and testimony, as well as questioning the witnesses.   

Russian Mafia — rumafia.com reported earlier that Viktor Bout was arrested in Bangkok in March 2008 by the U.S. request. For 2 years the United States were unable to provide a Thai court with the evidence, proving his guilt. However in 2010 the court ruled to extradite Bout on the grounds that «the case has nothing to do with politics and evidence proving his guilt, the palintiff claims, is in the U.S. territory». Moscow's reaction was harsh. The Foreign Ministry called the court's decision «politically motivated and unfair».  At present Viktor Bout is incarcerated at a New-York prison. His indictment includes 4 counts: conspiracy to kill a U.S. citizen, conspiracy to kill public officers, conspiracy to deal anti-aircraft missiles and arms dealing to terrorist groups. The suspected Russian denies he is guilty of committing any of the crimes.

The businessman faces from 25 years in prison up to life sentence if found guilty. The trial is scheduled for October 11.


State Duma deputy's associates


Russia’s Investigative Committee has instituted criminal proceedings against alleged accomplices of member of LDPR faction in the State Duma Ashot Egiazaryan who is suspected of a large-scale scam to get shares of Evropark shopping mall on Roublevskoye highway.

The Investigative Committee has obtained evidence that Ashot Egiazaryan fraudulently acquired $51m worth 20% stake in Centurion Alliance company from Vitaly Smagin by having abused the power of attorney. The crime was allegedly committed by Ashot Egiazaryan, his brother Artyom Egiazaryan, director general of Centurion Alliance JSC Maksim Klochin, director general of Konk firm Vitaly Gogokhiya and «other unidentified persons». The case is instituted under Article 159.4 of the Criminal Code (large scale fraud).     

According to Russian Mafia-rumafia.com own information, the case against the Duma deputy himself consists of 2 episodes. The investigators believe that Yegiazaryan led a fraud scheme to get 550 million roubles from former deputy head of Russian Foundation for Federal Property Management (RFFI) and to get 20% of shares of Centurion Alliance (the company which owns Evropark shopping mall) from businessman Vitaly Smagin. Smagin claims Egiazaryan used the stake to guarantee the $87.5m loan in Deutsche Bank which the bank allocated for reconstruction of Moscow hotel. In 2010 Ministry of Internal Affairs opened criminal case against unidentified persons who allegedly stole this money from Moscow city government, an owner of the hotel.

The investigators has not told journalist about the accomplices until recently. Charges against new participants in the case were a surprise for the deputy’s lawyer Dmitry Barannikov: “I have not seen names of any people mentioned in the arraignment in the files in the case [of my defendant]”. He also said that the investigative actions into Egiazaryan's case had not been carried out for more than a month.

Currently absconding in the USA, Egiazaryan denies he is guilty and promises to sue Smagin for slander. Maksim Klochin earlier said: «Such moves from Smagin's side is nothing else but the attempt to raid the property».


Russia closed doors for Bank of Moscow ex-managers


Yesterday Tver court of Moscow arrested in absentia Andrey Borodin, the ex-president of the Bank of Moscow, and Dmitry Akulinin, former first vice-president of the bank. Both former executives of the Bank of Moscow have been put on the international wanted list.

Russian Mafia web-site (rumafia.com) previously reported that two criminal cases had been initiated against the Bank of Moscow. One of them concerns the financial institution issuing an unsecured loan worth 12.7 billion rubles to Premier Estate closed JSC. Another criminal case was filed in mid-April 2011 for the theft of money from bank accounts.

At first the court considered the petition filed by Dmitry Pisarevsky, senior investigator of the investigating committee at the Interior Ministry of Russia, concerning the arrest of former first vice-president of the Bank of Moscow, Dmitry Akulinin. Pisarevsky found that Akulinin and his former boss, Borodin, "executed their powers against the legitimate interests of the bank and in order to derive profits and advantages for third parties." As a result, on March 28 the investigator ruled Borodin and Akulinin to be prosecuted under Art. 201, part 1 of the Criminal Code (abuse of power). And the Tver district court granted the motion of the investigative committee at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and dismissed the bankers from their posts during the investigation. In late April 2011, when the investigation obtained evidence that the accused in absentia fled the country, both men were put on the international wanted list.

Pisarevsky informed the court that the accused banker Akulinin did not show up at the summons sent to him, and that the investigation learned from his lawyer that he was on a long-lasting business trip abroad. The investigator demanded to change measure of restraint for Akulinin from being on parole and good conduct to arrest. As a result, the banker was arrested in absentia by the court. Moreover, the preventive measure for him has an open date, that is, as soon as Akulinin would be within reach of law enforcement agencies of Russia, he will be imprisoned.

Late in the evening the Tver district court, granting another motion from Pisarevsky, ruled the same measure of restraint to be enforced for Borodin.

It is not clear yet whether the investigation proceeds to seek extradition of the arrested bankers. First their exact whereabouts must be established. Andrey Borodin was previously reported to be in London, but he claimed to have left the UK. 


среда, 4 мая 2011 г.

Arkady Gaydamak acquitted of Angola-gate affair


Moscow-born Israeli businessman Arkady Gaydamak is contented with the victory in the Paris Court of Appeal over Angola-gate affair. He adds that he is ready to prove his innocence before the court in the case of alleged non-filing tax return in 1994.

On April 29 the Paris Court overturned the 2009 verdict, which convicted Arkady Gaydamak, former French interior minister Charles Pasqua and French businessman Pierre Falcone of illegal traffic of Soviet Arms from France to Angola during the civil war. Having examined the case, the Court ruled to cut down the jail terms. Now Gaydamak does not face 6 years in prison.

Gaydamak says: «I was indicted on 6 counts, including arms trafficking. I have been cleared of all charges». He added that the court turned down «very offemsive» charge of buying the Order of the Legion of Honour which Gaydamak received for helping to set free French pilots in Bosnya.

The court also found Gaydamak guilty of tax evasion and sentenced him to 3 years in prison and 150 thousand euros fine. The businessman is ready to appeal and prove his innocence. Gaydamak says: «Indeed I did not file tax return in that year. But by that time I had already worked in different place and did not even dwell in France». 


воскресенье, 1 мая 2011 г.

Russian hi-tech boss earned 11 times less than his wife


According to the income tax declaration, in 2010 director general of state-run high-tech holding Rostekhnologii Sergey Chemezov earned 36.8 ($1.2 m) million roubles, while his wife Ekaterina Ignatova - 319.9 million roubles ($11 m).

Chemezov owns a land plot in Moscow region (6.3 hectares), where a country house (1670 square metres), a guest house (513.3 square metres) and other buildings (814 square metres) are situated. Besides that, Chemezov owns GAZ-13, VAZ-11193, ZIL-410470, Cadillac Eldorado and NefAZ-4208-10-17 automobiles, VTZ-2048A tractor, 3 all-terrain vehicles and 3 snowmobiles. In 2010 Ignatova earned 319.9 million roubles ($ 11 m), compared to 427.5 million ($14.7 m).

Average income of CEOs at Rostechnologii decreased in 2010, due to 25% salary cut.

Second after Chemezov is Vladimir Litvin, head of corporate procedures and asset maintenance department. In 2010 he earned 35 million roubles ($1.2 m).

In 2010 deputy heads of Rostechnologii Igor Zavyalov and Nikolay Volobuyev earned 16.8 million roubles ($0.6 m) and 9.3 million ($0.3 m) respectively. First deputy to Chemezov Dmitry Shugayev, in charge of foreign network and exposition activities, ended up the year 2010 with 9.4 million roubles ($0.3 m).  

Rostechnologii’s chief accountant Natalya Borisova earned 11.8 million roubles ($0.4 m) in 2010, head of the group of advisors to the board of directors Oleg Chernov - 6.7 million ($0.23 m), head of innovations and strategic development department Azret Yusupova - 5.5 million ($0.19 m) with head of legal department Vladimir Kudashkin - 4.9 million ($0.7 m) - at the bottom.

In December 2008 Dmitry Medvedev signed the law which made it obligatory for the prime-minister, vice prime-ministers and federal ministers to submit the declaration of their individual income, as well as the income of their family members (spouses and minors).  


Eurasia Logistics two top managers freed by the Supreme Court of Russia


The Supreme Court, which previously never satisfied claims of lawyers in the case, has agreed with the defense appeal and changed the measure of restraint for the businessmen. The Supreme Court ruled to release the two men on bail. The financial director of Eurasia Logistics, Artem Bondarenko, will be freed on bail of 50 million rubles; and for the economic director, Alexei Belov, the bail out sum will total to 40 million rubles.

The defendants will be freed from remand prison immediately after the bail out sum is transferred to the court’s deposit account. It is worth mentioning that both managers accused of large-scale fraud, forgery and other crimes have been in custody since March, 18, 2010.

Lawyers for those defendants in the case, who still remain under arrest (all in all there are seven accused in the case and three of them, including Mukhtar Ablyazov, are subject to arrest warrants), did not comment on either the Supreme Court ruling or the intension to file bail out appeals for their clients.

Eurasia Logistic CEO Alexander Volkov, head of legal department Denis Vorotyntsev, director of economics Alexei Belov, and financial director Artem Bondarenko are accused of forgery, fraud and embezzlement of loans worth 1.5 billion dollars from the Kazakh BTA-Bank. They are also accused of theft of property that was pledged to the bank, amounting to $ 2.8 billion.

According to investigators, at the end of January 2009 the owner of the bank, Mukhtar Ablyazov, who found out about the decision by the Kazakh authorities to nationalize BTA- Bank, instructed his subordinates to withdraw most liquid bank assets. According to investigators, the accused to embody his idea forged the signature of the representative of BTA-Bank, produced false papers to terminate the contracts on pledges that the bank had had with a dozen of its borrowers. Artem Bondarenko and Alexei Belov signed the forged documents and registered them. As a result, land in the Domodedovo district with total area of 2.5 thousand hectares was stolen. Simultaneously, the same people, according to investigators, made 24 assignment agreements, and with the help of these agreements transferred loans to dozens of offshore shell companies and stole them.

None of the defendants in the case admit their guilt. All of them, including Mukhtar Ablyazov, claim the prosecution to be politically motivated. The banker, who has been living in London recently, repeatedly stated that the reasons for the nationalization of BTA-Bank and for criminal proceedings initiated against it are related to its opposition activities against the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.