Russia’s Anti-Corruption Committee (or NAK) has asked the US Department of Justice to investigate into the legality of the assets of member of the Russian State Duma Ashot Yegiazaryan and his relatives, who fled to the USA. Head of the NAK Kirill Kabanov said that American authorities should check the ways Yegiazaryan obtained his wealth and brought it to the USA. Such probe is necessary, because Yegiazaryan «seeks political asylum in the USA and in numerous statements presents himself as a victim of politically motivated persecution and uses the language of human rights activists».
The Russain Mafia (rumafia.com) has already reported about charges brought in against Yegiazaryan. In November 2010 Russian State Duma stripped Yegiazaryan of his immunity after the request by the prosecutor general. At the same time, the prosecutors frozen the accounts of Evropark mall. Centurion Alliance LLC - the owner of this «multifunctional trade complex» - could no longer run the building. The court also arrested 3 land plot in Rublevskoye highway, the property belonging to Yegiazaryan. Besides that, Moscow's Basmanny Court arrested the following assets: 1.5b roubles ($52m) which Centurion Alliance moved to the accounts Prechard Holdings Ltd as debt repayment and 100% stake in Dayev Plaza JSC, controlled by Yegiazaryan.
Investigators believe, that in 2006-2010 Yegiazaryan, together with Artemy Yegiazaryan (his brother), Vitaly Gogokhiya, Maksim Kolchin and others, defrauded businessman Vitaly Smagin «by means of abuse of confidence» of 1.57b roubles worth shares of Centurion Alliance LLC (20% stake).