Ex-Deputy Chairman of Komi Government Konstantin Romadanov admitted being cash keeper of Gaizer OCC
Members of the crime community have used a Cyprus offshore as their wallet, through which they have bought property and cars.
ICR investigators have managed to identify Cypriot offshores used by the crime community of former heads of the Komi Republic Government Vyacheslav Gaizer and Vladimir Torlopov. As Kommersant reports, the defendants had used these wallets to receive funds for the purchase of cars and real estate. In particular, Aleksandr Zarubin’s Cypriot offshore Skidden Financial Inc. used to be the corporate account of the criminal community. The former Deputy Chairman of the Komi Republic Government Konstantin Romadanov has provided valuable information on this account. He has filed a plea agreement with investigation and called himself the cash keeper the of Gaizer’s OCC.
After Romadanov and some other defendants in the case testified, the ICR Main Investigations Directorate started seizing property and accounts through the court: an apartment, a parking space, and Jaguar XF belonging to the Adviser of the former Deputy Chairman of the Renova State Company’s Board Aleksandr Zarubin, Lev Libinzon. The investigation also arrested Aleksandr Zarubin’s Land Rover, Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Continental Flying Spur. The following was seized from the Vyacheslav Gaizer’s Deputy Aleksey Chernov and his relatives: Volkswagen Touareg, Volkswagen Minivan and motorbikes Harley-Davidson and Kawasaki. Romadanov himself was deprived of Lexus LX570, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Subaru Tribeca. Vyacheslav Gaizer’s real estate in Moscow and Syktyvkar had been arrested earlier. However, his four-room apartment in Syktyvkar, purchased back in the 90s, was not distrained.
Investigation believes that the seized property had been acquired using money obtained by criminal means.
Romadanov had previously testified against the top managers of Vekselberg’s companies, namely Evgeny Olkhovik, Boris Vainzikher and Mikhail Slobodin, which served as the basis for a criminal case.
Let us recall that the Head of Komi Vyacheslav Gaizer, his Deputy Aleksey Chernov, the Speaker of the Republic’s State Council Igor Kovzel, the Government Deputy Chairman Konstantin Romadanov, the former Senator from the Komi Republic Evgeny Samoylov and a number of businessman and officials are suspected of Creation and Participation in a Criminal Community (Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code) created for Swindling (Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code) of state property in the Komi Republic as well as the withdrawal of assets abroad in the amount of 2.5 billion rubles. According to investigation, OCC members had gained control of the most profitable state-owned regional companies through the Fond Podderzhki Investitsionnykh Proektov Respubliki Komi (Fund for the Support of Investment Projects of the Republic of Komi) OJSC.
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