Former head of North-Western customs gets suspended sentence for fraud with business class apartment
The court decision exceeded the lawyers’ expectations.
The Smolninsky District Court of St. Petersburg sentenced the former head of the North-Western Customs Directorate (SZTU), General Nazip Galikeev, and his first deputy Yuri Lyamkin to four and three years of probation respectively. The defendants were accused of illegal privatization of a service apartment worth 17.7 million rubles ($ 266,000), the joint press service of the St. Petersbrug courts reported.
The court found Galikeev guilty of fraud and acquitted him under the article on legalization of illegally obtained property. Lyamkin was found guilty of abuse of office and was acquitted of complicity in fraud. The general’s defense considered the case unsuccessful.
According to the investigation, Galikeev received a business-class office apartment of 115.2 square meters after a year and a half of managing the SZTU, after which, under a lease agreement, he transferred the flat to his son’s private property. The new owner sold the property for 900,000 rubles ($ 13,500), and then bought it back for 920,000 ($ 13,800). The Kalininsky Court of St. Petersburg declared the transactions null and void.