Gaizer rats Renova top-managers to shorten his sentence
The former Komi governor allegedly made a plea agreement and testified against the defendants of the Renova case.
The former Governor of Komi Vyacheslav Gaizer, accused of creating a criminal group, made a deal with the investigation, according to Forbes’ sources familiar with the circumstances of the Renova case. The title states that the co-owner and manager of the group of companies Renova Evgeny Olkhovik, the former CEO of PJSC Plus T Boris Vainzikher and the ex-CEO of VimpelCom Mikhail Slobodin came into view of the law enforcement officers after the Gaizer’s report.
According to two sources, Gaizer testified on the Renova case defendants in exchange for 15 years in prison, while his alleged crime under Art. 210 of the Criminal Code (Organization of a criminal community) and 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling on a large scale) threatened him with life sentence.
Gaizer’s lawyer Vyacheslav Leontiev denied Forbes’ information. "They're lying. My client was not questioned at all in the criminal case", the lawyer said to RIA Novosti.
According to one of the Forbes’ interlocutors, Slobodin, who left the country and is, according to some sources, in France and to other - in the UK, has no plans to return. Slobodin was put on the federal wanted list and the Komi court arrested Olkhovik for two months. With regard to Vainzikher the issue of the arrest still being decided on.
Three defendants of the Renova cases are suspected of bribery in the amount of 800 million rubles given to senior officials of the Republic of Komi. The bribe was intended to obtain favorable tariffs for the energy company T plus.
Earlier, it was reported that the investigation retrained one of the articles Gaiser was charged with. Fraud became accepting a bribe on a large scale (Part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code). However, the Investigative Committee has denied this message.
A St. Petersburg company Renessans-Restavratsiya JSC, involved in a criminal case under Art. 169 (Swindling) of the Russian Criminal Code, has been selected to receive the contract. The case was initiated in September 2017 in connection with the failure to perform 4-million-ruble ($70 thousand) works to restore a XVI-century fortress in the Leningrad region.
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