General Varchuk’s property seized for bribery: apartments, mansion, elite car fleet
The investigators are going to seize the property of the former deputy commander-in-chief of the Interior Ministry's internal troops that he supposedly acquired with corruption-related money.
Lieutenant General Vyacheslav Varchuk, the former deputy commander-in-chief of the Interior Ministry's internal troops (now National Guard) arrested for a 10-million-ruble kickback, gave his family a decent living. The former high-ranking official and his family own real estate in downtown Moscow, an estate in the Moscow region and an elite car fleet.
Varchuk was included into Forbes’ rating of "Russia's 20 richest security officials" in 2013. His family enjoys spending time in their estate by Maglusha River. The estate of 2.6 thousand square meters is located in the village of Luchinsky in the Istra district of the Moscow region. The estimated worth of the two-storey cottage of 320 square meters with the land and household buildings is 200 million rubles ($3,4m).
In 2015, Varchuk became the legal owner of the estate that used to partially belong to his wife and daughter.
In addition, Varchuk’s family has two apartments and two parking spaces in Moscow’s Tagansky district. The total value of the property located on Talalikhina Street exceeds 60 million rubles ($1m). According to Life, Lieutenant General bought one of the apartments in 2014 to celebrate his daughter’s engagement with Viktor Gimmelfarb, a student of Moscow State University of Civil Engineering.
The apartment of 123 square meters is located in upmarket Dom na Taganke Residential Complex with an outdoor pool in the backyard.
General's daughter spends a lot of time next to the pool near the house
House on Taganka was built by Potok, a firm owned by infamous businessman Sergey Polonsky. Despite the fact that the real estate officially belongs to Vyacheslav Varchuk, his daughter Marina, who became a Gimmelfarb after the marriage, lives in it, as one can find out by the social media.
The wedding party was held in the same house
Pictures on VKontakte social network feature the newlyweds parking their BMWs at the entrance hall. Vyacheslav Varchuk declared the 40-million-ruble apartment in 2015, whereas the high-ranking MIA officer indicated 9.1 million rubles in the income line, and his wife put 8.4 million rubles.
Another apartment in the Tagansky district is legally owned by Lieutenant General’s daughter Marina. It is a much humbler housing worth 20 million rubles with an area of 76 square meters located at 1, Talalihin Street.
Vyacheslav Varchuk’s granddaughter has an even humbler property. The two-year-old daughter of Marina and Vitaly owns an apartment in Balashikha near Moscow, with an area of 55 square meters, worth 3.5 million rubles.
In addition to the expensive real estate, the family owns a whole car fleet. For instance, Marina Gimmelfarb of 24 owns a Mercedes SUV worth over 3 million rubles decorated with a golden film. This car has been repeatedly seen on Smotra, an informal platform of Moscow’s street racers. There are pictures on social media where the golden Mercedes is parked next to the BMW M5 of Erik Kituashvili (Davydich).
Marina’s Mercedes next to the famous BMW of Erik Kituashvili (Davydich)
Vyacheslav Varchuk aged 54 owns a black Gelandewagen worth about 15 million rubles and a Toyota Camry – an inconspicuous car compared to the other ones. His 56-year-old wife Natalia has a new BMW X5 SUV with an AAA number plate.
Cars of General's wife and daughter
The Varchuk family used to own a Lexus LX570, a Land Rover Discovery, and a Mercedes GL350 at different points of their life.
By the way, the cars are also stored in an underground parking in Moscow’s Tagansky district apart from the family’s garage in the Istra district: each car spot costing 1.5 million rubles.
As Life has found, the total value of the Varchuk family's assets is several hundred million rubles. If it turns out that the property was purchased with illegally obtained money, he will face an arrest and confiscation.
Lieutenant General Vyacheslav Varchuk is an exemplary family man. He adores his wife, daughter and granddaughter and pampers them all the time. Varchuk has treated his wife Natalia to a number of trips to other countries, which she boasted on her Odnoklassniki page posting photos from Europe and hot countries.
The general arranged a luxurious wedding for his daughter in August 2014. Once popular pop band Premier-Minister was invited to the wedding party. Varchuk gives his daughter all kinds of presents, be it apartments and cars or a real lion cub. Marina is a cat-person, she even has pictures with predators in social networks. According to Life, the lion has grown up and is living in the Istra manor.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, the former deputy commander-in-chief of the Interior Ministry's internal troops was arrested on suspicion of bribe-taking. The general was arrested for a 10-million-ruble kickback for assistance in raising funding for a department. Varchuk, who was responsible for the distribution of financial flows in the MIA Internal Troops, tried to get the bribe through his deputy, Colonel Aleksandr Kostin. According to the case file, starting from late 2015 Kostin negotiated with officer Aleksandr Gostev a possible allocation of funds to the Office of Communications. In return for the 10-million-ruble bribe, the suspect promised his colleagues 250 million rubles more in addition to the funds already received from the budget. The Military Investigation Department 51 of the Investigative Committee of Russia believes that Gostev, who was a witness in the case, would pass the bribe to Kostin in parts between December 2015 and February 2016. According to Life, the colonel gave the money to his superiors, Varchuk among others. According to information available, Aleksandr Gostev was the one who gave the whole scheme away after he did not receive the additional funding for his department. The investigation does not rule out that the accused persons could act as a group of individuals whose identities have not been established yet. Varchuk and Kostin have been put in custody pending trial.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.