Shakro Molodoy's victim not adjudged $10m from Finance Ministry

Shakro Molodoy's victim not adjudged $10m from Finance Ministry
Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy)

According to the lawyer of Karlen Azizbekyan, the court "did not want to recognize anything."⁠

The Nikulinsky court in Moscow denied entrepreneur Karlen Azizbekyan to compensate $10 million damage he demanded from the Ministry of Finance. As reported Rosbalt, the former co-owner of the Moscow casino Crystal and Golden Palace hoped to sue money for the lost business.

Azizbekyan supervised Magma-V private security company, which provided security for Crystal and Golden Palace. However, in 2000, the staff of the Moscow Regional Directorate for Combating Organized Crime under the leadership of General Alexander Orlov illegally raided two casinos, after which sasinos lost its guard. The entrepreneur is sure that the security forces acted in the interests of thief in law Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy), because casino passed under his control.

Shortly thereafter, Azizbekyan was involved in a criminal case of fraud, which was initiated by the CAD Moscow Department of Internal Affairs. He had to hide abroad. The businessman was able to return to Russia only 12 years later, when the investigators removed him from the international search, and then closed the criminal case on rehabilitating grounds. Moreover, the investigation acknowledged that Kalashov "seized control over the casino activities", neutralizing Azizbekyan through illegal criminal prosecution.

In this regard, in 2014, the former co-owner of the casino lodged unprecedented lawsuit with claims for a total of more than 270 million dollars. As much as Azizbekyan estimated the lost property, the loss of profit from casino and other businesses, the share in the property of Crystal and Golden Palace. He estimated moral harm at 100 million dollars.

However, then the Nikulinsky District Court of Moscow, referring to the judicial practice, estimated the amount of moral damage of only 100 thousand rubles ($1720). In the claim for a compensation of moral damage Azizbekyan wrote that he was illegally declared on the wanted list, he was forced into hiding, he was unable to raise his children and lived with a family, which affected his health and state of mind.

Now, having reconsidered the chances for compensation of damage, Azizbekyan tried to return the material damage again. However, according to his lawyers, the Nikulinsky District Court "did not want to admit anything." For example, the judge demanded a certificate that all these years the businessman did not receive salary in the captured casinos, or present evidence that 700 thousand dollars and a collection of guns, seized from Azizbekyan and disappeared later, belonged to him. Reference that the guns were officially registered in his name, was not enough. Although these rifles have already been sold by the police, and this fact was even brought to the point.

Now, lawyers are going to defend their demands in the European Court of Human Rights.⁠

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