Shakro Molodoy to be sued for casino seizure happened 15 years ago  

Shakro Molodoy to be sued for casino seizure happened 15 years ago

After the materials in the case vanished in 2015 have been found, the law enforcement agencies are ready to get back to the investigation of an illegal seizure of Golden Palace and Cristal casinos.

The Main Investigations Directorate of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation in Moscow got the papers of the capture of Golden Palace and Cristal casinos, and they are currently investigating the extortion case with thief in law Shakro Molodoy involved. According to a source of Rosbalt, it is being decided whether to launch a new criminal case or to enclose the materials to the existing criminal case of the gang.

The case file on the illegal seizure of the casino and hotel resort Golden Palace and Cristal were separated from the case of the gang creation by Zakhar Kalashov in 2015. A case under Art. 210 of the Criminal Code (Creation of a Criminal Community and Participation Therein) was supposed to be brought against him, but on the order of Denis Nikandrov, the First Deputy Head of the ICR Main Investigative Department in Moscow, this never happened. Mikhail Maksimenko, the Head of the ICR BIA, is suspected of the case loss. Both high-ranking officers of the Investigative Committee are in pretrial custody on suspicion of bribe-taking from Kalashov.

Golden Palace

Golden Palace

Initially the case papers were sent to the Investigations Directorate in the Central Administrative District of Moscow, then - to the Investigation Directorate in Tagansky district, where they melted away. It turned out that the materials numbering was changed before sending to the Russian Federation Ministry of the Interior in Tagansky district. Afterwards the papers with the new numbers were sent to the Main Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior in Moscow, and after that - to one of the units for combating economic crime, where auditors discovered them in October 2016.

As it is known, it was Optikal company that owned gambling establishments Cristal and Golden Palace in 1999. Its shareholders featured Alex Crane (US citizen - 70%), Karlen Azizbekyan (former Lieutenant Colonel of the Ministry of Defence - 10%), Zurab Tsereteli (sculptor - 9.5%), Musayelyan (9.5%), Vladimir Dukhnov (lawyer of Tsereteli - 1%).

Леон Ланн (Леонид Каплан)

Leon Lann (Leonid Kaplan)

Alex Crane’s assistant known as Leon Lann (Leonid Kaplan), got to be friends with criminals and started serve the interests of Shakro Molodoy. He voiced his claim for 70% share in Optikal. In January 2000 Dukhnov disappeared along with the original shares of Crane, Tsereteli and Musayelyan. The lawyer's body was never found, but the law enforcement agencies do not doubt that he was murdered. A criminal investigation into the abduction and murder was launched.

In June 2000 Kalashov invited Alex Crane to have a talk in Tbilisi, where the American businessman was abducted and $1.2 million were demanded for his release. When the ransom was paid, Crane was killed. A part of the money received was transferred to accounts associated with Shakro Molodoy.

Some law enforcement officers involved in the raid of the casino in the interests of the thief in law also died or fled. Criminal cases under Art. 222 (Illegal Storage of Firearms) and Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling) were initiated against Azizbekyan. He was forced to get out of sight. Only in 2013 head of ICR Main Investigative Department in Moscow Vadim Yakovenko and investigator Evgeny Evmenov closed the case of Azizbekyan  having proved that it was a frame-up and initiated with the participation of bribable officers.

Later on Leon Lann became the ‘accountant’ of Shakro Molodoy and he was condemned along with Kalashov in Spain for money laundering. In Georgia Zakhar Kalashov was sentenced in absentia to 18 years of imprisonment for the murder of Crane.

Костя Манукян

Konstantin (Kostya) Manukyan

Now, Golden Palace hotel resort is controlled by Konstantin Manukyan, Kalashov’s associate, and Shakro Molodoy used the hotel as his office after his return to Russia from a Spanish prison. According to sources of The CrimeRussia, men of law from all Russian regions convened there to resolve their issues. According to eyewitnesses, visitors to the hotel carried real suitcases of money, the origin of which is questionable.

After the headline arrest of Shakro Molodoy Kostya Manukyan was issued an international arrest warrant in the framework of criminal investigation into the gang creation case. After his boss became under investigation, he managed to escape. According to preliminary data, he is now within the limits of Armenia.

Konstantin Manukyan was born in Georgia, where in 1989 he was sentenced to 15 years for the murder of a high-profile Kurd. He has been doing business with Kalashov for many years already. Manukyan is wanted by Interpol for the creation of a criminal network in Spain and for money laundering. That was the reason for Kalashov’s term in Spain that lasted over 8 years.

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