Siloviki bombard business of family of Shakro Molodoy's accomplice with checks
Law enforcers consider Sofiyskaya vegetable warehouse, owned by Fatima Misikova’s family, a breeding ground for criminals of different stripes.
Law enforcement officers bombarded the business of the family of Zakhar Kalashov’s (Shakro Molodoy) accomplice Fatima Misikova with checks. It is Sofia vegetable warehouse in St. Petersburg, owned by Fatima's father – Taimuraz Misikov and her brother Ruslan, that is of interest to the siloviki.
75-year-old native of North Ossetia Taimuraz Misikov headed the base in the early 90's. He runs the site through Nart company, in which his son Ruslan holds the position of deputy director.
Sofia fruit and vegetable warehouse currently occupies an area of 32 hectares. The territory is divided in half by railroad tracks. By them freight cars bring cargo to the warehouse terminals – more than 60 thousand tons a year. In addition, about two thousand trucks arrive daily, mainly from the countries of the near abroad. Up to 70-80% of imported fruits and vegetables pass through the base.
There is also a business center, a hotel and several cafes in the territory of the base. Nart receives the main income from rental payments: according to SPARK, in the year before last the company's revenue amounted to almost half a billion rubles ($8.6m).
Law enforcers believe that the largest vegetable base in Russia is a breeding ground for criminals of different stripes. The operatives regularly conduct raids in the territory. Thus, in October 2013 employees of the local Department for Fighting Against Economic Crimes arrested in the territory of the enterprise representative of the Azerbaijani diaspora Natik Gasanov and his accomplices suspected of illegal banking activities. Gasanov traded in bulk in the warehouse and, according to investigators, was simultaneously engaged in cashing. The investigators estimated illegal income from cashing money at 17 million rubles ($292 thousand).
In addition, people accused of aiding terrorism were also associated with Sofia vegetable warehouse. In May 2016 investigators detained two natives of Tajikistan Firuz Shukurov and Orza Rizoyev. Shukurov rented a warehouse and looked for potential candidates for Islamic State* (a terrorist organization, banned in the Russian Federation by decision of the Supreme Court).
Deputy CEO of Narta Ruslan Misikov told Life that their company treats inspections of special services "with understanding".
"We have our own security service, which works on illegal migrants, and for more than two years inspections have shown that we do not have illegal migrants in the territory. Because we impose very strict requirements on our tenants and employees", Misikov said. – We even have an agreement with the district department of internal affairs, so that they come with raids. And during the day a patrol car comes to visit us at least two times. If we detain someone without documents, we hand them over to the police, then they sort it out".
We should note that Sofia vegetable base started to be especially closely watched after designer Fatima Misikova repeatedly ignored the invitations of the investigators for questioning in the case of the shootout near Elements restaurant.
As The CrimeRussia has previously reported, the shootout near the restaurant in Rochdelskaya Street in Moscow occurred on December 14, 2015 and triggered a number of criminal cases. According to the materials of the criminal case, thief in law Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) sent his assistant Andrey Kochuykov (Italianets) to collect 8 million rubles ($137 thousand) from owner of the restaurant Zhanna Kim, which she allegedly owed to Shakro’s friend Fatima Misikova for the reconstruction of the premises. For protection Kim turned to ex-KGB officer and former commander of the Russian Special Police Force Eduard Budantsev, who recently headed law firm Dictatorship of the Law. Negotiations on the return of debt quickly developed into an armed conflict, during which two people of Italianets were killed, armed only with traumatic weapons. Budantsev opened fire on them from the honorary combat pistol. On December 18, 2015 the Presnensky Court of Moscow at the request of the Investigative Committee for Moscow placed the ex-KGB agent under house arrest on charges of Murder two or more persons (part 2 of Article 105 of the Criminal Code), but in August 2016 he was released under a written undertaking not to leave. Italianets, accused of Extortion (Art.163 of the Criminal Code), has been in jail since December last year. Since July 2016 Shakro Molodoy is also languishing in prison in the extortion case.
Later, the story of the shootout near the restaurant turned into a criminal prosecution of high-ranking officials of the Investigative Committee of Russia Denis Nikandrov, Mikhail Maksimenko and Alexander Lamonov. According to the investigation, the officers received a bribe from the thief in law for the release of Italianets from custody by re-qualifying the article of the prosecution for a softer one. There were also suspicions that the employees of the Investigative Committee had repeatedly covered Kalashov.