Assistant to Elizabeth Elena von Messing arrested on suspicion of withdrawing 1 bln euro abroad
26-year-old business assistant to Elizabeth Elena von Messing, previously known as Elena Skorodumova, has been placed under house arrest.
May 19, ICR experts conducted searches in the office of a Finnish citizen Elizabeth Elena von Messing, also known as Elena Skorodumova, as part of the investigation into the criminal case of 1-bln-euro withdrawal abroad. In the St. Petersburg office of the 50-year-old business woman, the security officials found a power of attorney to manage business interests of Messing in the name of 26-year-old businessman Aleksandr Bulatov. The young man used to be von Messing’s number two. In terms of the criminal case, he is an accomplice in the illegal withdrawal of foreign currency outside of the Russian Federation as part of an organized crime group.
May 20, the Smolninsky City Court partially granted the investigator’s request and elected a preventive measure in the form of 2-month house arrest for Bulatov.
Let us recall that, as previously reported by the CrimeRussia, the ICR had initiated a criminal case under Art. 193.1 of the Russian Criminal Code; it is connected with the illegal export of a record amount of money in foreign currency – 1 billion euros – abroad.
Skorodumova’s right-hand man, 35-year-old assistant Sergey Cheremukhin, is also wanted by the law enforcement bodies. According to the investigators, he is also involved in the illegal activities.