Bilalovs case: Russia withdrew legal assistance request to Switzerland
A few days earlier the Russian Interior Ministry claimed the opposite.
The Switzerland Ministry of Justice does not give legal assistance to Russia in the investigation of the Krasnaya Polyana ex-Head Magomed Bilalov, the Resorts of the North Caucasus owner Ahmed Bilalova and Alexander Nevsky’s criminal case.
The representative of the Justice and Police Department of the Swiss Justice Ministry said to RNS that Russia itself rejected previously sent to Swiss prosecutors request.
"In November 2014 the Russian General Prosecutor's Office sent a request for legal assistance in the case, in June 2016 the request was withdrawn," – the Switzerland Ministry of Justice reported.
Recall that difficulties with the law of entrepreneurs emerged in February 2013 in connection with the sensational story of Olympic facilities in Sochi, some of which were erected by Ahmed Bilalov (cost of objects increased by 8 times). Ahmed Bilalov is suspected of embezzlement of budget funds.
Magomed Bilalov is suspected of damaging the Sberbank at a time when he, being the co-owner of the Krasnaya Polyana (the developer of the Olympic mountain resort Mountain Carousel), deposited Sberbank 1 billion rubles in his National Business Development Bank under 4-7%. Bilalovs were deprived of all their posts and fled from Russia after the initiation of criminal cases.
Earlier, the Dozhd TV channel reported with reference to two own sources that the police closed Bilalov brothers criminal cases.
As the MID source reported, the termination of Bilalovs criminal cases associated with rehabilitation: formally, brothers have completed all the necessary rehabilitation requirements - after opening the case merchants parted with business, did not oppose to the Russian authorities and quietly stayed in London past three years.
However, the information was inaccurate. Several days later, the Russian Interior Ministry came out with its official denial, noting that the investigation of criminal cases against the former management of OJSC Resorts of the North Caucasus was become more intense.
In this regard, the Ministry of Internal Affairs strengthened operational-investigations group. International orders to conduct the necessary investigative actions are directed to the competent authorities of Switzerland and the United States. In addition, The official representative of the Interior Ministry Irina Volk added that investigators are planning to consolidate defendants criminal cases into one proceeding.
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