Browder case: Kurochkin, Gasanov, Korobeynikov and Magnitsky murdered in contract killing?

Browder case: Kurochkin, Gasanov, Korobeynikov and Magnitsky murdered in contract killing?
Sergey Magnitsky

Mysterious circumstances surround the death of all the participants in the fraudulent scheme related to tax reimbursement.

After several years, Russia’s Prosecutor-General’s Office reported Hermitage Capital head William Browder was involved in poisoning of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky, as well as three other defendants in the case - Valery Kurochkin, Oktay Gasanov, and Sergey Korobeynikov. According to Rosbalt that about 6 years ago managed to get familiar with a case file of the investigation carried out by Russia’s MIA’s Investigative Department, Hermitage Capital’s lawyer Sergey Magnitsky addressed a certain financier Sergey Korobeynikov with a request to return the income taxes worth of 10 billion rubles ($152.3 million) paid during 2006 by 4 companies controlled by Hermitage Capital - Kameya, Parfenion, Makhaon, and Reeland. Korobeynikov and his partner Oktay Gasanov refused to work with Kameya LLC, because a criminal case on charges of non-payment of taxes by this compnaies had already been opened.

Korobeynikov ordered to reregister Parfenion, Makhaon, and Reeland and managed to 90% accomplish the illegal operations related to returning 5.4 billion rubles ($82.2 million) of taxes from the budget. For this purpose, he summoned his acquaintances - Viktor Markelov, Valery Kurochkin, and Viacheslav Khlebnikov - who became the heads of the companies and started signing the necessary documents. However, On October 1, 2007, Oktay Gasanov died of a sudden heart attack in Moscow. He had been the only liaison between Magnitsky and Korobeynikov. Law-enforcement authorities believe it was a moment when Korobeynikov and other unknown persons decided to embezzle all the money. The companies’ accounts were transferred to the banks affiliated with the financier - Universalny bank sberezheniy and Interkommerts Bank. 5.4 billion rubles ($82.2 million) of taxes were transferred to these banks. Then, the money was transferred more than 10 times to various accounts with eventually anchoring in autumn, 2008, in offshore companies’ ones. 

However, by then, Sergey Korobeynikov had fallen from a construction site and died. Law-enforcement authorities’ theory is that he was looking over a penthouse he was going to buy, and died in an accident. Valery Kurochkin escaped to Ukraine and in April, 2008, poisoned himself by bad alcohol. Sergey Magnitsky allegedly learnt about Korobeynikov’s decision related to the money embezzlement and filed a police report stating he had revealed embezzlement of funds paid to the government by organizations controlled by Hermitage Capital. After some time, Magnitsky was arrested on charges of non-payment of taxes by Kameya LLC, however he died in the remand prison - allegedly as a result of a heart attack.

Russia’s law-enforcement authorities have not yet determined who could be an interesant of mysterious deaths of the participants in the fraudulent scheme related to tax reimbursement. Who became a possessor of the stolen billions and who received them in offshore companies is unknown, as well.

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