Court arrested Property Management Agency head ex-assistant who escaped to the United States
Alexander Nistratov, who recently received a green card, is accused of high fraud. However, there is no extradition treaty between Russia and the United States, and his extradition is unlikely.
The Tverskoy District Court of Moscow arrested the former assistant to the head of the Federal Property Management Agency in absentia in the case of an especially large scale Swindling (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code), Kommersant reports. The official, who is accused of organizing a criminal scheme for the sale of the Kvant-N JSC complex of buildings at an understated value of 1 billion rubles ($16.8m), recently received a residence permit in the United States.
Meanwhile, the trial of five alleged accomplices of Nistratov entered the final stage in the Ostankino court of Moscow. Currently, the defendants are being interrogated - ex-director of the Financial and Legal Support Center of the Presidential Administration of Russia Nikolay Skrypnikov, his deputy Alexander Vedin, former general director of Kvant-N Andrey Grishin, general directors of Strictum LLC and Temperance LLC Anna Myagkova and Stanislav Korenkov. It is reported that only Grishin partially admitted his guilt.
Nistratov was to become the main person involved in the process. According to the investigation, he, along with Myagkova, became the organizer of the scheme with the sale of Kvant-N. Soon after the initiation of the criminal case, Nistratov left for the United States, where he had real estate and a family. In August 2016, the former assistant to the head of the Federal Property Management Agency was put into a federal and international wanted list. The Tverskoy District Court authorized his arrest, but the defense appealed against this decision. Nistratov's lawyers went through all stages of appealing the arrest and obtained its cancellation in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. Along with the arrest, an international search was canceled. After that, Nistratov asked the US authorities to give him a residence permit. The request was granted, as at that time the official was not listed in the search bases.
In connection with the fact that Nistratov received a green card, the chances of his extradition after a new decision on arrest in absentia are minimal. There is no extradition treaty between Russia and the United States. Rare cases, when America gave out fugitive Russians, were usually associated with violations of migration legislation. Nistratov resides in the US legally.
The criminal case of fraud in connection with the sale of shares in Kvant-N JSC was filed in 2015. Representatives of Roscosmos, which the company previously controlled, approached investigators. In 2011, on the initiative of Head of the Presidential Affairs Department Vladimir Kozhin, Kvant-N was transferred to the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Center for Financial and Legal Support under the leadership of Nikolay Skrypnikov.
The latter ordered an estimation of the market value of the company’s shares transferred to its management in City Hall of Appraisers OJSC and Avrora Consulting North-West LLC.
Two companies estimated them at 749 and 703 million rubles (~$12.5m). In 2012, the shares were sold to Temperance LLC at a price of 760 million rubles ($12.8m). After the examination on the initiative of the investigative department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, it was found out that the shares were worth by at least 2 billion rubles ($33.7m). A fraud case was initiated. The money paid was turned into the state revenue, and the shares were returned to the Federal Property Management Agency, which initially owned them.
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