Court places Russia’s former kickboxing champ under house arrest for major fraud
The damage from Nikolai Galustov’s actions is estimated at half a million dollars.
The Presnensky Court of Moscow has placed Nikolai Galustov, the former Russian kickboxing champ, under house arrest until December 30 in a $1-million fraud case, News.ru reported. Galustov's accomplices, Ilya Ivanov and Vyacheslav Sheviakov, the general director of the debt recovery firm Everest, were also convicted.
The defendants were detained by the FSB yesterday. According to the investigation, they promised they would help get a resentence to Yuri Manilov, the head of Parliament Group, in 2012. They wanted a million dollars for the service, but the truth was that they had no say in the investigation or were ever going to try and help the entrepreneur. Nevertheless, Manilov’s acquaintance handed them half the amount, which they split.
Yuri Manilov and Sergey Kupriyanov, a businessman, were arrested in 2012 on suspicion of trying to extort 150.000.000-rubles’s worth of shares of a large agro-industrial company. In addition, they were charged with threats to kill another entrepreneur. One more person involved in the case was Mark Milgotin, a crime lord known as Marik, who died before the trial began. In 2014, the Moscow Department of the ICR reported that the criminal case against Manilov and Kupriyanov had been discontinued due to the lack of corpus delicti.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.