Defendant in Gaizer’s case that pleaded guilty died
Alexey Sokolov was accused of laundering criminal proceeds.
One of the defendants of the case of the former Head of the Komi Republic Vyacheslav Gaizer, Alexey Sokolov, died under the wheels of a car in Novorossiysk. This is reported by agency BNK, the source of the information is not specified.
At the same time, Gaizer's lawyer Vyacheslav Leontyev told Mediazona that he can not confirm or deny the data yet.
To recap, before being targeted in the investigation, Sokolov runs the company called Integrated Project Management. The Investigative Committee of Russia believes that he was one of the members of the criminal community created by Gaizer and was responsible for laundering criminal proceeds. As Kommersant penned, by January 2018 Sokolov was one of the two accused who pleaded guilty. In total, there are 14 defendants in the case.
At the same time, according to the sources of 7x7 publication, Sokolov was a confidant of Deputy Prime Minister of the Komi Konstantin Romadanov, and during the interrogation in March he "told that he was directly engaged in financial operations on revenues and expenditures of the informal treasury."
It is noteworthy that in August 2016 another defendant in Gaizer’s case died in a detention center - General Director of Komizhilstroy company Anton Faershteyn. As established by the investigation, he committed suicide.
The criminal case against Vyacheslav Gaizer was instituted in the fall of 2015. The consideration of the case on the merits began in Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow in December 2017.
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