Ex-director general of Summa Group questioned in Magomedov brothers case
FSB officers detained Leyla Mammedzade along with Ziyavudin and Magomed Magomedov on March 30 this year. After questioning her for two days, they released her. In April, Mammedzade stepped down from her post. At the moment, she is not a defendant in the case of Summa Group owners.
Ex-Director General of Summa Group Leyla Mammedzade was detained on the day of arrest of the Group’s owner Ziyavudin and his older brother Magomed Magomedov on March 30, 2018. She told this to RBC. Simultaneously, about a hundred detentions, arrests, interrogations, and summonings were held throughout Russia as part of the Summa Group case.
According to Mammedzade, she was detained during a business meeting at Kofemania cafe. Then the top manager was taken to her place, which was searched.
“I came to Kofemania for a meeting with a colleague. Then he said ‘Now that’s something!’ When I turned around, I saw a bunch of armed people wearing masks,” Mammedzade said. According to her, she was accompanied by ten masked FSB officers.
March 30 and 31, the top manager was questioned in the Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The police were interested in the episodes of the case against the Magomedov brothers and Summa Group’s activity. Mammedzade stressed that the investigators behaved "very professionally and exceptionally politely.”
Leyla Mammedzade was not a Summa employee in the period from 2013 to 2015, when the events in question took place. During the first episode of the criminal case against the Summa owner and his brother, she was in the hospital where she was giving birth to a child; as for the second episode, she was on maternity leave. “I have nothing to hide, to be honest. I provided them with all the documents they needed,” Mammedzade said.
According to her, after being questioned, she was no longer called in for the investigation. In April, she stepped down from the post of Summa Group Director General for the sake of working in the largest assets of Ziyavudin Magomedov – Yakutsk Fuel and Energy Company and the FESCO Transport Group – where she heads the board of directors, as well as in the United Grain Company. In addition, Mammedzade managed to agree on the sale of the Magomedovs’ share in the largest port operator NCSP to Transneft for $750 million.
Ziyavudin and Magomed Magomedov are suspected of Organization of a Criminal Community (Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code), as well as of several Swindling and Embezzlement episodes. There are a total of seven episodes in the case. According to the investigation, the contractor Globalelektroservis, previously owned by Summa, stole 650 million rubles ($9.91 million) from the Federal Network Company. The Summa Group structures got 1.15 billion rubles ($17.5 million) more in preparing the construction of the Arena Baltica stadium for the World Football Championship. In total, the Magomedovs have stolen 2.5 billion rubles ($38.1 million) from the federal and regional budgets, the investigation believes. Each of the suspects faces up to 25 years’ colony or life imprisonment. The defendants deny all the charges.
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