Ex-head of policemen who detained Golunov associated with jewelry business
The Internal Affairs Directorate for the Western Administrative District had its own financial foundation, founded by the bank involved in the case of theft of funds.
Andrey Shchirov, the former head of the Anti-Drug Department of the Internal Affairs Directorate of Moscow’s Western Administrative District, who was fired after the acquittal of journalist Ivan Golunov, could have additional income from the jewelry community of Moscow, which includes the ex-security official’s brother, Denis Shchirov. His assets do not correspond his official salary, Izvestia writes.
When Andrey Shchirov became the head of the Internal Affairs Directorate of the WAD, the Foundation for the Support of Law Enforcement Bodies for the Western Administrative District was founded, the founders of which included Sovinkom. Often, such inconspicuous funds are common members of groups that include former and current security forces officers.
Sovinkom was previously mentioned in the investigation of a large-scale tax evasion fraud. On behalf of the fictitious organizations, Sovinkom sold, under agreements between 2009 and 2010, the FSUE Moscow Specialized Alloys Processing worth more than 1 billion rubles ($ 15,6 million), but did not pay VAT to the budget in the amount of 156.7 million rubles ($ 2,4 million).
The money received by Sovinkom was spent through a number of fly-by-night firms, and then cashed out. A part of the amount was also transferred to the accounts of operating organizations – large jewelry enterprises of Russia, including the Bronnitsky Jeweler Trading House, where Denis Shchirov worked as the head of the legal department.
Soon Shchirov became the majority shareholder of several highly profitable enterprises based on the Bronnitsky Jewelry Factory. The perpetrators of the swindling were never found.