Former United Grain Company top-manager arrested in Magomedov brothers case

Former United Grain Company top-manager arrested in Magomedov brothers case
Magomedov brothers

Former head of support for business department Roman Gribanov is charged with dealing with organized crime rings and misappropriation on an especially large scale.

According to Kommersant, the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow arrested a former head of support for business department at United Grain Company Roman Gribanov in the criminal case of part-owners of Summa Group of Companies Ziyavudin and Magomed Magomedov. Gribanov is charged with dealing with organized crime group (part 2 of Article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and Misappropriation on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 160).

Previously, Gribanov was a witness in Magomedov brothers case. He was detained on Monday (September 3) after officers of Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption along with Russia’s MIA and Federal Security Service raided his apartment. During the raid on the former United Grain Company top-manager’s apartment, security agents carted off documents related to the case and 300 thousand rubles ($4.3 thousand). Gribanov claimed that this money is family savings and asked to give it back considering that he might need it to pay for the attorney.

Gribanov’s lawyers requested 72 hours adjournment to gather health certificates and characterizing materials. In particular, it was found that the detainee is a combat veteran and highly decorated in the Chechnya War. However, the judge did not adjourn the hearing.

The investigators believe that in 2012-2013 Gribanov undertook procurement activities from Newbay Investments L.P. company registered in Great Britain. The British company received advance payments amounting to $20 million and was supposed to supply the buyer with the corn from Ukraine. The deal allegedly fell through due to the early 2014 events in Ukraine. Guarantor companies - including Gribanov-owned Admata LLC (hotel business in Crimea) - did not cover losses. The investigators believe that the deals were fraudulent, and the United Grain Company money was siphoned off to institutions Ziyavudin Magomedov is affiliated with.

Gribanov stated that he is not acquainted with Magomedov brothers and saw one of them (Ziyavudin) only once - at the meeting. He also reported that four of the five contracts that stroke police officers as suspicious were completed. “The grain was shipped!” Gribanov said. He proclaimed himself ready to cooperate with the investigation providing he is placed under house arrest. However, the Court decided that Gribanov may escape and put him in prison till November 3.

Misappropriation at the United Grain Company is only one of seven instances of Magomedov brothers case. The remaining six were classified by the police as swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). In particular, it is referred to land fraud cases in building Baltika Stadium, Khrabrovo airport expansion project in Kaliningrad and development at Krestovsky Stadium (also called Zenit Arena Stadium) in St. Petersburg. Total losses amounted to about 2.5 billion rubles ($36.4 million). Magomedov brothers and another defendant in the case Artur Maksidov, CEO of Intex company, deny their involvement in misappropriation. The defendants are arrested till November 5. Assets of the companies related to Summa Group of Companies are seized, as well.

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