Investigative Committee closes case against Delovye Linii former co-founder

Investigative Committee closes case against Delovye Linii former co-founder

The damage caused to Russian budgetary system has been reimbursed in full.

The Investigative Committee of Russia has stopped the criminal case on non-payment of taxes against Delovye Linii former co-founder Alexander Bogatikov. As reported by Kommersant, the case was closed "due to the fact that the damage caused to the budgetary system of the Russian Federation has been reimbursed in full."

We should remind that Bogatikov had been charged with non-payment of taxes in the amount of 1.089.551.000 rubles ($18.6m). Since the businessman had not appeared for the first interrogation, he was put on the wanted list on March 22. Delovye Linii stated that Bogatikov was not hiding from the investigative bodies. The company’s press service said he was summoned to testify on Friday, March 17. However, since he could not come to the questioning, the businessman’s lawyer filed a petition to reschedule the meeting for the next working day, Monday. On this day, Bogatikov and his lawyer did come, but were not received by the investigator because the latter was busy, the company said.

"Tax claims the company received were repaid in December 2016, which is the basis for the termination of the criminal case," the company added.

Nevertheless, Investigative Committee arrested Delovye Linii’s property worth more than 1.5 billion rubles ($25.7m). The arrest was lifted after the organization had paid all the arrears.

Notably, in December 2016 Colonel Yury Timchenko, the head of department of MIA Main Directorate of Internal Security, was arrested and accused of taking bribes. Later, Zapad senior detective Vitaly Fedosov was detained on the Russia-Belarus border within the same investigation. The colonel reportedly extorted 100 million rubles ($1.7m) from Delovye Linii management for assistance in lifting of the arrest and terminating the case of tax non-payment.

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