Moscow City Court cancels extension of custody term in respect of businessman Dmitry Mikhalchenko in case of embezzlement

Moscow City Court cancels extension of custody term in respect of businessman Dmitry Mikhalchenko in case of embezzlement

A district court will hold a hearing regarding the investigation’s custody petition in a new composition.

Moscow’s Basmanny Court will reconsider investigation’s petition to extend the custody terms in respect of the head of the Forum company, Dmitry Mikhalchenko, in the case of embezzlement and creation of a criminal community. The Moscow City Court overturned the first decision and returned the case to the district court for consideration in another composition. The term of Mikhalchenko’s arrest is set until April 9, TASS reports.

According to the investigators, Mikhalchenko’s OCG stole more than 1.5 billion rubles ($ 23 million) during the construction of a presidential residence in Novo-Ogarevo. The investigators called the former head of Ateks, Andrey Kaminov, his ex-deputy Stanislav Kyuner, the former head of Stroyfasad, Dmitry Torchinsky, the director of Baltstroy, Dmitry Sergeyev, businessmen Alexander Rodionov, Sergey Perevalov and Sergey Litvinov Mikhalchenko’s accomplices. The Federal Security Guard Service is recognized as the injured party.

Mikhalchenko was sentenced to 4 years and 7 months in prison for smuggling elite alcohol. The sentence on this case expires on April 19. The Prosecutor's Office considered the sentence to mild and appealed the court decision.

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