Moscow region Finance ex-Minister Kuznetsov to stand trial
Former spouse of the accused Bullah is convicted in absentia and is on the international wanted list.
The Prosecutor General’s Office approved the indictment against the former Finance Minister of the Moscow region, Alexey Kuznetsov, extradited from France and accused of Swindling (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code), Embezzlement (part 4 of Article 160 of the criminal code of the Russian Federation) and Legalization of Illegally Acquired Income (part 3 of Article 174.1 of the Criminal Code). The investigation has been conducting for 10 years. Previously, former Kuznetsov’s spouse Zhanna Bullah was convicted in absentia and declared internationally wanted.
From 2005 to 2008, Kuznetsov was a member of an organized criminal group, along with some officials of the Moscow region government and his spouse Bullah, and stole the right to claim debt to municipalities, as well as money from regional organizations totaling more than 11 billion rubles from the housing and public utilities enterprises. Criminals siphoned off money abroad and bought them luxury items and real estate.
Six members of the organized criminal group were convicted earlier and four were declared internationally wanted. The court imposed an arrest on the foreign assets of Bullah and Kuznetsov in the amount of €120 million. Kuznetsov's criminal case was removed to the Basmanny Court of Moscow.