Nana Hernandez Getashvili, architect accused of stealing money from Rostec head Chemezov, no longer under in-absentia arrest
The Europe’s best architect of 2014 and 2015 in three nominations in a prestigious international competition in London is accused of two counts of major fraud. The total damage from the fraud is estimated at about 10 million euros.
The Presidium of the Moscow City Court overturned the ruling on the in-absentia arrest of Manana Hernandez-Getashvili, the celebrated architect and designer accused of fraud while designing mansions in Zhukovka (settlement in the Moscow region), Kommersant reported.
One of the luxury houses used to belong to Sergei Chemezov, the general director of the state corporation Rostec and his wife Ekaterina Ignatova, while the other house belonged to a company associated with Dmitry Razumov, the general director of the ONEXIM Group.
According to the publication, the in-absentia arrest of the fraudulent architect was canceled over procedural violations that had been made by the investigators and overlooked by the first-instance court.
Manana Hernandez-Getashvili, 48, was sentenced to imprisonment in absentia by Tagansky district court of Moscow in April 2017.
The Central District internal affairs department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs opened the criminal case against her under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (swindling on an especially large scale) a year before the court made its decision after the wife of the Rostec head Sergei Chemezov, Ekaterina Ignatova filed a report. The investigation established that Ignatova concluded a contract in 2014 with Manana Hernandez-Getashvili, the famous architect and her friend. It happened not long after the house in the upmarket settlement Lyubushkin Khutor near Zhukovka had been finished.
According to the case file, €9 million was given to Hernandez-Getashvili to purchase materials and perform the works. However, a year passed without the architect even starting the finishing works. The woman explained this by saying there was a number of construction defects, which made the finishing work pointless. Eventually, in the autumn of 2015, the unfinished mansion was put up for sale, and in 2016 it was purchased by LLC Petrologistics Group owned by Kyrgyz entrepreneur Abdyrashid Akmullayev.
The unfinished mansion of the Chemezov family
The architect firmly denies her involvement in any illegal actions. The investigators were unable to interrogate her since as soon as the case was initiated, Nana Hernandez-Getashvili left abroad being both a Russian and Portuguese citizen and was put on the international wanted list. At the end of 2017, the Spanish police detained her, made her sign a personal recognizance to appear when summoned and released her until the extradition decision would be made. Kommersant notes that the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office sent the request to the Spanish law enforcement agencies, but no decision has been made yet.
Meanwhile, the Russian investigators revealed that Manana Hernandez-Getashvili had committed another fraud, this time against InterGals Ltd., a company associated with the ONEXIM head Dmitry Razumov. The publication notes that Mrs. Hernandez-Getashvili’s NG Cinema undertook to finish Razumov’s house in Lyubushkin Khutor and asked for $3 million in advance payment. The outcome was the same: the works were never completed and the architect did not return the money.