Singer Novikov finally charged with stealing money from shareholders of Bukhta Kvins

Singer Novikov finally charged with stealing money from shareholders of Bukhta Kvins
Alexander Novikov Photo: Artem Ustyuzhanin / E1.RU

The accused believes that "the investigation pulls off lawlessness" and intends to gather another press conference.⁠

Bard Alexander Novikov was finally charged with fraud of the money of the Bukhta Kvins (Queens Bay) shareholders.

The Investigative Committee in the Sverdlovsk region reported that Novikov is charged with part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling on an especially large scale). According to the investigation, he and two other defendants, former Deputy Minister of the Economy of the region Mikhail Shilimanov and ex-general director of Svetoyar LLC Larisa Assonova, had been stealing money from Bukhta Kvins PJSK from December 2010 to December 2012. There are 60 complainants in the case, who suffered damage for a total of 50 million rubles ($838.200).

Investigators state that the money received from the shareholders "were transferred on false grounds to the accounts of a number of other legal entities" that did not participate in the construction of the cottage community. After funds’ receipt to the accounts of third parties, the money was cashed.

Meanwhile, Alexander Novikov himself believes that the case against him "is a bit too thin."

"Obviously, it is a frame-up and aims to charge me by any means... I own the land allocated for construction, worth more than 100 million rubles ($1.6m), and I have invested 72 million rubles ($1.2m) for its completion, that is more than all shareholders together taken in half! If so, then it's easier for me to demolish these houses and let the investigation continue to create lawlessness," the press service quotes the words of Alexander Novikov.

According to the accused, the investigation prevents the completion of construction, refusing to issue technical and project documentation, as well as seized contracts between the cooperative and the developer.

In the near future the bard is going to organize another press conference.

As the CrimeRussia previously reported, Alexander Novikov started construction of a cottage residential complex in 2008. In total, Bukhta Kvins assumed the erection of 56 cottages, and the total amount contributed by the shareholders exceeded 150 million rubles ($2.5m). In 2011 the construction of the village was suspended. According to a statement by a number of shareholders in 2015, the Main Department of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation in the Sverdlovsk region instituted a criminal case on fraud on an especially large scale. In February 2017, all the materials of the case were transferred to the regional Investigation Department of the ICR.

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