Travel-banned songwriter A. Novikov off to have some Emirates sun
Aleksandr Novikov, accused of a 36-million-ruble fraud, claimed that the verdict was not meant to restrict a person’s freedom to travel as such.
Aleksandr Novikov, a singer-songwriter, who is now under house arrest in the case of a multi-million-ruble fraud, fled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a vacation, he told Znak.com himself. The verdict was not meant to restrict a person’s freedom to travel as such, said Novikov. Besides, the musician assured that he had informed the investigating authorities about the trip. He is going to spend five days in the country. On January 18, the offender is going to hold a press conference in Yekaterinburg and arrange a trip to Buhta Kvins for journalists.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, Aleksandr Novikov and his business partner Mikhail Shilimanov had been accused of fraud. The musician is charged with embezzlement of 36 million rubles from shareholders of Buhta Kvins cottage settlement, with his partner’s slightly larger sum of 41 million rubles. The criminals affected 65 shareholders. A criminal case was initiated under the article Swindling on a large scale in November 2015. In 2011, the shareholders invested about 150 million rubles in the construction of cottage houses, which then were transferred to accounts of the alleged fraudsters. The construction of the cottage settlement was suspended indefinitely.