Two FSB officers arrested in Moscow for extorting millions from hotel owner

Two FSB officers arrested in Moscow for extorting millions from hotel owner

The entrepreneur was promised to resolve the conflict with the owner of the building.

Moscow’s Garrison Military Court arrested two officers of the department for the protection of the constitutional order and the anti-terrorism of the FSB (2nd service), Sergey Bogdanov and Sergey Ivanov, RBC reports. The first was taken into custody, the latter was placed under house arrest. They are suspected of extortion on an especially large scale (Part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code).

The pre-trial restriction in respect of the law enforcement officers was ruled on back in April, but it became known only now. According to the investigators, Bogdanov and Ivanov demanded payment of 5 million rubles ($ 80,000) a month from the owners of Moscow Holiday LLC which operates the Moscow Holiday Hotel in Mnevniki. The officers allegedly promised to resolve the company’s conflict with the owner of the building where the hotel was located, Mostransagentstoy. According to the head of the latter, Victor Gorin, the hotel does not pay they rent and does not leave the building.

During interrogation, Gorin said that in the spring of 2017, the hotel building had been seized by Yunus-bek Magomadov, who forced him to enter into a lease agreement with a subsidiary company, Golden Tree, or else it gave Moscow Holiday premises on a sublease basis. The hotel had to pay 7 million rubles ($ 111,000) a month. 

Now the contracts are terminated. Magomadov is on the international search for swindling cases related to the work of the pawnshop called Avtofinance OJSC. In the same case, Magomed-Salyakh Bigayev, the former CEO of Moscow Holiday LLC, was arrested.

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