ICR refused Ural Rakhimov on closing proceedings against him

ICR refused Ural Rakhimov on closing proceedings against him
Ural Rakhimov

The ex-head of Bashneft is charged with abuse of his father’s post in order to organize the theft of more than 130 billion rubles ($2 237 648 609).⁠

The investigation refused to stop production on one of the four episodes against former head of Bashneft Ural Rakhimov in connection with the lapse of time. It is reported by TASS with reference to Rakhimov’s lawyer Sergey Makarenko.

According to the lawyer, his client is charged with the theft of Bashneft shares in the period from 2002 to 2006, but the deadline for this count expired in December 2016. The protection, in accordance with the law, filed an application for closing proceedings, but the investigation denied.

Makarenko believes that law enforcement officers motivated this decision by the fact that Rakhimov lives in Austria, and then tries to escape from the investigation.

"If the accused hides from the investigation, the period shall be suspended, but Rakhimov lived legally and openly in Austria, and Austria officially refused to extradite him," the lawyer said.

Earlier, the ICR incriminated co-owner of AFK Sistema Vladimir Evtushenko with organization of property legalization obtained by crime, particularly, with theft of shares of Bashkortostan energy companies, in which also former head of Bashneft Ural Rakhimov was involved. A year ago, Evtushenkov’s charges were dropped, and the prosecution dismissed.

The investigation is continuing with respect to Rakhimov - law enforcement agencies suggest that he used the official position of his father - the first President of Bashkiria - and organized theft of controlling stakes worth more than 130 billion rubles ($2 237 648 609). Then he secured financial transactions with the stolen property, namely, the implementation of a package of AFK Sistema shares, totaling more than $2.5 billion.

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