Another fugitive celestial from Titov's list returned to Russia

Another fugitive celestial from Titov's list returned to Russia
Boris Titov Photo: RIA Novosti

On September 25, another person from in the Titov's list - lawyer Dmitry Pankov - returned to Russia under a recognizance not to leave. He was accused of divulging commercial secret and collapse of the deal for 700 million rubles ($10.6m).

Two interlocutors from Ombudsman Boris Titov's entourage reported that Pankov returned to Moscow and landed at Sheremetyevo airport on Tuesday, September 25. He signed a recognizance not to leave; now he is taken to the Odintsovsky inter-municipal department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, said Dmitry Grigoriadi, Titov's representative, who met Pankov at the airport.

Pankov confirmed that after the arrival he passed passport control, he was not detained, and after the interrogation, he was brought to the Odintsovsky post for the inquiry, and the officers would consider the termination of the prosecution out of the reconciliation of the parties. Pankov noted that he was grateful to Titov and intended to meet with him in the coming days.

"Pankov flew at 16:40, from Heathrow, at the airport he got a Russian passport, as he refused political asylum in the UK", Grigoriadi said, noting that now Pankov "continues to get acquainted with the appointed examinations by the Ministry of Internal Affairs."

The Cyprus dispute

In 2011-2015, Dmitry Pankov worked at Delo-Center, where he signed a commitment to non-disclosure of commercial secrets when applying for a job. In November 2016, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia opened a criminal case against him under part 3 of Art. 183 of the Criminal Code (Disclosure of Commercial Secret).

According to the investigation, the lawyer sent an application for the seizure of the assets of Delo-Center LLC to the Limassol District Court. He appended a statement signed by him containing information about the assets of this firm to the lawsuit.

The Cypriot court imposed legal injunctions on Delo-Center and its affiliated companies around the world, including 50% in the company Container Terminal NUTEP, 49% of which it was planned to sell to the logistics corporation DP World. The value of the shares was 700 million rubles. As a result, the deal collapsed. Pankov was living in Cyprus since April 2016, in December 2016 he was arrested in absentia, in July 2017 he was put on the wanted list and was accused of divulging the company's secrets. Then Pankov was placed in an international wanted list.

According to Pankov, the court cannot be the addressee of illegal disclosure of information; the signed obligation to disclose commercial secrets states that it is valid only for the period of work in Delo-Center LLC and just about this company. And the owners of NUTEP LLC were TransTerminal Holding and Atoxa LTD, and not Delo-Center at the time of the order by the court of Limassol in June 2016.

In the early 2000s, Pankov worked as a lawyer with Sergey Kapchuk - another person from the Titov's list, at that time the owner of the Nizhnesaldinsky Metallurgical Plant and the former deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Sverdlovsk region. Kapchuk lost control of the enterprise after a clash with representatives of the Uralmash organized the criminal group. Then a criminal case was filed against him over fraud with the funds of the Sverdlovsk Railway. In 2005, he emigrated to the UAE and then to the UK, but was able to return to Russia on the Titov's list line.

"Pankov is a special case, I've been in touch with him recently," RBC quotes Kapchuk. “He was my former lawyer, during the takeover of the plant in 2001. It happened that he was put into the list of Titov, came to me, I communicated with Boris Yurievich, and he said: "Let him return!" I called and approved his return. Pankov reconciled with his opponent, and there is no reason for persecution." According to him, the lawyer was supposed to arrive on September 11 but did not get a passport from the British emigration service.

Titov's list

The so-called Titov's list was drawn up following a February 3 meeting of the President's authorized representative on the rights of entrepreneurs with businessmen hiding from Russian justice in London. The meeting was also attended by former co-owner of the Trust Bank Ilya Yurov, founder of Marta Holding Georgy Trefilov, ex-managers of YUKOS-EP Ramil Burganov, ally of Alexey Navalny and businessman Vladimir Ashurkov, former Evroset owner Yevgeny Chichvarkin. The Business Ombudsman discussed the possibility of return. Titov transferred the list to President Vladimir Putin.

Applications for return were submitted by 34 businessmen who are hiding in the UK, USA, Spain, Greece, and Ukraine.

Representative of the Ombudsman Dmitry Grigoriadi explained RBC criteria for the selection of applicants: lack of corpus delicti in the cases of the applicants and the arguments of businessmen about their innocence deserved attention. The mechanism proposed by Titov is a change of absentee arrest for a recognizance not to leave or a mandatory appearance. For these guarantees, applicants give their address and agree to cooperate with the investigation.

Sergey Kapchuk, general director of Spetsstroyzhilye Group, Ernest Kim and Andrey Kakovkin from Rostov-on-Don, as well as Alexey Kuznetsov, director general of KC Agro-Inform, returned to Russia. The international search was canceled and a decision was taken to continue the investigation without imprisonment against Kaluga businessman Leonid Kuraev, former owner of the Aviacharter holding Mikhail Shamanov, former vice president of Rosneft Anatoly Loktionov, owner of the Slavyane insurance company Yuri Pogiba and businessman Evgeny Petrov.

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