Austria detains accomplice of Chechen Head Kadyrov’s ex-plenipotentiary representative in Ukraine

Austria detains accomplice of Chechen Head Kadyrov’s ex-plenipotentiary representative in Ukraine
Ramzan Kadyrov and Ramzan Tsitsulaev

A large cashier is accused of kidnapping.

In Austria, one of the biggest shadow bankers, connected with the case of ex-plenipotentiary representative of the Chechen Head in Ukraine Ramzan Tsitsulaev, was detained. As reported by Rosbalt, he had previously got passports for different names, but now he is known as Ruslan Barkovsky.

In Russia, the cashier is accused of complicity in the kidnapping of businessman Ali Zakriev. According to investigators of the State Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Barkovsky together with Tsitsulaev's guards grabbed the businessman on the street and kept him in the apartment for a few days, demanding 100 million rubles ($1.7m).

Recall that the former representative of Kadyrov in Ukraine is accused under a number of articles: Kidnapping (Article 126 of the Criminal Code), Extortion (Article 163 of the Criminal Code), Swindling (Article 159 of the Criminal Code) and Use of Violence Against a Representative of the Power (Article 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

Now he is kept in the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center, where he was placed in November this year by decision of the Presnensky District Court of the capital. The measure of restraint in the form of arrest was chosen in absentia in 2015, when the investigation of the fraud case began.

For a reward of 500 thousand dollars, Tsitsulaev promised the wife of the arrested entrepreneur Andrey Novikov to assist in his release. The accused told the woman that he had connections in the investigative bodies that could influence the release of the spouse from custody, however, according to the investigators, he could not fulfill the promised and simply deceived her.

In 2014, during the receipt of more than 50 thousand euro from Novikova, the officers of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Departmenttried to catch Tsitsulaev red-handed. But his guards managed to save him from the police, and Tsitsulaev left with the package through the back door. For some time, the former official who was put into a federal wanted list hid in Chechnya, but then left for Ukraine, where his family lived and where he once worked.

Last month, the Security Service of Ukraine transferred Tsitsulaev to Russia as "his actions threatened the national security of the country." Immediately after crossing the Ukrainian-Russian border, he was detained by Russian security forces and taken to Moscow.

According to the source of Rosbalt, over 200 billion rubles ($3.4m) of the Master Bank were withdrawn through the Barkovsky’s channels in 2011-2013. The bank was part of the cartel, through which nearly 700 billion rubles ($11.9bn) had passed.

Barkovsky has the citizenship of at least four countries - Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Spain. In July this year, the court sentenced the Master Bank’s manager to suspended sentences and immediately amnestied them for cashing 13 billion rubles ($221m).

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