Billionaire from Sofiyskaya vegetable base charged with robbery and declared wanted

Billionaire from Sofiyskaya vegetable base charged with robbery and declared wanted
Elchin Akhmedov

The businessman is ready to return to Russia to prove his innocence provided that the ICR and Prosecutor's Office guarantee that he will not be arrested.

The largest supplier of fruits and vegetables to Russia Elchin Akhmedov has been charged in absentia with armed robbery in the territory of the Sofiyskaya fruit and vegetable base in St. Petersburg. According to Kommersant, the case under item (b), part 4 of Art. 162 of the Russian Criminal Code has not seen any defendants since May 2018, however, now the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in St. Petersburg has charged the owner of Aysel and AyBaRus companies in absentia and put him on the federal wanted list. Akhmedov can be declared internationally wanted shortly, as he is undergoing medical care abroad.

According to the investigation, the robbery itself took place on November 20, 2015. Allegedly, Akhmedov, his assistant Dzhavid Mansuradze, and other subordinates entered the office of Royal and received 12 million rubles ($172.796) from the cash register, threatening people in the office with an object resembling a pistol. The visitors caused damage on an especially large scale to the owner of Royal Novruz Khalilov, his brothers, and employees.

Officers of the Investigative Committee supported by the National Guard special forces searched the businessman and his relatives and seized documents and electronic media that were not relevant to the above events.

Elchin Akhmedov told Kommersant that Novruz Khalilov had slandered him possibly at the behest of siloviki. “Khalilov and his relatives used to be defendants in a criminal case of banditry, armed robberies, and murders. When a large-scale operation was conducted into this case three years ago, media sources reported that the suspects might have been involved in dozens of murders, but only one robbery episode made it to the court. The victim in the case was a person convicted for organizing murders,” Akhmedov said.

Earlier, Akhmedov and Khalilov had had a money dispute. Allegedly, Akhmedov had not paid for a consignment of fruit from South Africa. Although, he claimed to have given $250 thousand to Khalilov. The latter deemed the debt not paid off.

The billionaire said he was ready to return to Russia to prove his innocence provided that the ICR and Prosecutor's Office guarantee that he would not be arrested. Akhmedov was willing to confirm his words about innocence via a lie-detector test.

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