Kadyrov’s ex-envoy in Ukraine offered businessman collector and 'roof' services for $1 million a month
Tsitsulaev himself refutes these allegations, referring to the fact that the sum is overestimated even for him.
Moscow held a face-to-face confrontation between the former plenipotentiary representative of the Chechnya Head in Ukraine, Ramzan Tsitsulaev, and the former owner of Delta Key payment system, Andrey Novikov. The investigators believe that through Tsitsulaev the latter wanted to return upwards of 100 million rubles ($1.7m), allegedly stolen by his business partner Ali Zakriev, Rosbalt reports. Novikov cashed money with the help of this shadow banker’s facilities.
During another operation, money was lost. And Novikov accused Zakriev of this. Through his friends, Ruslan Barkovsky and some Dzhabrail, the businessman got to know Tsitsulaev. At their meeting, which took place at Zolotoe Koltso Hotel (Golden Ring) in Moscow, the then acting Kadyrov's envoy in Ukraine offered Novikov not only a solution to the current problem, but also patronage on a permanent basis for $1 million a month.
However, during the confrontation, Tsitsulaev vehemently denied this, saying that he "was not out of his mind" to name such huge sums. He also refuted giving Novikov the promise to resolve the issue with Zakriev. In this question he was supported by Novikov himself. According to Tsitsulaev, this was Barkovsky's personal initiative.
Nevertheless, according to investigators, after the conversation of Novikov and Tsitsulaev Zakriev was kidnapped in 2014. Barkovsky, along with the guards of Tsitsulaev, took him to a house in the Moscow region, where he admitted the debt to Novikov.
Being the orchestrator of this crime, Novikov is now serving a 10-year term. To conduct investigative actions, he was specially brought to Moscow. Another kidnapper, Adlan Taramov, is also arrested.
The confrontation was also held between Tsitsulaev and Zakriev. The latter was particularly upset not by the abduction itself, but by the fact that it had occurred at the direction of Tsitsulaev - the same ethnic Chechen as him, moreover, with the help of Azerbaijani Barkovsky.
Another curious thing is that after the detention of Novikov Tsitsulaev promised his wife to help with his release for 500 thousand euros. During the transfer of the first part of the amount in the same Golden Ring Hotel in November 2014, the operatives of the Moscow Criminal Intelligence attempted to detain the emissary of Kadyrov, but they were actively resisted by his guards, which allowed Tsitsulaev to abscond. At first, he was in Chechnya, and then went to Ukraine with a fake passport, where his family resides. In November 2017, at the crossing of the Russian-Ukrainian border, Tsitsulaev was announced undesirability of his stay in the territory of Ukraine. Under escort, he was handed over to Russian law enforcers, and then was placed in Matrosskaya Tishina detention facility.
Now the former official is charged with Abduction (Art. 126 of the Criminal Code), Extortion (Art. 163 of the Criminal Code), major Swindling (Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) and Use of Violence Against a Representative of the Power (Art. 318 of the Criminal Code).