Prosecution asks for 8.5 years in prison in respect of “Magnitsky list” member who recovered $ 387 million from IKEA
The entrepreneur was accused of knowingly false denunciation when filing libel suits.
The state prosecution requested 8.5 years of colony for the person included in the “Magnitsky list,” the owner of Autonomous Power Supply Company Konstantin Ponomarev, who is accused of false denunciation. The entrepreneur gained fame after recovering 25 billion rubles ($ 387 million) from the Russian entities of IKEA for the debts accumulated in renting electric generators, RBC reports.
According to the investigation, Ponomarev, lawyer Maxim Zagorsky and a number of nominees filed four libel claims with false denunciations to the magistrate courts of the of Ramensky, the Moscow Region. The cases won allegedly helped Ponomarev to evade taxes and criminal responsibility. The prosecutor also requested 8.5 years in prison in respect of Zagorsky.
Ponomarev was arrested in June 2017 on suspicion of committing several crimes, including swindling and tax evasion worth 4.7 billion rubles ($ 73 million).
In 2010, Ponomarev entered into a settlement agreement with the Russian entities of IKEA and received 25 billion rubles. Later, the businessman recovered another 507 million rubles ($ 7,8 million). Also, Ponomarev is known as a witness for the prosecution in one of the tax fraud cases against the co-founder of the Hermitage Capital fund, William Browder, for which he was included in the “Magnitsky’s list” of sanctions.
General’s son Mikhail Sal’nikov, Professor of the Department of Theory of Government and Law at the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been detained for real estate fraud. Amid other corruption crimes hitting the headlines, this offense does not seem a high-profile one. But the point is that this is not the first criminal case instituted against professor Sal’nikov, and he is not the only relative of MIA general Viktor Sal’nikov having problems with the law.