Titov’s list includes 20 Russian entrepreneurs

Titov’s list includes 20 Russian entrepreneurs
Boris Titov

As the press service of the business Ombudsman explained, he is aware of 276 criminal cases initiated against Russian businessmen on far-fetched charges. All the victims turned to the apparatus of Titov themselves.

Business Ombudsman Boris Titov says that he has composed a new list of entrepreneurs who suffered from takeovers, "corrupt law enforcement officers and dishonest attitude" on the part of the state agencies in Russia.

According to Titov, while there are about 20 names in the ‘Russian list,’ but this is only the top of the iceberg, and the number of businessmen affected from raiders and corrupt officials reaches hundreds, RBC reports.

As the press service of the business Ombudsman explained, he is aware of 276 criminal cases initiated against Russian businessmen on far-fetched charges. All the victims turned to the apparatus of Titov themselves.

"We have chosen the most relevant cases, which require active measures. After we succeed in their solution, we will start working on the new ones," the press service adds. Representatives also explain that "it is impossible to draw attention to three hundred cases at the same time."

The Russian list’ includes employees of the Russian subsidiary of the Hochtief company Ekaterina Radaeva, Vadim Sokolov, Alexey Efremov (sentenced to two and a year and a half years in a settlement colony for falsification of documents), Alexander Pivovarov, the general director of Polygraphy and Communications (he is accused of embezzlement and organization of the criminal community, in custody now), director general and employees of the EnergoTrest company Artem Potekhin, Sergey Konchenkov, Oleg Shadrin (accused of fraud on an especially large scale), head of Rusalyansstroy Alexey Eckert (in custody on suspicion of embezzling 3 billion rubles in the construction of facilities in the Arctic), director general of the VKV Viktor Ognev (accused of embezzlement).

"When unscrupulous representatives of the state destroy enterprising people who can do good for the state, we can not tolerate this," Titov says.

Note that the Business Ombudsman does not immediately raise the issue of the fate of entrepreneurs who had been imprisoned. In February 2018, Titov, who was running for the President post, spoke of the return of those businessmen who had escaped abroad from the criminal prosecution.

The Business Ombudsman has formed a list of entrepreneurs and officials and transferred it to the Presidential Administration. The list contained names of 16 people, including former Deputy Head of the Ministry of Agriculture Alexey Bazhanov, former co-owner of the Ediniy Stroitelny Bank Vasily Dyakun, founder of the Marta holding company Georgy Trefilov. Applications for inclusion in the list were submitted by 34 people.

On June 15, another person from Titov's list returned to Russia from Croatia; it was Sergey Kapchuk, the former official from the Sverdlovsk region, who became a defendant in the case of embezzlement back in the 1990s. He was hiding from justice in Cyprus, in the UAE, and in the UK. The repatriation of Kapchuk became possible with the active assistance of the Russian Ambassador to Croatia, who called the fugitive former official "patriot of Russia." "I think that in the next few days we will learn about another seven or eight entrepreneurs who will be able to return to their homeland," Titov said after Kapchuk’s return.

The Business Ombudsman notes that he also helps Russian businessmen in jail. According to him, since the beginning of this year, there were terminated 52 criminal cases, charges against eight persons have been retrained, 61 entrepreneurs faced the change of the measure of restraint, and 58 cases met the prosecutor's response.

"Seven cases were returned to the prosecutor by the court, the sentences were changed, reduced or re-qualified, some convictions were canceled, criminal cases were dismissed [by the court], or verdicts were left unchanged in 13 cases," Titov says.

In six cases, convicted entrepreneurs were released on parole. Titov notes that now he is seeking to release an entrepreneur who has spent seven years in a pre-trial detention center.

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