Criminal case into laundering of $492 million initiated against ex-Minister Abyzov
Charges in the new case have not been brought, yet.
New criminal case into certification of 32.5 billion rubles ($492 million) has been initiated against an ex-Minister of the Open government Mikhail Abyzov accused of embezzlement of 4 billion rubles ($60 million) and creation of an organized criminal community, reports Moskva agency with reference to a source within law enforcement.
“On September 4, criminal case under item 4 of article 174.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation into certification of 32.5 billion rubles ($492 million),” the source of the agency said. He specified that the charges in the new case have not been brought, yet.
Earlier, Moscow’s Basmanny court arrested Abyzov until October 25, 2019. Besides that, other defendants in the case were arrested, as well, including a director on economics and finance of AO REMiS Galina Fraidenberg, an ex-CEO of Ru-com Group Nikolay Stepanov, a chairman of the board of directors of OOO Pervy stroiyelny fond Aleksander Pelipasov, a deputy director of OOO Ru-com Maksim Rusakov and an ex-head of OAO Regionalnye elektricheskiye seti Sergey Ilychev.
Abyzov was placed in detention in March, 2019. The investigation theory is that from April, 2011, up to November, 2014, he - while being a beneficiary of a few offshore companies - created and became a head of a criminal community. He and his accomplices embezzled around 4 billion rubles ($60 million) from OAO Sibirskaya energeticheskaya kompaniya (SIBEKO) and OAO Regionalnye elektricheskiye seti (RES) that were working in the territory of the Novosibirsk region. The investigation believes that subsequently, the money was siphoned off abroad.