Defendant in Abyzov case exposes money withdrawal abroad

Defendant in Abyzov case exposes money withdrawal abroad
Mikhail Abyzov Photo: RIA Novosti

The former minister is suspected of embezzling 4 billion rubles ($62.1 million) from Sibirskaya Energeticheskaya Kompaniya and Regionalnye Elektricheskie Seti.

FSB officers checked whether there were utility bills for electricity among the money ex-Minister Abyzov withdrew abroad. The check was conducted in the framework of operational investigative activities. As a result, experts found that no tariff receipts participated in the transaction, with which Abyzov and other defendants were charged. One of the defendants, Nikolay Stepanov, provided this information to court.

“After studying the case file in the pre-trial detention center, I saw that, in accordance with the expert opinion of Aleshin, who was hired by the FSB of Russia, all these transactions described in the case were conducted at the expense of non-tariff sources, namely the net profit of the companies. They relate to the account No. 91 (other income and expenses) and are not related to tariff activity. This is directly stated in the conclusion of expert Aleshin,” RBC cites Stepanov. 

To recall, the former minister is suspected of embezzling 4 billion rubles from Sibirskaya Energeticheskaya Kompaniya and Regionalnye Elektricheskie Seti. According to the investigation, the embezzled money was withdrawn abroad.

Mikhail Abyzov is former Minister of the Open Government. Apart from him, there are five more defendants in the case. All of them are under arrest.

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