"Is it some sort of national fun and play?" Abyzov’s lawyer states ex-Minister’s family left destitute
The prosecution arrested money that had been transferred to his wife and son when he had already been in custody.
Lawyer of Mikhail Abyzov, an ex-Minister of the Open government arrested on accusation of swindling, stated his family has been left destitute, reports Intefax.
“The prosecution arrested money that had been transferred to his wife and son when he had already been in custody. Yes, 30 million rubles have been transferred to his son, and other 30 million rubles - to his partner wife who has a child of tender years. Now, these people have been left destitute,” Abyzov’s lawyer said during hearings at Moscow’s Basmanny court where extension of detention of Abyzov is being considered.
The lawyer noted he considers the actions of the prosecution an attempt to put pressure on his client for the purpose of “breaking” him.
«Is it some sort of national fun and play? This is a Russian-style quest: the man is put in custody on unsubstantiated accusations; the family is left destitute; his mother advanced in years (born in 1933) is deprived of her son’s support; let’s just check whether they survive or not!” Abyzov’s representative stated.
Earlier, during the hearings at Basmanny court, investigator stated that Abyzov - while being in custody - “committed actions aimed to siphon off the money that had been stolen - by transferring it to the third parties’ accounts.”
Besides that, investigator stated that drug substance had been found in Abyzov’s apartment during the searches. Another criminal case was initiated. Abyzov’s lawyer - in his turn - noted that no fingerprints of the former official had been found on the drugs’ bag.
Basmanny court is considering the extension of detention of Abyzov till July 25. The ex-Minister is being accused of swindling (article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and creation of an organized crime community (article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The investigation theory is that from April, 2011, up to November, 2014, Abyzov - while being the beneficiary of a few of offshore companies - founded and started being the head of the crime community. As part of it, he stole 4 billion rubles ($61.7 million) from OAO Sibirskaya energeticheskaya kompaniya and OAO Regionalnye elektricheskiye seti. The funds were allegedly siphoned off to an offshore company controlled by Abyzov. The ex-Minister and other defendants in the case plead not guilty.
In 2018, the official became a founder of a fund that deals with shooting and entrapment of wild animals in a hunting sector he supervises. With that, the official did not report about it to his senior executives.