Lawyer says new case against against Abyzov stems from investigation’s inability to prove his involvement in creation of organized criminal community

Lawyer says new case against against Abyzov stems from investigation’s inability to prove his involvement in creation of organized criminal community
Mikhail Abyzov

Lawyers of a Minister Mikhail Abyzov believe that the investigation opens a new criminal case to put pressure on him, arrest his property and prolong his detention.

Lawyer of 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 - Aleksander Asnis says a new case into laundering of money against his client stems from investigation’s inability to prove his involvement in creation of an organized criminal community, reports Znak.com.

Asnis stated that the investigation failed to prove Abyzov’s involvement in creation of an organized criminal community and swindling and continues opening new criminal cases to put pressure on him, arrest his property and prolong his detention.

“9 out of 19 orders to arrest his property have already been cancelled. The day before, the Moscow city court upheld our complaint and cancelled the Basmanny court’s order to arrest shares of a Russian company owned by an offshore company. And the case was forwarded for reconsideration. Besides that, earlier, the Basmanny court cancelled arrest of more than 55.5 million rubles ($840 thousand) and around €11 million in the ex-Minister’s case,” the lawyer said.

Earlier, it became known about a new criminal case into certification of 32.5 billion rubles ($492 million) was initiated against Abyzov. Besides that, in late August, it became known that the ex-Minister became a defendant in a case into illegal entrepreneurship (article 289 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

Abyzov was placed in detention in March, 2019. He was accused of swindling (article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and creation of an organized criminal group (article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). 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.

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.

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