Member of Tsapkovskiye gang Tsepovyaz fails to abjudge agroholding and land from ex-wife
Kuschevsky District Court refused Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz to rescind the marriage contract with his ex-wife Natalya Tsepovyaz. 100% of experimental production farm Slava Kubani LLC and Sozvezdie LLC, as well as 4.3 hectares of land, were transferred to the woman.
Kuschevsky District Court refused Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz, member of Tsapki criminal group, to cancel the marriage contract with his former wife, Natalya Tsepovyaz, and to recognize the right to half of their jointly acquired property, Kommersant-Yug reports. 100% of experimental production farm Slava Kubani LLC and restaurant company Sozvezdie LLC, as well as 4.3 hectares of agricultural land, were transferred to Natalya Tsepovyaz.
It is reported that Tsepovyaz concluded a marriage contract with his wife in 2015 while serving a term in the case of Tsapkovskiye in a colony in the Amur region. According to Natalya Tsepovyaz, the initiator of the agreement was her husband, since, being in the colony, he could not run the business. In 2017, the relationship between the couple soured, and Natalya Tsepovyaz dissolved the marriage but continued to help her ex-husband pay for lawyers’ services.
Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz claims that he signed the marriage contract under the pressure of his wife, who feared that the family business would be penalized on the victims' claims against the Tsapkovskiye’s actions. According to Tsepovyaz, his wife intimidated him by ceasing to visit him and paying for his treatment if he did not agree to transfer all the property to her. The prisoner argued that he had been forced to sign the contract, reaching a deadlock.
The court found Tsepovyaz's allegations of pressure by the spouse to be unfounded and refused to annul the contract. The lawyer of the convict said that the court's decision would be appealed.
Earlier, RBC reported that in February 2018 Director of farm Slava Kuban Natalya Tsepovyaz asked the court to lift the arrest imposed on the assets of the company, which the investigation considered the property of Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz, owned by third parties. The woman claimed that the property of the agricultural holding company did not belong to her husband and was unreasonably arrested, and the amount of assets significantly exceeded the victims’ claims.
Slava Kubani LLC was registered in 2003. Until 2011 the founder of the company was Tamara Tsepovyaz, and the post of General Director was taken by her son Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz. After his arrest, his wife Natalya Tsepovyaz assumed the position. Soon after these events, Tamara Tsepovyaz died. At the end of 2017, Natalya Tsepovyaz re-registered 30% of Slava Kubani in the name of each of her children Oksana and Dmitry.
In 2013, Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of involvement in numerous murders, robberies, rapes, thefts and other crimes committed by Tsapkovskiye organized crime group. Hang leader Sergey Tsapok was sentenced to life imprisonment with serving time in prison. He died in a jail cell in June 2014.
In 2016, Natalya Tsepovyaz was mentioned in the investigation of the Anti-Corruption Foundation into the business of the sons of Prosecutor General Yury Chaika. Tsepovyaz was among the co-owners of Sakhar Kubani company along with gang leader Sergey Tsapok’s wife Anzhela Mariya and firm Arline. The shares in the latter belonged to the former wife of the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Olga Lopatina, and the wife of business manager of the Prosecutor General's Office Alexey Staroverov, Nadezhda.
In March 2016, it was reported that the police of Krasnodar Krai had completed the investigation of the case of forgery of Sakhar Kubani’s documents, initiated on the statement of Olga Lopatina. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Lopatina had nothing to do with Tsapkovskiye. Natalya Tsepovyaz also denied ties to the wives of the Prosecutor General's Office employees.