Primorye businessman with customs service connections accused of gang creation

Primorye businessman with customs service connections accused of gang creation
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Rodion Tikhonov was previously mentioned in several corruption scandals and developed a reputation as the friend of local authorities and law enforcement agencies.

The Investigative Committee charged Primorye businessman Rodion Tikhonov, who, according to the investigation, organized the import of dozens of containers with fur coats and fabrics under the guise of cheap construction materials to Russia, with creation of a criminal community. This is reported by Kommersant. Tikhonov was detained by a special FSB brigade. The businessman and his alleged accomplices were taken to Moscow, where they were arrested. The investigation believes that Tikhonov's ties with the Federal Customs Service (FCS), one of which officials was also arrested, abetted.

Rodion Tikhonov owns temporary storage warehouse of Dalzavod Terminal CJSC located in the largest port of the Far East. The warehouse area is almost 20 thousand square meters, and the length of the quay wall is 260 meters. Container cargo is stored in the warehouse; its area and technical capabilities provides means for storage of 14 400 twenty-foot containers.

Under the preliminary version, the reason of detention of Tikhonov became irregularities at customs registration of cargoes. Together with the entrepreneur, four businessmen associated with him were detained: Dmitry Khodyachikh, Evgeny Oksiyuk, Denis Mars and Alexey Nabok, and deputy head of the Vladivostok Seaport customs Evgeny Romanchenko.

Tikhonov and his partners are accused of Creation of a Criminal Group and Participating Therein, as well as Non-Payment of Customs Fees on an especially large scale (parts 1, 2 of Article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and part 4 of Article 194 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Romanchenko is charged with Bribe-Taking (part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The Moscow Basmanny Court placed all the defendants of the case to the pre-trial detention center at the request of the ICR.

In November 2017, operatives intercepted a batch of 80 containers in the port of Vladivostok, in which there were finishing materials de jure, but there were coats and expensive fabrics de facto. The goods were seized, and the incident was reported to the leadership of the FCS and other special services. Previously, Dalzavod Terminal has repeatedly litigated customs in re the value of goods imported to Russia, but it was about relatively small lots - up to 35 containers.

Rodion Tikhonov was previously mentioned in several corruption scandals and developed a reputation as the friend of local authorities and law enforcement agencies. In this regard, it was decided to investigate the activities of the alleged criminal group in Moscow, not in Vladivostok. The sources note that the Investigative Committee is reckoning upon plea deal to reveal others.

Dmitry Khodyachikh's lawyer, Kirill Scarabeevsky noted that the prosecution insisted on by the severity of the possible punishment. According to him, the investigation was gone by inquiries and reports of FSB operatives. The lawyer also noted that he asked to place his client under house arrest, but the court found this impossible, as Khodyachikh was registered in Vladivostok. The entrepreneur refused to testify, referring to Art. 51 of the Constitution.

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