Tsapkovskie OCG participant Tsepovyaz's ex-spouse seizes his business, demands another $60k

Tsapkovskie OCG participant Tsepovyaz's ex-spouse seizes his business, demands another $60k
Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz in the meeting hall of the Krasnodar Region Court. December 2012 Photo: RIA Novosti

Earlier, 100% of the agricultural holding OOO Slava Kubani, the restaurant company OOO Sozvezdie, and land plots of 4.3 hectares passed to Natalia Tsepovyaz.

Ex-spouse of the convicted participant of the organized crime group Tsapkovsky, Kuschev district businessman Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband demanding to collect more than 4 mln rubles ($60,000) from him.

According to the Kuban news portal Ugpressa, in addition to exaction from the former husband, who is serving a long sentence for participating in the Tsapkovskie gang, Natalya Tsepovyaz in her statement of claim asked the court to reduce her state duty for filing a lawsuit, citing a difficult financial situation.

A month ago, as reported by Kommersant-Yug, Natalia Tsepovyaz got 100% of her husband's agricultural holding company OOO Slava Kubani, the restaurant company OOO Sozvezdie, as well as land plots of 4.3 hectares. This happened after the Kuschevsky District Court denied Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz of annulling the marriage contract with his former wife.

Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz was sentenced in 2013 to 20 years of imprisonment for involvement in murders, robberies, rapes, theft and other crimes committed by the Tsapkovskie OCG. In 2015, while serving a sentence in a colony in the Amur region, he concluded a marriage contract with his wife. However, in 2017 the relationship between the couple deteriorated. Natalia Tsepovyaz divorced while continuing to help her ex-husband pay for the services of lawyers.

According to Natalia Tsepovyaz, her ex-husband concluded a marriage contract on his own initiative, as he could not manage the business in custody. Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz claims that he signed the contract under the pressure of his wife, who feared that the family business would be penalized for the victims' claims on the actions of the Tsapkovskie. In the court, Tsepovyaz said that his wife intimidated him by stopping to go see him and pay for the treatment if he did not agree to give her all the property. Therefore, according to him, he was in a desperate situation and was forced to put his signature under the document. However, the court found Tsepovyaz's allegations of pressure by the spouse unfounded and refused to annul the contract.

At the end of 2017, the director of the Slava Kubani Natalia Tsepovyaz re-registered 30% of the Slava Kubani to each of her children Oksana and Dmitry, and in February 2018 she asked the court to remove the arrest of the company's assets, which the investigators considered the property of Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz at third parties. The woman claimed that the property of the agricultural holding company did not belong to her husband and was arrested unreasonably, and the amount of assets significantly exceeds the claims of the victims.

Recall that in July 2018, the Oktyabrsky District Court of Krasnodar lifted the arrest from $5.5 million in the accounts of Angela-Maria Tsapok, the girlfriend of the leader of the Tsapkovskie OCG Sergei Tsapok, who died in a jail from a stroke in 2014. A month before that, the same court had returned to Angela-Maria Tsapok a mansion in Rostov-on-Don worth 15.7 million rubles ($230,000) and a 2009 Porsche Panamera. As the court established, this property was acquired by Angela-Maria Tsapok in 2008 and 2010 in person, although earlier the investigation found that in those years the Tsapkovskie OCG had already actively seized local entrepreneurs' assets.

Currently, the Oktyabrsky District Court of Krasnodar continues the proceedings for foreclosure on money in the Angela-Maria Tsapok's account. Relatives of those killed during the tragic events in the. demanded the execution of court decisions on the payment of 253 million rubles ($3.8 mln). In turn, Sergei Tsapok's girlfriend tried to cancel the collection of property worth more than 150 million rubles ($2.2 mln), inherited by the children of the gang’s leader.



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