Judge who was protecting raiders charged with swindling
Investigation intends to announce Irina Baranova internationally wanted via Interpol.
The Investigative Committee has accused Judge of the Arbitration Court of Moscow Irina Baranova in absentia of an attempt to bribe and cheat a colleague. Baranova, a defendant in the case of protection racket of raiders, had managed to escape from the investigation to the United States.
As Kommersant has learnt, the other day the ICR Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow announced to Baranova’s lawyers about 45-year-old judge being formally charged in absentia of Incitement to Bribery (part 4 of Art. 33 and Art. 291 of the Russian Criminal Code) and Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code). According to investigation, the judge had assisted former owners of a building located at 3 Gogolevsky Boulevard, namely, businessmen Mikhail Chernov and Mikhail Balakirev, in achieving a court decision on returning the house to them. The woman had compassed Chernov to giving a bribe to Judge Yuliya Bespalova, who had been considering the case. Baranova had requested 100 thousand euros and 4 thousand dollars for her help. The suspect has been charged with swindling, since she never gave the money to her colleague Bespalova.
In the near future, the investigators intend to appeal to the Higher Judges' Qualifications Board with a request for Baranova’s arrest in absentia. After the consent of the Judges' Board, the suspect will be declared internationally wanted via Interpol.
Meanwhile, according to sources, during the prosecution, one of the lawyers allegedly assured the investigators that Baranova, whose foreign passport and visa had expired, that she might herself return to Russia from the United States at the beginning of the following year. The judge had disappeared in America before the criminal case against her was initiated. She had fled abroad on a tourist visa. It is known that she has had a baby in the United States.
It should be noted that the defendants in the case of raider seizure of an old mansion on Gogolevsky Boulevard Mikhail Chernov and Mikhail Balakirev were sentenced to seven-year prison terms back in September 2013. Despite the criminal prosecution of the swindling participants, their attempts to gain control of the mansion have continued. Chernov has been directing the raider seizure from prison. Lawyer and self-proclaimed commander of the Air Intelligence Army of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Dmitry Lysakovsky and lawyer from Nizhny Novgorod Evgeny Ryzhov (currently hiding in the United States) have taken up the raider activities. Another DPR representative Petr Chikhun and Georgy Pirumov, who had been repeatedly tried, including for an attempted contract killing of his business partner, have also been taken in custody. Pirumov had provided his company Delimar Corporation Ltd to his accomplices for processing the transaction regarding the mansion. Initially, the man denied his guilt, but then he started cooperating with the investigation, providing details of the swindling schemes and its participants.
Clouds are gathering over the ICR general. His former subordinate Aleksey Kramarenko, arrested in late 2017 in the case of a bribe to high-ranking ICR officers from thief in law Zakhary Kalashov, has revealed the involvement of his former immediate superior in the corruption episode.