Kumarin will not be raider
Investigators could not call Vladimir Kumarin a raider. Limitation periods on cases of swindling with real estate have expired.
Lawyers of the night Governor of St. Petersburg Vladimir Barsukov (Kumarin) filed a petition to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation to terminate prosecution of their client over 11 episodes of fraud with real estate in St. Petersburg. Period of limitation of the raider crimes committed in 2005 and 2006, and estimated at $130 million, expired, Fontanka reports.
In September, 2007 Kumarin was named a main raider of the Northern Capital, he was accused of fraudulent captures of 13 real estate objects of St. Petersburg. In 2009 the investigation took to court only two episodes of the case on raider captures. For raiding of Smolny shop and St. Petersburg Ugolok restaurant Barsukov was sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment. Later, the Supreme Court reduced the term to 11,5 years.
During the remaining years, the investigation slowly investigated other episodes of raider case. Let's note that during this time Kumarin received 23 years of prison for racketing and assassination attempt against owner of St. Petersburg oil terminal Sergey Vasilyev.
By September, 2016 the investigation, considered seizure of the following 11 firms and their lands and rooms proved: Chay-Cofe, LLC Interier, LLC Nevsky 24, supermarket Pulkovsky, Petersburg oil terminal, CJSC Confectionery n.a. Krupskaya, LLC Usluga, St. Petersburg hotel, LLC Kanat, CJSC Igristiye vina, LLC Lada-Service. The investigation estimated all these real estate transactions at $130 million. Seizures, according to the Investigative Committee, were carried out according to the following scheme. Criminals created fake constituent documents of the company, seizure of which was planned. There, persons, who agreed for small remuneration to participate in this crime, were specified as the nominal leaders of the enterprise. Then documents were filed to interdistrict tax authorities of UFNS of St. Petersburg No. 15 for registration – there the assumed raiders had several tax specialists, who helped them (they are already condemned by the St. Petersburg City Court). Then the changes specified in forgery documents were made to the Unified State Register of Legal Entities. And after that the entity, having passed a number of dummy transactions of purchase and sale, was on sale to the real buyer.
Besides Barsukov, there are other defendants - Vyacheslav Drokov (was looking for objects), Pavel Tsyganok (provided legal assistance), and wanted Akaki Doroselia (working with tax inspections). The fifth defendant — ex-deputy of regional Legislative Assembly Andrey Rybkin during the investigation died in prison hospital of Gaaz.
On February 13, 2016 the investigation officially notified lawyer Sergey Afanasyev representing Vladimir Barsukov's interests about an end of the investigation. Mister Barsukov himself does not admit his guilt in the acts incriminated to him. However, all the elaborated versions and evidences of the investigation can sink into oblivion as prescriptive limit on the case of a Swindling (Art.159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) expired.
Sergey Afanasyev is sure that if the Investigative Committee does not close the raider cases, the court certainly will.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).