Mikhalchenko exchanges assets for charge mitigation
Sources claim that the court returned the case of the businessman to the prosecutor for a reason - now the investigation, will most likely, requalify the article.
Dmitry Mikhalchenko accused of alcohol smuggling sacrificed his assets in exchange for charge mitigation, The Bell reports with reference to a source in Investigative Committee.
According to the interlocutor of the media, the businessman has already transferred even his most valuable asset - Bronka port. The operator of the port, the Phoenix Company Ltd, in September was on third registered to Mikhalchenko, now the controlling stake through a chain of firms passed to the former partners of the businessman: Major General of the Federal Security Service in resignation Nikolay Negodov and spouse of former director of the Federal Guard Service Evgeny Murov - Lyudmila Murova.
Besides, Negodov and Murova received in property share in restaurants Buddha-Bar Saint Petersburg, IL Lago dei Cigni, 10% of Tse Fung restaurant and clothing store, which Mikhalchenko owned through HK-Forum.
Representatives of the Forum, commenting on transfer of assets, said that it was planned reorganization. However according to the source of the media, on January 17 the Basmanny Court of Moscow made the decision on return of Mikhalchenko’s case to the prosecutor after this. Now, as the interlocutor of The Bell believes, the case will be requalified from part 3 Art. 200.2 of the Criminal Code (Smuggling of Alcoholic Products, made by organized group; prescribes punishment from seven to twelve years of imprisonment), to a part 2 of the same article (Smuggling of Alcoholic Products by a group of persons by previous concert; prescribes punishment from three to seven years of imprisonment).
As The CrimeRussia wrote earlier, Mikhalchenko was detained at the beginning of last spring. According to the investigators, the businessman and several employees of Forum organized smuggling of elite alcohol. During the investigation Mikhalchenko admitted his guilt only partially.
Recently, the FSB officers visited the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Primorsky District of St. Petersburg. The operatives of the Department M came to the police officers accompanied by the investigator and the search warrant. They were looking for evidence on the fact of falsification of a criminal case. However, a similar situation for the Primorsky Regional Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is more likely to be a regular show: the staff of the administration and its superiors have appeared in high-profile criminal cases as defendants far too often.