Proceedings in high-profile raiding case have begun in Moscow
Information about charges against accomplices has appeared in a trial against a businessman Georgiy Pirumov, who had pleaded guilty, and whose case is currently considered by the Koptevo District Court of Moscow, says Kommersant.
Pirumov, who had been previously convicted for document forgery, fraud, and assassination planning, is now a witness in the case of raider seizure of an old mansion on Gogol Boulevard in the center of Moscow.
Investigating authorities accuse Pirumov of attempted fraud on a large scale (Art. 30 and part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code). The accused has fully admitted his guilt, and his case is being considered in a special manner.
This is due to the fact that Pirumov had provided a detailed testimony about other participants of raider attacks. In particular, one of them, namely Dmitry Lysakovsky (call signal Goodwin), a former commander of the air reconnaissance of the Donetsk People's Republic, faces charges of organizing a criminal community.
According to investigation, Mikhail Chernov and Mikhail Balakirev, who had been sentenced to nine and seven years in prison, respectively, by the Dorogomilovsky District Court in September 2013, are responsible for attempting to seize the mansion. Chairman of the 5th Judicial Assembly of the Moscow Arbitration Court Irina Baranova have assisted them in the case. She has persuaded the judge into ruling in favor of Chernov and Balakirev in exchange for a bribe of 100 thousand euros.
Baranova then flew to the United States, where she received a residence permit and had a baby. This year, criminal case was initiated against her.
However, the attempts to seize the building on Gogol Boulevard have continued. Scammers, including the lawyer Dmitry Lysakovsky, had decided to take advantage of the Nizhny Novgorod Court, which had arrested the house, and then it was sold to Lysakovsky’s offshore company for 7.5 million dollars.
After that, he tried to register the ownership of the property with the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography, but was denied. Then, according to investigation, Lysakovsky left for Ukraine, where he became a commander of the air reconnaissance of the Donetsk People's Republic and a DPR’s representative at the International Criminal Court of the UN. Lysakovsky was arrested upon his return.
According to Pirumov, a lawyer from Nizhny Novgorod Evgeny Ryzhov has been his second accomplice. The rest of the defendants, including Mikhail Chernov, Dmitry Lysakovsky, and Pyotr Chikhun have pleaded not guilty and are currently becoming familiar with the case materials. They have written a complaint to Prosecutor General Yury Chaika and President Vladimir Putin in their own defense.
It is possible that the list of charges against Chernov, Ryzhov, Lysakovsky, and Chikhun may soon be extended up to the organization of a criminal community.
In Nizhny Novgorod alone there is over 30 criminal cases related to corporate raids of real estate and document fraud being investigated.
The businessman stated that he had given the money to the Head of the Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Internal Security of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) for "advancing the case" on the watch stolen from him by ICR officers.