Raiders of Gogolevsky Boulevard mansion awaiting trial
Judge Irina Baranova continues to abscond.
The Moscow Prosecutor's Office approved the indictment and filed the case against businessmen Dmitry Lysakovsky and Piotr Chihun accused of an attempted raider attack, wrote Kommersant. To get away with the crime, they went to the Donbass, and then introduced themselves at the UN International Criminal Court as DPR’s envoys. The case file consists of 103 volumes.
The businessmen have been charged with Attempted Swindling on an especially large scale (Art. 30, part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). According to investigators, a few years ago, the gang involving Lysakovsky and Chihun tried to misappropriate a part of an old mansion on Gogolevsky Boulevard. They created a range of false documents with wrong dates and then bribed Irina Baranova, the Moscow Arbitration Court’s presiding judge of the 5th judicial assembly. Having received €100.000, Baranova pressured another judge, her subordinate, to pass a verdict in favor of the raiders, Mikhail Balakirev and Mikhail Chernov. However, when the details of the scheme were revealed, Chernov and Balakirev were detained while Baranova managed to escape to the United States. She was charged in absentia and each impostor got seven years in prison.
However, even behind bars Chernov continued to lead the mansion takeover. His accomplices on the outside managed to get arrest warrants of the building and then sold their part to an offshore company for 7.5 million rubles. They got legal help from Dmitry Lysakovsky, Piotr Chihun, Evgeny Ryzhov and businessman with a number of convictions Georgy Pirumov. Yet, they still did not manage to get the building. Fearing persecution, Lysakovsky and Chihun fled to the Donbass, where, as they said, they took part in hostilities. Lysakovsky got a nom-de-guerre – ‘Goodwin’ and represented the DPR at the UN International Criminal Court.
Upon his return to Russia, Lysakovsky was arrested and then the rest of the criminals followed suit (except for Ryzhov who escaped abroad). Of all the defendants only Pirumov pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate which reduced his prison sentence to a year and eight months. Given that he had already served a part of the term, soon he will be entitled to parole.
Marina Semynina, who had been renting out non-residential premises with an area of 2.5 thousand sq. m to the trading network, is a co-defendant in the suit of the Prosecutor General's Office on the seizure of Colonel Zakharchenko's family assets in favor of the state.
In a week the police of the Penza region have lost two first executives. The Head of the regional Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) announced his forthcoming resignation. In this regard, the region began talking about the global cleansing of the bigwigs of security agencies. Now everyone is waiting to learn who is next in the queue for quitting, and what new corruption rows pertaining to security chiefs are to come to light in the short run in a relatively serene region.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had seen plenty of scandals throughout its history. In the end of 2017, it ceased financing of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on suspicion of misuse of funds by its management. However, the IOC couldn’t even think that international drug trafficker Gafur Rakhimov, member of the criminal ‘Brothers’ Circle’ put on the OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, is going to take charge of it soon. Furthermore, Rakhimov has contributed greatly to the selection of Sochi the place of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Kochkin is detained in the headquarters building and brought to the police department, where policemen drew up a protocol under Violating the Established Procedure for Arranging or Conducting a Meeting, Rally, Demonstration, Procession or Picket (part 8 of Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). According to the activist, in the near future he will go on trial.