Widow of slain ex-head of Rosneft-Stavropolye accused of raidership

Widow of slain ex-head of Rosneft-Stavropolye accused of raidership

Doing business, Aleksandr Chernukhin often registered his assets in the name of third parties. After his assassination, his wife Tatyana Chernukhina began to return the property and company of the deceased husband – even those with which he had nothing to do.

Stavropol region entrepreneur Roman Suvorov, the founder of Chizberri LLC and a co-owner of a construction business, has appealed to the Investigative Committee, the Prosecutor General's Office, and businessman ombudsman Boris Titov, accusing the wife of slain ex-Director General of Rosneft-Stavropolye, Aleksandr Chernukhin, of illegal seizure. According to him, when doing business, Chernukhin often registered his assets in the name of third parties. After his death, his wife Tatyana Chernukhina began to return the property and company of the deceased husband. At some point, she began to claim she had legal rights over the business, with which Aleksandr Chernukhin had nothing to do.

According to entrepreneur Roman Suvorov, he would repeatedly receive demands for the transfer of business under the threat of criminal proceedings. An obvious refusal would be followed by a series of checks, searches, and interrogations. No violations of the law and Chernukhin’s involvement in Suvorov’s business were ever found. Nevertheless, Tatyana Chernukhina never relinquished her claims and continued to threaten. The businessman had to bring the matter before law enforcement bodies, complaining of her actions.

According to the statement, Chernukhina tried to be admitted to receptions with the heads of law enforcement agencies for complaints about the allegedly illegal actions of law enforcement officers, about which Suvorov had never even heard. Suvorov believes that these are attempts to involve law enforcement bodies into the conflicts between entrepreneurs.

Aleksandr Chernukhin resigned as general director of Rosneft-Stavropolye on December 26, 2011 at his own request. In January 2015, he was killed near his mother’s house with four shots to the chest. His personal driver, Andrey Mazko, and his son turned out to be the hitmen. Chernukhin had registered real estate items, cars, bank accounts with large sums of money and 0.5 kg of gold, which was stored in one of the banks, in their name. In total, Aleksandr Chernukhin registered property worth 61 million rubles ($955,992) in the name of the father and son Mazko. Wanting to take possession of such wealth, the driver decided to kill his boss. In May 2018, Andrey Mazko Sr. was sentenced to 21 years’ rigorous imprisonment, and his son to 17 years.

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