Billionaire Mikhalchenko gets almost 5 years in prison for smuggling elite alcohol from Europe
The prosecution asked to sentence the businessman to 10 years in a strict-regime colony.
A Petersburg businessman, the Head of Forum group Dmitry Mikhalchenko received 4 years and 7 months in a penal colony in case of smuggling of elite alcohol (part 3 of Art. 200.2 of the Criminal Code), agency Moskva reports.
Two of his accomplices - Boris Korevsky, the Head of the security service of Forum, and Alexey Mishchenko, a sommelier, received 5 years in a penal colony and a suspended sentence of three years in prison, respectively.
The state prosecution asked to give Mikhalchenko 10 years of imprisonment in a strict regime colony. For Boris Korevsky and Alexey Mishchenko, the prosecutor requested nine and seven years in prison.
According to investigators, in 2014, the businessman created an organized criminal group to smuggle alcohol from the UK, France, and Italy. Mishchenko visited these countries on the instructions of Mikhalchenko and acquired exclusive alcohol drinks. Then, on false documents, which stated that there was building sealant in the containers, the alcohol was shipped from the port of Hamburg to the Leningrad region. According to the documents, the contents of the containers cost 55 thousand dollars, however, the FSB officers found in them almost 3 thousand bottles of alcohol, the cost of which the experts estimated at 61 million rubles ($879 thousand).
Mikhalchenko and Korevsky completely deny their guilt, while Mishchenko did only partially.
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