Billionaire Mikhalchenko’s partner on trial
Anatoly Kindzersky, the co-owner of Contrail Logistics Severo-Zapad, has been given the final charges.
The Investigative Committee has completed the investigation of the first criminal case on the supply of elite alcohol as a sealant organized by Dmitry Mikhalchenko, the head of Forum Holding, investigators believe. The final charges have been made under Art. 200.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Smuggling of Alcohol Products committed by an organized group) just against Anatoly Kindzersky (Contrail Logistics Severo-Zapad co-owner) so far. The case will most likely be passed on to the Kingisepp City Court of the Leningrad region, Kommersant reported. We should remind that he had signed a pre-trial cooperation agreement, so the court will consider the case in a special order.
5 tons of foreign elite alcohol were found in containers arrested in Ust-Lug sea merchant port in the spring of 2016. The smuggling party documented as a sealant belonged to billionaire Dmitry Mikhalchenko, the investigation believes. As it turned out later, those were collection wines and cognacs that had initially been estimated at 50 million rubles ($877.000) and later, after each bottle was examined, experts concluded that the worth was 68 million rubles ($1.2m). But this is an approximate cost, since some of the bottles were unique and the kind that is only sold at auctions.
Anatoly Kindzersky (Deputy CEO of Contrail Logistics Severo-Zapad), Ilya Pichko (Director of Yugo-Vostochnaya Torgovaya Kompaniya (Southeast Trade Company), Boris Korevsky (Deputy Director General of Forum Holding) and Dmitry Mikhalchenko (a businessman) were arrested as suspects. The latter had refused to testify initially, but later claimed he was innocent.
Thanks to Kindzersky's testimony, another criminal case was brought against Boris Korevsky under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling on an especially large scale). According to preliminary information, Anatoly Kindzersky handed 40 thousand dollars to the head of Forum security service in Il Lago restaurant. The money was intended to "settle the matter" and release the batch of alcohol seized by customs officers. Boris Korevsky stated that it had not happed at all.
The special services believe that Russian Interior Ministry officials could have cooperated with the press to sell passport applications and border-crossing data of the two men suspected of poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury.