Dmitry Mikhalchenko to be charged with organization of crime community
However, according to sources, the new charge is not part of the case of elite alcohol smuggling, but the case of embezzlement during the construction of the presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo. The billionaire is charged with Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code based on the testimony of defendants in the case.
It is planned to charge the St. Petersburg billionaire and Head of the Forum Holding Company Dmitry Mikhalchenko with Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code (Organization of a criminal community). The investigators did find grounds for filing new charges, Rosbalt reports citing a source familiar with the situation.
Interestingly, Mikhalchenko is charged with the Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code not as part of the case of elite alcohol smuggling, but as part of the case of multi-million embezzlement in the construction of the presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo.
"The investigation believes that the offense was committed by an organized crime group. However, the entire accusatory theory is built in such a way that the organizer of the group was Dmitry Mikhalchenko," the publication’s interlocutor said.
Let us recall that Head of the Ateks FSUE under the Federal Guard Service (FSO) Andrey Kaminov, who used to work in companies that are part of the Forum Holding Company, had also been previously accused of creation of a crime community and swindling. Kaminov, Director General of Stroyfasad Construction Company Stanislav Kyuner, businessmen Dmitry Torchinsky, Sergey Litvinov, Aleksandr Rodionov, and Sergey Perevalov are accused of embezzling at least 225 million rubles ($3.7 million) allocated from the budget for the construction of the Reception House of the Russian president's residence. According to the investigation, in the period from 2013 to 2015, the contracting companies appropriated part of the allocated budget funds. The sources claimed that the case of Ateks hinges on the testimony of Dmitry Mikhalchenko himself. Kaminov, in turn, denies his guilt and testifies against Mikhalchenko. What he says is that he did not make any actual decisions in his post, and the contracts and their amounts were directly determined by the former management of the Federal Guard Service and Baltstroy, a company controlled by the St. Petersburg billionaire.
"Absolutely nothing was up to Kaminov. Ateks FSUE was a stillborn structure. Its leadership was informed who, what and for how much something would be built. Then, the funds from the FSO were received, with recommendations as for the recipient and the amount of payment for work. Every penny of these funds were transferred to a specified destination. Kaminov had no idea how they were distributed," Rosbalt's anonymous source believes.
Other main defendants in the case have testified against head of the Forum Holding Company.
"In all testimonies, Mikhalchenko appears as a possible organizer of the embezzlements," the agency's interviewee notes.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, the embezzlements in the construction of the Novo-Ogaryovo residence were revealed during the investigation of a smuggling case. Earlier, the ICR had accused Dmitry Mikhalchenko and Head of the Forum Holding Company's security service Boris Korevsky of elite alcohol smuggling (Art. 200.2 of the Russian Criminal Code). According to the investigation, beginning in 2015, the defendants of the case, co-owner of Contrail Logistic Severo-Zapad Anatoly Kindzersky, and Director General of Yugo-Vostochnaya Torgovaya Kompaniya Ilya Pichko had been illegally smuggling elite alcohol, the cost of one bottle of which reached 50 thousand rubles ($828).
On September 21, kingpin Vladimir Vagin, aka Vagon, hanged himself. Two years earlier another thief in law Max Pioner also committed suicide. Vagon's lawyer does not believe in the version of suicide and intends to apply for a forensic medical examination.