Supreme Court passes Mikhalchenko’s case from St. Petersburg to Moscow
At the request of the Prosecutor General's Office, the case centering on alcohol smuggling under the guise of a sealant will be considered by the Moscow Basmanny Court.
The Appeals Board of the Supreme Court of Russia granted the complaint of the Prosecutor General's Office on the decision to consider the case of billionaire Dmitry Mikhalchenko targeting alcohol smuggling in the Kingiseppsky court of the Leningrad region and sent the case to the Moscow Basmanny Court to hold a hearing. This is reported by Fontanka.
The Prosecutor General's Office asked to transfer a trial on Mikhalchenko's case to Moscow for fear that he could influence the court's decisions in the Leningrad region. As an example of the billionaire's influence, the department cited information on his possible attempts to prevent a criminal case on smuggling using ties with high-ranking officials of various power structures. In addition, the prosecutor's office feared that Mikhalchenko could use his contacts to influence the verdict. Furthermore, the institution remarked that the second defendant in the case, Boris Korevsky, used to be Deputy Head of the Department for Combating Economic Crimes of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.
The Supreme Court rejected the first complaint of the Prosecutor General's Office. After that, the prosecutor's office made a report in which it recalled the right to a fair trial by an independent and impartial court, which is guaranteed by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The court accepted the arguments. The materials of Mikhalchenko's case will be turned over to the capital.
The case on smuggling alcohol was filed against Mikhalchenko in the spring of 2016. According to the prosecution, the drinks were imported to Russia under the guise of building materials. Thus, it was possible to save at least 18 million rubles ($310.6 thousand) on customs duties. This damage was paid by another person involved in the case: Ilya Pichko, head of Yugo-Vostochnaya kompaniya LLC (Southeast company). At present, there is no damage to the state. In addition to Mikhalchenko, Korevsky and Pichko, the owner of Contrail logistics Severo-Zapad (Northwest) company, Anatoly Kindzersky, was also held accountable, he pleaded guilty and signed an agreement on cooperation with the investigation. He was sentenced to five years' suspended imprisonment and fined 1.6 million rubles ($27.6 thousand).