среда, 21 сентября 2011 г.

Shantsev of Nizhny is hiding Chaika’s son, involved in crime

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Russia's Prosecutor General Yury Chaika is hiding his son Artem, who is involved in the major illegal gambling case, in Nizhny Novgorod. The investigation into a chain of underground casinos in the Moscow Region is led by the FSB and state Investigative Committee. The investigators believe state prosecutors provided protection to the gambling spots. For the period of investigation, the Prosecutor General asked his close friend governor Valery Shantsev of Nizhny Novgorod to take care of Artem until the whole thing is over.


When the news reached Yury Chaika, that witnesses had given incriminating evidence against his son Artem, his first step was to send Artem abroad, a source told Rumafia. His son's escape was very timely. The Moscow Region branch of the Investigative Committee summoned Artem for questioning, the summons signed by Irina Guminyuk. When Dmitry Medvedev invited both Yury Chaika and Aleksandr Bastrykin, head of the Investigative Committee, to the Kremlin for reconciliation, the prosecutors recalled the summons. Medvedev called for Bastrykin to stop making public the details of the illegal gambling case and not touch on members of the families of the high-profile officials. His wish was only half-fulfilled. The media still pays attention to the major case, but investigators stopped mentioning Artem Chaika in their public comments.


It was not appropriate for the Prosecutor General to hide his son abroad, taking in consideration that the FSB was fully aware of the situation. Chaika brought Artem back to Russia. However to keep Artem in Moscow, at the very centre of scandal, was too dangerous. According to the source of Rumafia, Yury Chaika had a private conversation with his old friend Valery Shantsev, former vice mayor of Moscow and head of the Nizhny Novgorod region.


The Prosecutor General complained to the governor about Artem's problems. Artem was being got at, Chaika said, and it was not safe for him to stay in Moscow. Yury Chaika decided to send his son to Nizhny Novgorod, a calm city on the Volga, where Artem Chaika had some business interests. Artem had to wait until the gambling scandal was over. Chaika asked Shantsev to take care of his offspring, and safeguard him from the police agents and investigators. Shantsev helped his old friend out and promised his son would feel secure and expand his business in Nizgny Novgorod.


Artem Chaika has always been a pain in the neck, giving his father hard time throughout his career. The first scandal surrounding the young man hit the Moscow region in March 1999, when a Kalinichenko and Kashirin, representatives of the company called Formpost, reported to the police that racketeers attempted to extort $60,000. Two suspects were detained - Syzyr Chumakov and Ibragim Yevloyev, both natives of Ingushetiya. On them the police found 0.002 grammes of heroin, a revolver, and a RGD-5 hand grenade with a primer. What surprised the investigators was the culprits' car. The car had registration plate 0-682-00 99, this serial number designating a high-profile official. On the windscreen of the car there was a driving pass, signed by the road police, which substituted a driving licence and saved the bearer of it, if pulled over by the police, from examination of the car. The document number 018027 was issued on 18 January 1999. The culprits also had a permit to enter state dacha called Sosny and a permit to use parking area near the building of the State Duma.


When the investigators found out who was the owner of the car they were even more surprised. The car belonged to Artem Yurievich Chaika, son of then deputy Prosecutor General Yury Chaika. Ibragim Yevloyev told the police that Artem was his friend and allowed him to take his car. Yevloyev produced a document, proving he was driving the car by warrant. Artem Chaika worked as an ordinary lawyer for Chaadayev and Partners law firm. It took time and effort for Yury Chaika to hush up the scandal.


When Yury Chaika was a justice minister, his son surprised him once more. He got involved in the corporate raiding, together with member of the parliament Bashir Kodzoyev, who represents Ingushetiya. They were reported to take over Upper Lena Steamboat Lines. When Yury Chaika was promoted to the Prosecutor General, his son took over another enterprise - Tyretsky Salt Deposit JSC, fourth largest manufacturer of salt in Russia.


Artem Chaika is linked to the Moscow prosecutors, accused of providing protection to the chain of illegal casinos, according to the statement of a witness. It was not dirty money that attracted Artem. He used prosecutors to take control of the most profitable municipal enterprises. Prosecutors opened criminal investigations into the heads of these enterprises, and then filled the vacant places with Chaika's people. The witness gave evidence about the situation surrounding municipal enterprise called Serpukhov Natural Resources. The document is signed by a Nikolayev, although his real name is Stanislav Buyanovsky. Buyanovsky was a deputy chief prosecutor of the Moscow region.


Below is his statement. In Russian legal system the document is literally called "interrogation protocol". It summarizes the evidence the witness gave during the pre-trail questioning. This evidence is used in court.



Witness Statement



I had been informed that in the process of interrogation the interrogator used the following technical devices: HP printer and HP laptop.


Prior to the interrogation I was informed about my rights and responsibilities as a witness, specified by Article 56.4 of the RF Criminal Code:


1)Right not to give evidence against myself, my spouse and members of my close family, specified by Article 5.4 of the RF Criminal Code. I was informed that anything I said might be used as evidence in the criminal case, even if later I disclaim my testimony.


2)Right to give evidence in my mother tongue;


3)Right to request the services of interpreter for free;


4)Right to change the interpreter in the process of interrogation;


5)Right to file motions and complaints about actions and decisions of interrogator, investigator, prosecutor and judges;


6)Right to be interrogated in the presence of my lawyer in accordance with Article 189.5 of the RF Criminal Code;


7)Right to file motion to protect me as a witness in accordance with Article 11.3 of the RF Criminal Code.


I am fully aware of the criminal liability, specified by Articles 208 and 307 of the RF Criminal Code, for refusal to give evidence or giving false evidence.


Witness __________________ ________________________


(Signature) (Full Name)



I can say the following about the essence of the criminal case.


I confirm that the statements I made during the interrogation on 4 March 2011 are fully correct. I feel well and I am ready to give evidence. Since the previous interrogation I have not been subjected to any physical or psychological pressure. I confirm that my evidence is voluntary and I testify without compulsion.


Firstly I want to carry on speaking about the events of 2009, which pertains to Shestun, the head of Serpukhov municipal district in Moscow Region.


In 2009 Serpukhov city prosecutors opened a probe into the director of municipal enterprise called Energoservis and the head of municipal district on charges of premeditated bankruptcy of Energoservis.


I learned about this probe from Urumov in August 2009. Two weeks later I received information that the investigation had been continued by the investigative directorate of the investigative committee of Moscow Region Chief Prosecutor’s office. The investigators opened an inquiry under Articles 144-145 of the RF Criminal Code. Urumov and Ignatenko told me that the main goal of the probes into A.V. Shestun and the director of Energoservis was to force Serpukhov municipal council to appoint an Urumov and Ignatenko's front man as head of a municipal enterprise called Serpukhov Mineral Resources. I asked Urumov and Ignatenko why they wanted to have their own man on the post of director. They told me that the construction of a new Moscow ring road was due to begin in Moscow Region. There would be a growing demand for sand and crushed stone, which Serpukhov Mineral Resources produced. Ignatenko and Urumov were linked to Katsyv, transport minister of Moscow Region. Through him they planned to get contracts for supplying the building works with sand and crushed stone. As far as I know, Ignatenko himself ordered O.A. Bazylyan, prosecutor of Serpukhov, <…> [to open] probes into the director of Energoservis and head of the municipal district A.V. Shestunov. I know that Buyansky, deputy prosecutor of Moscow Region, was responsible for supervising the probe, carried out by the investigative directorate of the investigative committee of Moscow Region Chief Prosecutor’s office. Buyansky demanded that the investigative committee should open a criminal case against head of the municipal district A.V. Shestun and the director of Energoservis. Buyansky himself approached head of the investigative directorate A.G. Markov, inducing him to initiate criminal proceedings on the grounds that actions of the director of Energoservis and head of the municipal district A.V. Shestun were criminal. Pushing Markov to open the criminal proceedings, Buyansky followed the orders of Ignatenko. I heard Urumov and Ignatenko talk about getting additional 2 million US dollars from Shestun. It happened late in August 2009, during a corporate event in the restaurant called Uzbekistan, near Moscow Region Chief Prosecutor’s Office. As far as I remember, we were invited to meet Buyansky, the newly appointed deputy chief prosecutor of Moscow Region. Urumov and Ignatenko agreed on the idea to extort 2 million US dollars. Ignatenko asked Urumov to order Nazarov to continue talks with Shestun. They promised to stop probes and investigations against Shestun, both by Serpukhov city prosecutors and the investigative committee of Moscow Region chief prosecutor, if he paid the aforesaid amount of money. I heard that the so-called confidant of theirs whom they planned to promote to the post of Serpukhov Mineral Resources director was Andrei Chaika's man. I understood from the conversation between Urumov and Ignatenko that the idea to extort 2 million US dollars had not come at once. Their key goal was to have their own man in Serpukhov Natural Resources municipal enterprise, whereas the idea to extort 2 million US dollars appeared while they discussed ways to promote their candidate. It was Urumov's idea, but Ignatenko fully supported it. Through Urumov Ignatenko controlled Nazarov when he extorted Shestun.


Interrogator: Besides Urumov and Ignatenko, who else was present at the event?


As far as I remember, besides people whom I have already mentioned, the following people were present: Buyansky, newly appointed deputy chief prosecutor of Moscow Region; prosecutors Ye.I. Puzanov, R.I. Nishchemenko, R.A. Rezumenko, O.A. Bazylyan, V.P. Glebov, E.Yu. Kalun, M.V. Popkov, and P.S. Sedoikin. I do not remember other people who could have heard that conversation.


Interrogator: How did the situation surrounding Shestun develop?


I talked with Nazarov about Shestun. He told me that he came to Shestun and extorted 2 million US dollars at the instance of Urumov and Ignatenko. Shestun was surprised because he had thought that Urumov and Ignatenko wanted him to appoint their confidant to the post of the director of Serpukhov Natural Resources, which alone could bring them considerable profit. Nazarov told me that Urumov and he held talks with Shestun in sauna. Nazarov made fun of Shestun, telling him that they were afraid that Shestun would record their conversation and proposed to talk about the bribe when they took a steam bath. Urumov and Nazarov discussed with Shestun the details of bribe in restaurants.


Later on I heard on the news, that Abrosimov, deputy head of the main directorate of the Prosecutor General's Office for Southern Federal District, was arrested for accepting 5 million roubles as a bribe from Shestun.


They did not manage to get their money from Shestun. Abrosimov's case frightened them, because Urumov and Ignatenko understood that Shestun could report to the police about the extortion and situation surrounding Serpukhov Natural Resources. Indeed Shestun reported abovementioned situation to the Investigative Committee for the Central Federal District. I also learned that a few days after Abrosimov's arrest the agents of economic security department of the interior ministry detained Elena Bazanova, deputy to Shestunov, for accepting a bribe. As far as I know, regional prosecutors did their best to take her into custody. Ignatenko and Urumov used Bazanova's case to intimidate Shestun after he reported the attempted extortion.


After Shestunov reported to the police, they opened an inquiry into Urumov and Nazarov. Urumov and Nazarov asked Ignetenko and Buyansky to advise them on how to escape legal prosecution and mislead the police. Nazarov and Buyansky found understanding in the Prosecutor General’s office. I do not know the person who helped them. But it turned out that prosecutors did not open criminal proceedings against Urumov, because he had special status, whereas Nazarov could not escape prosecution, because his actions were criminal. Nazarov was advised to go abroad. Prosecutor General’s office insiders consulted him on how to mislead the police. When Nazarov was abroad, Ignatenko, Buyanov and Urumov actively consulted him through Skype application. He knew about the inquiry into his affairs from Sudakov (Nikulin). Sudakov was former officer of Federal Customs Service, Federal Drug Control Service and Moscow region police. Sudakov introduced himself as a top aide to the chief of Moscow region police, N.V. Golovkin. Officers of Moscow region police, including heads of all police units, obeyed his orders. Although he was not a police officer, he held meetings with other officers both in their offices and in his own office that was next door to that of the chief of Moscow region police. Sudakov (Nikulin)’s group used his connections in the police of the region and in other security forces in order to gather information and to intercept talks of Nazarov’s competitors and competitors of this group. When Nazarov left Russia, I.S. Volkov was in charge of his business, including illegal gambling.


I have heard on the news, that prosecutors dropped the inquiry into Nazarov and Urumov, because of the lack of crime. They found out that Shestun’s statements were ungrounded. I know that Ignatenko and Urumov lobbied the Prosecutor General’s office and obtained the circumstances they wished for, so that the case was dropped.


Interrogator: Do you know the associates of Urumov and Ignatenko in the Economic Security Department of the interior ministry?


Sudakov’s group and Nazarov worked with Dmitry Sevastyanov, who headed a unit in the Economic Security Dep. Their intermediaries were Ignatenko and Urumov. Urumov was in touch with Sevastyanov. Ignatenko detailed the issues Urumov had to discuss with Sevastyanov.


Through his connections in the Moscow Region police Sudakov (Nikulin) organised supervision over businessman P. Zaitsev. Besides watching him, the police officers bugged his telephone. Sudakov conspired with Ignatenko and Urumov. These two asked him to watch Zaitsev. After Zaitsev met Nazarov in McDonald’s in Yaroslavskoye Highway, the police officers carried out supervision over him in the field. Ignatenko, Urumov and Nazarov suspected Zaitsev of reporting their illegal gambling business to the police. They were afraid that Zaitsev could tell about the protection they gave to illegal casinos.


Besides Sevastyanov, I can name F.A. Temirgaliyev and M.A.-Ogly Abbasov, who changed his name to Mikhail Aleksandrovich Kulakov, both officers of cyber technology unit of the interior ministry. I saw them at the birthday party of Urumov’s daughter in Uzbekistan restaurant, situated near the building of the Moscow Region Chief Prosecutor’s Office. Temirgaliev and Abbasov followed Urumov’s orders and opened investigations into the affairs of Nazarov’s competitors. Urumov, then, used the evidence, gathered by the investigators, to open criminal cases against businessmen. He extorted money from the business owners or took away their business. Temirgaliyev and Abbasov provided illegal gambling spots with protection. These spots were investigated by the investigative department of the UVD no.6 for Moscow. Temirgaliev and Abbasov’s connections were head of the department Korolev-Slivinsky, officers of the investigative department of the UVD no.2 for the Moscow Region and deputy head of the main investigative department of the UVD for the Moscow Region Gorodkov. I do not know how much they got from the businessmen.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about the situation surrounding the land plot that was allocated to a non-commercial partnership called Silans.


I have already spoken about that. If I am not mistaken, A.M. Ignatenko was a prosecutor of Krasnogorsk city in the Moscow Region in 2007. He asked the economic crime prevention unit of the UVD for Krasnogorsk district of the Moscow Region to open investigation into the affairs of the municipal authorities. This investigation was real pain in the neck of Rasskazov and Karaulov, members of the municipal council. Ignatenko wanted to gather evidence against them, so that he could blackmail them. Ignatenko wanted to have land plots in the Krasnogorsk district for himself and his people. Indeed, soon head of Krasnogorsk municipal council Rasskazov and his deputy Karaulov approached Ignatenko, asking him to stop the investigation. Ignatenko was ready to help, but he laid the following condition before Rasskalov and Karaulov: they had to grant non-commercial partnership called Silans the right to rent 24 thousand square metres of land at the knockdown price. A.N. Ignatenko was the founder of this so-called partnership. Rasskalov and Karaulov fulfilled Ignatenko’s demands. After Silans got the land plot they aked for, Ignatenko began to build cottages. In February 2009 Ignatenko was appointed first deputy chief prosecutor of the Moscow Region. His protégé Puzanov took the office of Krasnogorsk prosecutor. Puzanov was Ignatenko’s deputy and he assisted his superior when he extorted the bribe in the form of the land plot. Later on <…> After Ignatenko’s promotion, Puzanov distributed the land for Ignatenko’s people. Doing that, Puzanov followed Ignatenko’s orders. I.V. Nazarov paid for the building works with his own money. Cottages in this village belong to A.M. Mokhov, A.N. Ignatenko, Popkov, Puzanov, deputy chairman of the Court of the Moscow Region Gavrichkov, head of the recruitment department of the Prosecutor General’s Office Makarov. Ignatenko sold a piece of land to the third party. Who are these people I do not know. Silans just rents the land. I do not know the mechanism how Ignatenko sold it. 100 square metres cost 30,000 US dollars.


A.N. Ignatenko distributed land among the prosecutors, his protégés and those involved in hushing up the illegal gambling chain of I.V. Nazarenko.


I do not know whether Ignatenko had the permission to execute building works. When the cottages were completed and registered, Ignatenko and other owners of the cottages planned to get the land into their ownership. Urumov told me, that Ignatenko had discussed the details of this with Rasskazov. He threatened Rasskazov, saying if he did not cooperate with Ignatenko or raised difficulties, Ignatenko would open an investigation into Rasskazov’s affairs.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about the gambling club, located at the address: 14, Moskovskaya Street, Khimki, Moscow region.


I know that the owner of the gaming club is I.V. Nazarov and that until February 2011 the club was engaged in illegal gambling. The club was controlled personally by Urumov, as there had always been a problem with the prosecutor. Ignatenko could not find anyone appropriate for the position of Khimky city prosecutor, that is a person who would know about illegal activities of the club and be involved in them. Thus, it was Urumov who controlled gambling in the city. When authorities intended to carry out an inspection of the premises or at the time of such an inspection club staff got in touch with Volkov, and he in his turn informed Urumov about the inspection. After that Urumov instructed officers of the corresponding prosecutor’s office department that oversaw gambling and authorities regulating it as to the favourable inspection results concerning the controlled gaming facilities. If for some reason slot machines were confiscated by the authorities, Urumov ordered to give the equipment over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody. When all necessary documents for safe custody were signed, slot machines were reinstalled and were again used for gaming. Furthermore, Urumov prompted inspections in gambling clubs of I.V. Nazarov’s competitors. The inspections resulted in confiscation of slot machines, or the clubs being closed down and slot machines being handed over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody, which in reality he used fro gaining proceeds from gaming.


As a toll for above-mentioned protection I.V. Nazarov monthly paid Urumov 30,000 US dollars.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about the gambling club, located at the address: 66, Tretiego Internatsionala Street,Noginsk.


I know that the owner of the gaming club is I.V. Nazarov and that until February 2011 the club was engaged in illegal gambling. The club was controlled personally by V. P. Glebov, Noginsk city prosecutor. When authorities intended to carry out an inspection of the premises or at the time of such an inspection club staff got in touch with Volkov, and he in his turn informed Nazarov about the inspection. Then Nazarov through Volkov contacted Glebov, whom he informed about the problem. After that during general meetings Glebov instructed officers of relevant authorities as to the favourable inspection results concerning the controlled gaming facilities. If for some reason slot machines were confiscated by the authorities, Glebov ordered to give the equipment over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody. When all necessary documents for safe custody were signed, slot machines were reinstalled and were again used for gaming. Furthermore, Glebov prompted inspections in gambling clubs of I.V. Nazarov’s competitors. The inspections resulted in confiscation of slot machines, or the clubs being closed down and slot machines being handed over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody, which in reality he used fro gaining proceeds from gaming.


As a toll for above-mentioned protection I.V. Nazarov monthly paid Glebov 30,000 US dollars.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about the gambling club, located at the address: 19, Vokzalnaya Ploshchad Street, Orekhovo-Zuevo.


I know that the owner of the gaming club is I.V. Nazarov and that until February 2011 the club was engaged in illegal gambling. The club was controlled personally by Urumov, as Pantyashin, the former prosecutor of the district, was not on the team and was fired, as I presume, due to the fact that he would not cooperate regarding providing protection for the gaming industry. When authorities intended to carry out an inspection of the premises or at the time of such an inspection club staff got in touch with Volkov, and he in his turn informed Nazarov about the inspection. Then Nazarov or Volkov contacted Urumov, whom they informed about the problem. After that Urumov instructed officers of the corresponding prosecutor’s office department that oversaw gambling and authorities regulating it as to the favourable inspection results concerning the controlled gaming facilities. If for some reason slot machines were confiscated by the authorities, Urumov ordered to give the equipment over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody. When all necessary documents for safe custody were signed, slot machines were reinstalled and were again used for gaming. Furthermore, Urumov prompted inspections in gambling clubs of I.V. Nazarov’s competitors. The inspections resulted in confiscation of slot machines, or the clubs being closed down and slot machines being handed over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody, which in reality he used fro gaining proceeds from gaming.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about the gambling club, located at the address: 1, Snezhsky Prospects, Solnechnogorsk.


I know that the owner of the gaming club is I.V. Nazarov and that until February 2011 the club was engaged in illegal gambling. The club was controlled personally by Urumov. When authorities intended to carry out an inspection of the premises or at the time of such an inspection club staff got in touch with Volkov, and he in his turn informed Nazarov about the inspection. Then Nazarov or Volkov contacted Urumov, whom they informed about the problem. After that Urumov instructed officers of the corresponding prosecutor’s office department that oversaw gambling and authorities regulating it as to the favourable inspection results concerning the controlled gaming facilities. If for some reason slot machines were confiscated by the authorities, Urumov ordered to give the equipment over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody. When all necessary documents for safe custody were signed, slot machines were reinstalled and were again used for gaming. Furthermore, Urumov prompted inspections in gambling clubs of I.V. Nazarov’s competitors. The inspections resulted in confiscation of slot machines, or the clubs being closed down and slot machines being handed over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody, which in reality he used fro gaining proceeds from gaming.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about the gambling club, located at the address: 13, Mozhaiskaya Street, Odintsovo.


I know that the owner of the gaming club is I.V. Nazarov and that until February 2011 the club was engaged in illegal gambling. The club was controlled personally by R.I. Nishchemenko, Odintsovo city prosecutor. When authorities intended to carry out an inspection of the premises or at the time of such an inspection club staff got in touch with Volkov, and he in his turn informed Nazarov about the inspection. Then Nazarov contacted R.I. Nishchemenko, whom he informed about the problem. After that during general meetings R.I. Nishchemenko instructed officers of relevant authorities as to the favourable inspection results concerning the controlled gaming facilities. If for some reason slot machines were confiscated by the authorities, R.I. Nishchemenko ordered to give the equipment over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody. When all necessary documents for safe custody were signed, slot machines were reinstalled and were again used for gaming. Furthermore, R.I. Nishchemenko prompted inspections in gambling clubs of I.V. Nazarov’s competitors. The inspections resulted in confiscation of slot machines, or the clubs being closed down and slot machines being handed over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody, which in reality he used fro gaining proceeds from gaming.


As a toll for above-mentioned protection I.V. Nazarov monthly paid R.I. Nishchemenko 30,000 US dollars.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about the gambling club, located at the address:1, Sovetsky Pereulok, Ozery.


I know that the owner of the gaming club is I.V. Nazarov and that until February 2011 the club was engaged in illegal gambling. The club was controlled personally by Drok, Ozery city prosecutor. When authorities intended to carry out an inspection of the premises or at the time of such an inspection club staff got in touch with Volkov, and he in his turn informed Nazarov about the inspection. Then Nazarov contacted Drok, whom he informed about the problem. After that during general meetings Drok instructed officers of relevant authorities as to the favourable inspection results concerning the controlled gaming facilities. If for some reason slot machines were confiscated by the authorities, Drok ordered to give the equipment over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody. When all necessary documents for safe custody were signed, slot machines were reinstalled and were again used for gaming. Furthermore, Drok prompted inspections in gambling clubs of I.V. Nazarov’s competitors. The inspections resulted in confiscation of slot machines, or the clubs being closed down and slot machines being handed over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody, which in reality he used fro gaining proceeds from gaming.


As a toll for above-mentioned protection I.V. Nazarov monthly paid Drok 30,000 US dollars.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about the gambling club, located at the address: 43, Pervaya Zheleznodorozhnaya Street, Mozhaisk.


I know that the owner of the gaming club is I.V. Nazarov and that until February 2011 the club was engaged in illegal gambling. The club was controlled personally by Urumov. When authorities intended to carry out an inspection of the premises or at the time of such an inspection club staff got in touch with Volkov, and he in his turn informed Nazarov about the inspection. Then Nazarov or Volkov contacted Urumov, whom they informed about the problem. After that Urumov instructed officers of the corresponding prosecutor’s office department that oversaw gambling and authorities regulating it as to the favourable inspection results concerning the controlled gaming facilities. If for some reason slot machines were confiscated by the authorities, Urumov ordered to give the equipment over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody. When all necessary documents for safe custody were signed, slot machines were reinstalled and were again used for gaming. Furthermore, Urumov prompted inspections in gambling clubs of I.V. Nazarov’s competitors. The inspections resulted in confiscation of slot machines, or the clubs being closed down and slot machines being handed over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody, which in reality he used fro gaining proceeds from gaming.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about the gambling club, located at the address: 18-a, Sovetskaya Ploshchad, Klin.


I know that the owner of the gaming club is I.V. Nazarov and that until February 2011 the club was engaged in illegal gambling. The club was controlled personally by V.I. Kalpun, Klin city prosecutor. When authorities intended to carry out an inspection of the premises or at the time of such an inspection club staff got in touch with Volkov, and he in his turn informed Nazarov about the inspection. Then Nazarov contacted V.I. Kalpun, whom he informed about the problem. After that during general meetings V.I. Kalpun instructed officers of relevant authorities as to the favourable inspection results concerning the controlled gaming facilities. If for some reason slot machines were confiscated by the authorities, V.I. Kalpun ordered to give the equipment over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody. When all necessary documents for safe custody were signed, slot machines were reinstalled and were again used for gaming. Furthermore, V.I. Kalpun prompted inspections in gambling clubs of I.V. Nazarov’s competitors. The inspections resulted in confiscation of slot machines, or the clubs being closed down and slot machines being handed over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody, which in reality he used fro gaining proceeds from gaming.


As a toll for above-mentioned protection I.V. Nazarov monthly paid V.I. Kalpun 30,000 US dollars.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about gambling clubs, located at: 5, Pervy Delovoy Proezd, Podolsk; 3-v, B.Serpukhovskaya Street, Podolsk; and 18/1, B.Serpukhovskaya Street, apt. 17, Podolsk


I know that the owner of the gaming club is I.V. Nazarov and that until February 2011 the club was engaged in illegal gambling. The club was controlled personally by Lukianenko, Podolsk city prosecutor. When authorities intended to carry out an inspection of the premises or at the time of such an inspection club staff got in touch with Volkov, and he in his turn informed Nazarov about the inspection. Then Nazarov contacted Lukianenko, whom he informed about the problem. After that during general meetings Lukianenko instructed officers of relevant authorities as to the favourable inspection results concerning the controlled gaming facilities. If for some reason slot machines were confiscated by the authorities, Lukianenko ordered to give the equipment over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody. When all necessary documents for safe custody were signed, slot machines were reinstalled and were again used for gaming. Furthermore, Lukianenko prompted inspections in gambling clubs of I.V. Nazarov’s competitors. The inspections resulted in confiscation of slot machines, or the clubs being closed down and slot machines being handed over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody, which in reality he used fro gaining proceeds from gaming.


As a toll for above-mentioned protection I.V. Nazarov monthly paid Lukianenko 30,000 US dollars.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about gambling clubs, located at the address: 48/5, Tchaikovskogo Street, Stupino


I know that the owner of the gaming club is I.V. Nazarov and that until February 2011 the club was engaged in illegal gambling. The club was controlled personally by Urumov. When authorities intended to carry out an inspection of the premises or at the time of such an inspection club staff got in touch with Volkov, and he in his turn informed Nazarov about the inspection. Then Nazarov or Volkov contacted Urumov, whom they informed about the problem. After that Urumov instructed officers of the corresponding prosecutor’s office department that oversaw gambling and authorities regulating it as to the favourable inspection results concerning the controlled gaming facilities. If for some reason slot machines were confiscated by the authorities, Urumov ordered to give the equipment over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody. When all necessary documents for safe custody were signed, slot machines were reinstalled and were again used for gaming. Furthermore, Urumov prompted inspections in gambling clubs of I.V. Nazarov’s competitors. The inspections resulted in confiscation of slot machines, or the clubs being closed down and slot machines being handed over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody, which in reality he used fro gaining proceeds from gaming.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about gambling clubs, located at the address: 5, Vokzalnaya Street, Pushkino


I know that the owner of the gaming club is I.V. Nazarov and that until February 2011 the club was engaged in illegal gambling. The club was controlled personally by R.A. Razumenko, Pushkino city prosecutor. When authorities intended to carry out an inspection of the premises or at the time of such an inspection club staff got in touch with Volkov, and he in his turn informed Nazarov about the inspection. Then Nazarov or Volkov contacted R.A. Razumenko, whom they informed about the problem. After that during general meetings R.A. Razumenko instructed officers of relevant authorities as to the favourable inspection results concerning the controlled gaming facilities. If for some reason slot machines were confiscated by the authorities, R.A. Razumenko ordered to give the equipment over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody. When all necessary documents for safe custody were signed, slot machines were reinstalled and were again used for gaming. Furthermore, R.A. Razumenko prompted inspections in gambling clubs of I.V. Nazarov’s competitors. The inspections resulted in confiscation of slot machines, or the clubs being closed down and slot machines being handed over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody, which in reality he used fro gaining proceeds from gaming.


As a toll for above-mentioned protection I.V. Nazarov monthly paid R.A. Razumenko 30,000 US dollars.


Interrogator: Tell me what you know about gambling clubs, located at:19/22, Pervaya Rabnaya Street, Sergievo-Posad; 218, Prospekt Krasnoy Armii, apr.18, Sergievo-Posad; 27, Ordzhonikidze Street, apt.8, Sergievo-Posad


I know that the owner of the gaming club is I.V. Nazarov and that until February 2011 the club was engaged in illegal gambling. The club was controlled personally by Urumov. When authorities intended to carry out an inspection of the premises or at the time of such an inspection club staff got in touch with Volkov, and he in his turn informed Nazarov about the inspection. Then Nazarov or Volkov contacted Urumov, whom they informed about the problem. After that Urumov instructed officers of the corresponding prosecutor’s office department that oversaw gambling and authorities regulating it as to the favourable inspection results concerning the controlled gaming facilities. If for some reason slot machines were confiscated by the authorities, Urumov ordered to give the equipment over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody. When all necessary documents for safe custody were signed, slot machines were reinstalled and were again used for gaming. Furthermore, Urumov prompted inspections in gambling clubs of I.V. Nazarov’s competitors. The inspections resulted in confiscation of slot machines, or the clubs being closed down and slot machines being handed over to I.V. Nazarov for safe custody, which in reality he used fro gaining proceeds from gaming.


Interrogator: What other objects of interest of Moscow region prosecutor’s office staff do you know?


As far as I know, in 2010 Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation instructed G.B. Lopatin, head of executive office of the Prosecutor General’s Office, to bring land plots adjoining premises of Iskra sanatorium under the ownership of the prosecutor’s office. The sanatorium is located in Istrinsky district in Moscow region and is only for Prosecutor Generals Office members of the staff. Actions aimed at changing the ownership of the land plots revealed that Istrinsky district authorities had given ownership of the mentioned land to third parties. Prosecutor’s office initiated an inquiry into actions of Sherba, head of Istrinsky district, on the grounds including fraud by head of Istrinsky district in transferring land plots adjoining Iskra sanatorium for Prosecutor Generals Office members of the staff under the ownership of Kipina, an affiliated person and a trustee of Sherba. Moscow region GUVD performed operational escorting of the inquiry procedures. Sudakov (Nikulin) and N.V. Mikhevich supervised the inquiry by the prosecutor’s office staff. The inquiry resulted in the initiation of several criminal cases.


I also know that prior to the establishment of the investigative committee, Moscow region prosecutor’s office investigated a criminal case instituted over divestiture of land owned by Leninsky Luch collective farm. The case was investigated by Monakov and supervised by personally Zamurayev and Mokhov, Moscow region prosecutors, who then reported personally to Sidneyev, an employee of the Prosecutor General’s Office. There were no meetings held to discuss the investigation. Moscow region prosecutor barred any third party information requests concerning the investigation. Zolotarev, head of the collective farm, was arrested and convicted. The trial was supervised by Ignatenko. The case was a frame-up.


Interrogator: What do you know as to informal and illegal ties between Moscow region prosecutor’s office staff and the civilians?


I know that Moscow region prosecutor’s office staff communicates with D.O. Yakubovsky, an entrepreneur. As far as I know, D.O. Yakubovsky kept in touch with Buyansky, deputy prosecutor of Moscow region. But then there was a conflict between them and Yakubovsky developed connection with R.I. Nishchemenko, Odintsovo city prosecutor. Furthermore, I am aware that there are friendly relations between D.P. Ponaitov, head of investigative department in Odintsovo, and Yakubovsky who he has now been friends for over 10 years. I saw D.P. Ponaitov enter during his working hours the office of Yakubovsky in Gorky-8 in Moscow region. Thus, I know that relations between Ponaitov and Yakubovsky developed to the point where Ponaitov in full obedience followed all instructions of Yakubovsky concerning termination and initiation of criminal cases against third parties. Thanking Ponaitov for such favours, Rover in 2010 Yakubovsky gave him a Range Rover as a present. According to the paperwork, the owner of the vehicle is Ponaitov’s mother.


During the interrogation the witness demanded that the questioning be suspended until next day due to the fact that he was tired and needed some rest.


Interrogator: Do you confirm that your evidence is voluntary?


Yes, I confirm that my evidence is voluntary and I testify without compulsion. During the investigation and prior to it interrogation I have not been subjected to any physical or psychological pressure.


Interrogator: Do you have grounds for false accusations of Nazarov, Ignatenko, Mokhov, Urumov and other people mentioned by you during the interrogation?


I do not. I have never been involved in conflicts with the abovementioned people. I once again confirm that my evidence is voluntary and I testify without compulsion by law enforcement officers or other persons.


Witness _____________

Thomas Petrov, Alexey Gordon, Rumafia.com

SOLNTSEVSKAYA GANG TOUGHER AND CLEVERER THAN SHABALOVSKAYA - The end

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In 1993 Moscow witnessed the mergence of a force capable of fighting with Solntsevskaya group on equal terms. It was created by the Regional Directorate for Combating Organized Crime (RUOP subsequently RUBOP), headquartered on Shabolovka Str. Only few months after its establishment RUBOP became one of the most powerful security agencies, the staff of which did not submit to virtually anyone except Vladimir Rushailo, head of the agency. Even the Ministry of Security, the future FSK-FSB, had no authority over them. RUBOP operatives sent dozens of Mikhas gang members behind bars. In Moscow there was a saying: "Only Shabolovskaya is tougher that Solntsevskaya." However, this assessment was premature. With all the initial successes of RUBOP in the war against criminal groups, by the 2000s leaders of Solntsevskaya gang became respected businessmen, and sometimes legal public figures. While RUBOP were disbanded in 2001 and ceased to exist. The agency also received very unflattering characteristics of Boris Gryzlov, Rushailo’s successor as Minister of the Interior.



Mikhas invited popular singer Iosif Kobzon to the wedding of his daughter Aleksandra


On August 12, 1993 the agency arrested Sergey Mihaylov on suspicion of murdering Valery Vlasov, co-owner of several casinos.


In Soviet times Vlasov was a professional gambler and card sharp. He served sentences in prison totaling to 17 years. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he began building first legal casinos in Moscow. In particular, he, his friend Aleksander Ruchka, and an Austrian Hans-Peter Mayer opened a gambling house Valery. Vlasov and other partners including Iosif Kobzon, Otari Kvantrishvili, and Sergey Mikhailov opened casino Maxim. Similar establishments were appearing across Moscow, yielding a huge profit. Initially, it was divided equally between the partners. Then Vlasov had a conflict with Kvantrishvili, and only through the interference of Mikhas the sharpie was not killed. Vlasov was no longer threatened by Otarik, but he found himself under the complete control of Solntsevskaya criminal group, which he was forced to teach how to formally cover their business. Vlasov was the founder of the Center for Rehabilitation of graduates of boarding schools for children with intellectual disability, and all paperwork had it as if the entire proceeds from gambling went to support the children. He positioned himself as a philanthropist, and any raids on the casino including those by the official structures immediately announced to be an attempt to "take away a piece of bread for the orphans."


Mikhas liked Vlasov’s scheme. He became the founder of a charity fund Uchastie This organization was well-known for the fact that at one time it built a belfry with nine bells in the village Fedosino. On the bells there was an inscription in Old Slavonic script that read "From the rectors of the church, Uchastie charity fund, SV-Holding and Solntsevskaya group. The fund also actively helped Moscow remand prisons inmates. In fact, the fund could be called Solntsevskaya gang mutual support fund for charitable purposes. Mikhailov later founded an international non-governmental foundation House of Orphans in Israel.


When Vlasov taught Solntsevskaya criminal group all his tricks, they no longer wanted to share profits with him. Vlasov was shot. At the same time $ 3 million intended for a project disappeared. Suspicion first fell on Mikhas. But this time he also did not stay behind bars too long.


For lack of evidence Mikhailov was released and immediately went to Hungary at the invitation of Mogilevich. Rumafia wrote about foreign adventures of Solntsevskaya gang leader in the following article. From Israel Mikhas went to Vienna. From there he contacted the Russian Orthodox Church and offered financial assistance in the restoration of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.


Here is an abstract from the Interpol report devoted to the international activities of Solntsevskaya gang:


Mikhailov and AVERIN went to Vienna, arriving there with 10 suitcases containing 40 million shillings. Upon arrival in Vienna, at the airport they were met by three vehicles belonging to the Russian Embassy. Mikhailov handed control over the organization in Moscow to his confidants and managed its activities from Vienna. Werner KOGERLE was Sergei Mikhailov and Viktor AVERIN’s main assistant after their arrival in Vienna in 1993. At that time he was a broker of real estate agency, and he found apartments for AVERIN and Mikhailov to live in. KOGERLE was working on Solntsevskaya group as an interpreter and a courier in Vienna, Austria. He traveled a lot from Vienna to Budapest and Prague. He was also involved in smuggling drugs and smuggling counterfeit U.S. dollars. KOGERLE legally had company in Vienna that dealt in Swiss watch. He employed Russian citizens. KOGERLE was the main connecting link for the criminal group in Austria. In the 1990s a branch of the organization was established in Israel. It was headed by Mikhailov and his two deputies, Viktor AVERIN and Arnold TAMM. Later they immigrated to Israel and became its citizens. In fact, Mikhailov felt unsafe in Vienna, Austria. On the day of their arrival Mikhailov and AVERIN received a license to possess firearms. In order to acquire Israeli citizenship, they marred Jewish women in Budapest, Hungary. Both never showed up in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Israel, therefore, there is no documentation concerning them being in the country. Later, Mikhailov’s Israeli citizenship was recognized invalid. All the three men: Mikhailov, AVERIN and TAMM, left Israel. ...


In 1994 Mikhailov, who was already abroad, came to the attention of Prosecutor General's Office. It instituted a criminal case over numerous cases of bribery to law enforcement officials from the kingpin Victor Klestov. Many of the questions on money transfer Klestov solved over the phone, installed in the apartment of Sergei Mikhailov. The apartment was searched, and investigators seized a pump-action shotgun, 70 thousand dollars, and two fake identity cards, namely that of an employee of the Russian presidential administration and that of a CNN correspondent. Later it was found out that before his departure abroad Mikhas switched his phone number on the cafe, which Klestov used as his headquarters. However, the investigators failed to sort out the whole story. Another influential friend of Mikhas, lawyer Dmitry Yakubovski, who has extensive contacts at all levels of government, came to the rescue. As a result, the leader of Solntsevskaya group faced only a minor charge. The case against him was over illegal possession of weapons. Two years later the case was closed.


Mikhas freely traveled around the world. He flew with Mogilevich to Costa Rica, where he bought the post of Honorary Consul of the country in Moscow for 350 thousand dollars. Then Solntsevskaya leader came to the U.S., where he met with Vyacheslav Ivankov, a thief in law who had settled in this country. As established by the FBI, Yaponchik and Mihas constantly were in touch almost weekly holding telephone conversations with each other. They discussed joint projects and recent events in the criminal world. In particular after Sylvester was blown up in 1994 in Moscow, Ivankov offered Mikhailov to take control Orekhovskaya OPG .



Mikhas' mentor and confessor - late Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia


After the U.S. Mikhas first came to France, where Taivanchik lived at that time, and then to the Czech Republic, where Mogilevich was mastering his business. As a result, both countries have banned Mikhailov to enter into their territories. Then he got a forged Greek passport in the name of Sergios Michaelides and moved to Spain already with that ID. Finally, Solntsevskaya gang boss decided to settle down in quiet, as it seemed, Switzerland.


During travels around the world Mikhas found a new business partner, namely Tofik Asimov, an expert on money laundering, who had extensive connections throughout the world. Tofik and Semion Mogilevich made Mikhailov not just the leader of the organized crime group, but head of a transnational group with connections in almost all corners of the globe. Here are examples of such connections, given by Interpol.


Jose Felix Martinez-LAMELA is an Argentine businessman, former naval officer, and partner of Sergey Mikhailov and Victor AVERIN. Tofik AZIMOV hired Martinez-LAMELA to work for Solntsevskaya criminal group. Martinez-LAMELA had an Argentine diplomatic passport, and he was introduced as a man with great connections and experience in working with forged travel documents. He usually carried with him a small bag with entry and exit stamps for forging passports. Reportedly, Martinez-LAMELA collected a number of documents for use by Viktor Mikhailov and AVERIN. MARTINEZ- LAMELA supplied Mikhailov and AVERIN with forged Argentine documents. At Christmas 1994 MARTINEZ- LAMELA, his daughter, and Marcela Martinez drove to a ski resort in Austria with Tofik AZimov, his partner Vladimir Koshelev, and Sergey Mikhailov. AZimov 10 times forwarded payment to MARTINEZ- LAMELA through accounts in Atkom Consulting.


Jose Felix MARTINEZ- LAMELA was born on May 7, 1935. He was a leader of a criminal group. The group established companies, buying real estate in Argentina to launder the proceeds from drug trafficking. They used fake Argentine identification documents in order to settle in the country. MARTINEZ- LAMELA was arrested in Buenos Aires on December 10, 1998.


Randy ABDUDDEL, born on May 1, 1951, met Sergey Mikhailov in April 1995. They were introduced by Alexis Korotaev. ABDUDDEL came to MIKHAILOV’s house in Switzerland five or six times. MIKHAILOV was engaged in trade in oil and other products. He was also interested in investing money in the U.S.. ABDUDDEL helped his brother, Kevin ABDUDDEL and MIKHAILOV to establish KARTA Auto Brokers in Houston, Texas. Karta came as the result of wire transfers of $30,000 and $200,000. MIKHAILOV and Randy ABDUDDEL established a U.S. company Sun Motors in Russia to oversee the work of KARTA Auto Brokers. Celtex Corporation from Switzerland was a partner of both companies.


On October 15, 1996 Mikhas was arrested at Geneva airport and charged with organizing a criminal group, money laundering, and violating the law on property ownership in Switzerland. It is noteworthy that the local police focused on materials received from the Moscow RUBOP. Investigation and trial over Mikhas are worth to be featured in a thriller. Russian Prosecutor General’s office sent Geneva case materials which mentioned no criminal record that Mikhailov had had in Russia and none of his problems with law enforcement agencies.  RUBOP fixed the so-called mistake. During his visit to Switzerland, Prosecutor General Yuri Skuratov claimed that all convicting material on Mikhas, including information about his criminal record, had mysteriously disappeared from his office.


However, it is not surprising. One of the business partners of Mikhailov was Ashot Yeghiazaryan, who is now wanted by the police, a businessman and right hand of Nazir Hapsirokov, a senior official of the Prosecutor General’s office. Later Hapsirokov and Yeghiazaryan played a significant role in the resignation of Skuratov, inviting him to relax with prostitutes filming that with a hidden camera.


Rosenbaum, make a victim of Mikhailov’s actions, was to testify at the hearing against Mikhas. But he had been shot. Aleksander Nikonov, former FSB officer, said that Sergey Anatolievich was a respectable businessman, not the leader of the Solntsevskaya gang. Business people who had suffered from the organized criminal group, mostly refuted the arguments of the investigation, stating that there had been no protection and extortion and that nobody had been beaten or tortured. Only a few entrepreneurs recognized that they had left the country after the raids by Mikhas.



Mikhas awarded with an International Police Association medal


It was two witnesses that gave most complete evidence against the leader of Solntsevskaya group. One of them was an employee of Moscow police, Nikolay Uporov. Before the litigation he and his family were constantly threatened. The police officer retired and moved to Switzerland, where he requested political asylum. For many years he collected evidence against Solntsevskaya gang and was able to tell much about the gang and its leader. The second witness was an FBI agent Robert Levinson, who investigated international connections of the group. However, their efforts were not enough.


Even before the litigation began, team of Semion Mogilevich found approaches to an influential member of the Swiss Parliament, Philip Rosenberg. He actively took to promoting the interests of the criminals and soon public opinion in Switzerland changed dramatically. Mikhas turned from a crime boss into a decent businessman. As a result, in 1998 the jury acquitted Mikhailov, and he returned to Moscow.


It was still unsafe in the capital. Murders took place almost every day. The police did not leave hopes to put Mikhailov behind bars. In 1999 he attempted to run for the Duma in Taganrog constituency, but was withdrawn from the race due to the fact that he concealed information about having Greek citizenship. Instead of him Andrey Scoch, another representative of the gang made it to the State Duma. Now he (or rather his father, since it is him who is the official owner of the shares) is co-owner in Metallinvest and Gazmetall and a prominent parliamentarian. Forbes estimates his fortune at $ 3.9 billion. Mikhailov is much richer, but he never makes the Forbes list.


Mikhas controls most of his major assets behind the scenes. According to the report of Interpol, Mikhailov invested in AFK Systema and is an in-the-shade co-owner of the company. One of his closest partners is Vasiliy Zimin, the son of Dmitry Zimin who is the founder of Beeline. Solntsevskaya group leader controls a terminal at Vnukovo, owns a casino in Peru, and real estate in Argentina, etc. etc., (for details see Interpol report). Russian investigators say that Mikhas still owns all the objects captured by them in the 1990s, including shopping centres, hotels, office buildings, car dealerships, etc.



"For loyalty to Russia" - Mikhas awarded with another prestigious order, now the golden star


In 1999-2000 Mikhailov made attempts to settle somewhere abroad. In particular, he liked Latvia for that matter and started to buy real estate there. He also acquired a stake in the Parex bank. But local authorities quickly got tired of Mikhas and he was barred from entering the country. Later, all the Schengen countries did the same. In Russia Mikhailov is not a public person. He can be seen only at the official award ceremonies of the Patriarchate, to which he continues to make generous financial donations. And, of course, Mikhas remembers well his criminal ties. Like before, he does not attend kingpin gatherings, but he often meets with thieves in law tête-à-tête and discusses current problems with them. Mikhailov serves as a kind of mediator between the Mafia and representatives of various levels of government, where he has good connections. When Lasha Shushanashvili, a thief in law, had problems in Russia and was expelled from the country with a five-year ban on entry, Mikhas took to helping his criminal friend. As a result, Lasha’s problems were settled. He can still be seen in Moscow. Mikhailov tries his best to help another thief in law, Vladimir Tyurin, arrested in the capital at the request of the authorities of Spain. However, Mikhas tries to be very careful with that and looks back at the example of Vladimir Kumarin, leader of Tambovtskaya gang. A couple of unsuccessful actions can lead to jail, and he would have to pay for all the many sins of the 1990s.


 


====== Organized Criminal Groups 2003 RUSSIA =======


Surname ............ Mikhailov


Name ................ SERGEY


Middle name ........... ANATOLIEVICH


Nickname ............. MiKhas


Nationality ..... RUSSIAN


Birthday ...... 1958. FEB.07


Place of birth ..... MOSCOW, Solntsevo


Phone home ........ 0


Phone office ....... 0


Addresses ............. Registered at Moscow may reside at: 3, NOVOPEREDELKINSKAYA, Moscow, apt. 20


======= ZITS 2003  =======


Surname ............... Mikhailov


Name ................... SERGEY


Middle name .............. ANATOLIEVICH


Birthday ......... 1958.FEB.07


Place of birth ........ MOSCOW


Nationality ........ RUSSIAN


Place of Registration ..... Z-OKRUG OVD-0701 12, OKRAINNAYA, APT. 2


Place of Work .......... AVTOBAZA 1 PROIZVODSTVENNAYA Z-OKRUG OVD-0701 176 Electrician


Category ............. WITH CRIMINAL RECORD


Signs of a ............. Eyes blue, Hair brown


Conviction ............. convicted 93 IN 1984 Solntsevsky for 3 years TVERSKAYA ARCH


Article ................ FRAUD STREET STATE ALONE MONEY


Source of Information ... LIST PAC Z-OKRUG OVD-0701 176 09 87 GARMONOV


Russian citizen Sergey Anatolievich Mikhailov, born on February 7, 1958 in Moscow, is the leader of Solntsevskaya criminal group.


He is also known under the name of Sergios Michaelides.


His nicknames: "Mikhas" or "Serezha".


Identification documents:


• According to Interpol CNB in Washington, Mikhailov has a Russian passport № 0013760F. In 1996 he lived in San Jose, Costa Rica,


• He has a Russian passport 43 № 7889348 valid until January 21, 2004, as well as passport X-SB № 705 626, issued on October 9, 1996


• He also has an Israeli identity card №309982262, and an Israeli passport №6325716 issued in Brussels, Belgium, and valid until September 21, 2000


• He has a Greek passport №190 390 and / or M166985, issued in the name of Sergios Michaelides, when he was in Marbella, Spain, in 1996. In 1996 through fraud he received Portuguese identity documents.


• Interpol NCB in Kiev mentions Russian document № 21U12336773 and Israeli document № 5619997, issued on November 1, 1993. Interpol NCB in Sofia mentions passport № 01233673.


• On 10 May 1995 he obtained a Costa Rica passport and in July tied to get a diplomatic passport of the Republic of Guyana1995 for $ 50,000.


Mikhailov’s Israeli citizenship was revoked in June 1997


Address:


• He lives in Moscow at 8, Novoperedelkinskaya Str., apt. 29, 119 633.


• In Switzerland he lived at 12, chemin des Tourniaux 1261 Borex. His address in Jerusalem (according to Interpol NSB in Jerusalem) is the same as the address of Averin, namely: Givati ​​16, Bat Yam.


Mikhailov is the owner of apartments in Vienna, Austria and Moscow, Russia.

Thomas Petrov, Alexey Gordon, Rumafia.com

SOLNTSEVSKAYA GANG TOUGHER AND CLEVERER THAN SHABALOVSKAYA - Part 1

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Recently Moscow criminal world was struck by the news that Sergey Mikhailov, leader of Solntsevskaya gang, is once again ready to move away from his quiet life and take up fighting, as he did in the 1990s. And he has a good reason for that. His beloved daughter Aleksandra was offended. She is divorcing her husband, Alan Davydov, the son of Sergey Davydov, another criminal boss, who behaved in a dishonest way and is determined to deprive the wife of most of the property.


The influential fathers had agreed not to interfere in the relationship between their children. But here the situation has gone beyond the agreements. Mikhas already confessed to his gangster friends that his hands were itching to punish the offender. But nothing like that took place. Sergey Mikhailov and Sergey Davydov were able to solve the problem before the conflict broke out. In the late 1980s - early 1990s the leader of the Solntsevskaya was not so compliant.


He controlled more than two thousand gangsters who seized a large part of Moscow bringing terror to its inhabitants. However, at the peak of his criminal career Mikhailov decided to legalize his business, turning from a criminal boss into an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. In part, he succeeded.



Sergey Mikhailov is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist


Sergey Anatolievich Mikhailov was born on February 7, 1958 in Solntsevo, a former village near Moscow, which was later attached to the capital as a district. While at school he was in for wrestling. After graduating in 1976, he became a car mechanic in Zapadny village in Moscow region. However, Mikhailov was fed up with such dirty work within a year, and he became a waiter at Sovietskaya hotel restaurant. In the late 1970s the restaurant was a favorite spot of thieves in law, black marketeers, card sharpies, and shadow capitalists. In particular, among those who spent most of the time there was Alimzhan Tokhtakhounovnicknamed Taivanchik, who then was a novice card player and manager of CSKA football club. Vyacheslav Ivankov a.k.a. Yaponchik also frequently came to the restaurant. Mikhailov began to develop connections in the criminal world.


Providing small services to bandits, he got the taste of big money. Sergey actively developed illegal businesses accompanying his new job, such as illegal trade in vodka. Thus he became acquainted with Semion Mogilevich, who then was busy settling in the business world of the capital and among other things dealt in alcohol.


Mikhailov’s services were in demand. He also worked as a waiter in Khrustalny restaurant and the restaurant at Sevastopol hotel. Boxer Victor Averin, who became a close friend of Sergey, also worked at Sevastopol. Mikhailov was gradually becoming quite a wealthy man by Soviet standards and decided not to change jobs any more. He entered a technical school to study catering. There he became a qualified head waiter and learned English. At the same time Sergey continued working in Sovietskaya, where he was promoted to the position of the administrator. But his successful career in the service sector was put an end to by a scam.


Mikhailov had a motorcycle, which he prudently insured. At some point of time the young man disassembled the no longer needed vehicle and sold its parts to friends. Then he went to the militia and claimed the motorcycle stolen. On this basis he received the insurance payment. In 1984 the scam came to the surface and Sergey was arrested facing charges of theft by fraud and false denunciation. He was detained for six months, and then Solntsevsky court sentenced the waiter to three years in prison on probation. Having a conviction meant that Mikhailov could not work in prestigious restaurants. However, he quickly found a new place.


In 1985 a group of thimble riggers and card cheaters began operating near hotels and institutions, where Sergey once worked. The former cheated people by offering people to guess under which of the three thimbles the small ball was. The latter robbed people by persuading them to play simple card games with them. Kingpins Dzhemal Khachidze referred to as Dzhemal and Aleksey Petrov a.k.a. Petrick were among the leaders of the mentioned groups. Among militants of the group there were former tractor driver Sergey Timofeyev nicknamed Sylvester; two boxers, Petr Gorbatyhk convicted for a murder and Yevgeny Lyustarnov a.k.a. Lyustrik; a fighter of Sambo 70 club Boris Antonov a.k.a. Borya Anton; Mikhail Kudin referred to as Kvakin; Gennady Shapovalov a.k.a. Shapoval; the brothers Aleksander and Viktor Averin referred to as Avera Jr. and Avera, Sr. Mikhailov knew personally many of them, so he quickly adapted to the team.



Mikhas with Solntsevskaya gang


It was then that he was given the nickname Mikhas, which is still extremely annoying to Sergey Anatolyevich. However, many figures of the criminal world dislike their nickname. They received the nicknames when they were ordinary criminals, and sometimes the given names sound extremely dissonant. For example, fellow gangsters used the nickname Shishkan to address one of the leaders of Moscow region mafia Oleg Shishkanov. Then he was crowned as thief in law, and other criminal bosses offered to call him Oleg Ramensky. However, no matter how hard Shishkanov tried to impose this new name of his, his fellow gangsters still called him Shishkan.


Mikhailov, who always had the makings of a leader, quickly became one of the first persons in the team of gangsters. They went together to the so-called kachalka (a slang word for “gym”), where they also recruited muscular young men for the group. According to investigators, by 1988 the group began to emerge into an organized criminal group, which included 30 heads of groups and approximately 500-600 mobsters to form the groups within the gang. Investigators consider May 18, 1988 the day when Solntsevskaya gang first acted like an organized crime group. On that day militia officers tried to arrest a group of thimble riggers. Mikhas and other gang leaders quickly sent 30 mobsters who through physical action protected the thimble riggers and beat up the law enforcers. On May 31 the situation repeated again. Solntsevskaya gangsters again protected thimble riggers from militia.


In summer the group had a conflict with Azerbaijan gangsters. On July 4, 1988 over 150 Solntsevskaya gang members had a clash with the Caucasians and won. Mikhas, Sylvester, and the Averin brothers personally participated in most of the clashes. By that time Solntsevskaya criminal group did not only supervise most of the capital card sharps and thimble riggers, but also controlled the spots where they did their business, including hotels Sovietskaya, Sebastopol, Cometa, and Tourist, and also large stores like Leipzig and Polskaya Moda, and restaurants Yakor, Nile, and Aist.


The main source of income for the criminals was the emerging private sector in business. By 1989 more than 30 cooperatives paid tribute to Mikhas and the gang. Some of the entrepreneurs willingly addressed Solntsevskaya gang for protection against raids of smaller groups. Others had to be threatened so that they would agree to share profits. Businesses and the gang had it so that Solntsevskaya group leaders were appointed to posts within all controlled cooperatives. Mikhailov, for instance, was listed as chief engineer of the cooperative Berezka and the supply department head of Fund cooperative. The latter became a real cash cow for the criminal group.


Fund was established by Vadim Grigorievich Rosenbaum. Originally it was planned that the cooperative would be engaged in international transport. However, Rosenbaum quickly realized that delivering other companies’ foreign goods was less profitable than owning and selling the goods delivered. He began buying computers in France and delivering them to Moscow. Rosenbaum had connections in the customs and as a result paid customs fees only for one out of ten truckloads of goods. In the capital the price on computers was extremely high, up to 50 thousand dollars apiece. Such business brought unprecedented profit.


Also, as suspected by investigators, Rosenbaum dealt in cocaine trafficking to Moscow, placing the drug inside imported computers. The drug was then an exotic thing in the capital and was very expensive. Clearly, a wealthy businessman and his co-op were constantly subjected to raids by different gangs. After Rosenbaum once again was visited by gangsters that demanded money, he asked a friend of his to find him people, who would protect him from such visitors. The friend advised to address Mikhas and Avera Sr. The two men asked quite a modest fee for their services, namely to buy them a foreign made car each and to pay for their trip to Germany.


As a result Rosenbaum got rid of minor criminals, but found himself in the tight grip of Solntsevskaya gang. At first it was Sylvester who came to him demanding a foreign car, which was not part of the agreement. Timofeyev was not accustomed to refusals. So he told Rosenbaum that he had three days to get him a new Volvo vehicle, or else he would be put on a clock. The bandit received the car keys, but soon Solntsevskaya members came to Fund again. This time they requested a monthly tribute, threatening to kill Rosenbaum. Soon the co-op had new staff members including Mikhas as head of supply department, Avera Sr. as deputy chairman for sports and recreation activities, Lyustrik as executive director, and Avera Jr. as chief of security. Each had a salary of 1,000 rubles.



Viktor Averin (a.k.a. Avera, Sr) is in the center


In 1989 Moscow investigators collected extensive dossier on Solntsevskaya gang that was gaining strength. They initiated a number of criminal cases involving racketeering against the leaders of cooperatives. Victims willingly wrote claims to militia because Mikhas and other gang members grew increasingly arrogant, taking the lion's share of the income. Rosenbaum was one of the claimants. All in all the case materials included claims from 24 victimized cooperatives.


On December 7, 1989 law enforcers arrested a group of Solntsevskaya leaders, including Mikhailov, Timofeyev, Lyustarnov, and Viktor Averin. Shapovalov was also arrested some time later. All of them were accused of extortion.


While in remand prison, Sylvester and Mikhas sent their men a note, in which they instructed them to disband the gang or to join other gangs on temporary basis. Events that followed were very typical for that time.


The case against Shapoval disappeared right out of the courthouse. Investigators had to collect all materials again. But by that time all the victims and witnesses refused to testify. The same situation occurred with the investigation in respect of Mikhas and Avera. Some co-operators simply left the country. Rosenbaum was the most intractable, but he also gave up a year later. Chairman of Fund sent a statement to law enforcers, asking to release the three “incompetent staff members” Mikhailov, Averin, and Lyustarnov. He also promised to take them on bail for re-education. In his statement Rosenbaum called the conflict with the men to be related to work in Fund. As a result, on July 30, 1991 the three leaders of Solntsevskaya group were released. Only Sylvester, who was not an employee of the cooperative, remained behind bars.


It is worth noting that Mikhas and other group leaders also forgave the cooperator. They just significantly raised the amount of tribute to pay. Rosenbaum tried to confront the leaders of the criminal group. In 1992 he even managed to meet with Yaponchik through some friends and asked him for protection. However, the kingpin carefully followed the career of Mikhas. He was sympathetic to the young Slavic criminal boss. So he told the chairman of Fund that he should put up with terms of Mikhailov. As a result, Rosenbaum left the country.


When in 1996 Mikhas was arrested in Switzerland, Rosenbaum was to testify as one of the main prosecution witnesses. However, he never came to the trial. On the night of July 30, 1997 Vadim Rosenbaum was killed in the Dutch city of Osterhaut.


According to investigators, the crime could have been organized by Andrey Isayev nicknamed Rospis, a good friend of Mikhas and a thief in law. Later he was killed in Poland during a clash with local gangsters.


Freed in 1991, Mikhas and Avera summoned former gang members and actively recruited new ones. After incarceration Mikhailov became one of the legends of the criminal world. All capital criminals had heard about him. Thus, militants actively joined the ranks of the criminal group and by the end of 1991 it consisted of about 1000 people. Entrepreneurs also willingly agreed to be protected by Solnstevskaya gang.


When in 1992 Timofeyev was released from prison, the criminal group had a clear hierarchy and the seats of main leaders were occupied. Sylvester was offered to lead several teams, but it did not suit him. Sylvester and Boris Antonov took a couple hundreds of fighters from Solntsevskaya gang and formed their own group, Orekhovskaya. Later, Borya Anton was killed. According to some reports, Mikhas never forgave him for joining Sylvester.



Rightmost — Sergey Timofeyev (a.k.a. Sylvester)


As for the leaders of thimble riggers, Aleksey Petrov created his own gang, Mazutinskaya. It was small but very influential. Petrick is still on friendly terms with Mikhas. Dzhemal Khachidze remained in Solntsevskaya group. He still represents the interests of the group during gatherings of thieves in law.


By 1993 the number of fighters in the gang was about 2000 making it the largest group in Moscow. The number of supporters was even greater. In the early 1990s Solntsevskaya gang was known in virtually all of the capital. The mere mention of this group was enough to terrify both a businessman and an ordinary citizen. The authors of these lines grew on Leninsky Prospect, which was part of the territory controlled by the gang, and in 1991-1993 had an opportunity to witness the way of life of Solnstevskaya gang members.


All premises next to Havana restaurant, Sport hotel, and buildings on the prospect near Tsentralny Dom Tourista, where the headquarters of group are until today, were filled with muscular young men, ready to act on demand of their leaders. All of them wore almost the same uniform, a mandatory part of which in all seasons was a certain style cap and a small black handbag. Men, who put on the cap and did not belong to Solntsevskaya group, were beaten. In summer mobsters wore tracksuits. In autumn and spring they were dressed in leather jackets or long coat if a man had the money. In the winter gang members wore a bomber jacket or its equivalent. Bored of doing nothing, the mobsters dealt in mugging, or gop-stop as they called it. They spent nights at a discotheque at the Institute of Oil and Gas named after Gubkin, or House of Children's Art named after Krupskaya. Arriving at those discos, a man found himself surrounded by hundreds of silhouettes in caps, and if one did not know at least some of them, he could run into serious trouble.


Events that took place there were far from what you could see featured in any film. For example, one of the House of Art frequenters suffered a serious injury during clashes, became handicap and had to use a wheelchair. His brother was a prominent man in a gang, so everyone was afraid of the handicap. When he would want to roll out in the middle of the dance floor, militants cleared everyone out of the way for him. Those who hesitated were beaten by the disabled with a wheel pump.


According to investigators, there were six people at the top of Solntsevskaya gang hierarchy. The main leaders were Sergey Mikhailov and Viktor Averin. Arnold Tamm a.k.a. Arnosha, Yevgeny Lyustarnov, Aleksander Averin, and Gennady Shapovalov were members of the governing council. Semion Mogilevichhad a special status in the gang. He settled abroad and was responsible for laundering money of Solntsevskaya group and investing it in various business projects. Among other notable persons in the gang was, for example, the current State Duma deputy Andrey Scoch. He began as head of a 15 people team, controlled by Arnold Tamm. He quickly worked his way up the group hierarchy and was put in charge of relations with certain government officials. Aleksander Inshakov, referred to as Inshak or Kaskader, was also tied to Solntsevskaya group. This stunt and karate sportsman is one of the creators of Brigada gangster epic. He participated in many operations of Solntsevskaya criminal group. In particular, he and kingpin Aleksander Sedov a.k.a. Nos kidnapped Oleg Rumyantsev, the director of Cosmos hotel. This hotel had long interested Solntsevskaya group and Oleg Rumyantsev was in the way.


Mikhail Mamiashvili, President of Wrestling Federation of Russia, has long known Mikhas. Dmitry Baranovsky a.k.a. Beliy used to be supervisor of a mobster team controlled by Tamm. Later Baranovsky became the owner of several large factories in Moscow suburbs and the leader of a certain social organization in the fight against corruption. Now he is in custody on charges of extorting money from businessmen through his organization.


By 1993 the group gained control over almost half of Moscow businesses. Only few other bandits dared to confront with it. Mikhas had tremendous influence in the criminal world and had all the chances to become a thief in law. However, he and most of his gang members, except Averin, began to seek legalization, to withdraw from the criminal world.



Arnold Tamm a.k.a. Arnosha and Lolita


Besides being the largest in size, power of Solntsevskaya group could be explained by the fact that they enjoyed the support of FSK-FSB. At that time the counterintelligence agency developed a program against the Caucasian criminal clans, which rapidly grew into large cities. Among other things, the program included tacit support of Slavic criminal groups as a real force in opposition to Caucasians. In St. Petersburg they supported Tambovskaya gang and in Moscow they chose Solntsevskaya. The only non-Slavs from the capital's gang, which enjoyed the support of the KGB, was Lazanskaya group consisting of Chechenswhich had close ties with the FSK-FSB. According to some sources, it was set up by security services to oppose Slavic gangs, which began to exercise their authority as a substitute to official government structures. It was this group that Solntsevskaya gang had a major conflict with.


The bandits argued about control over a number of objects on Leninsky Prospekt. A series of armed clashes followed, leaving a group of gangsters killed. The situation threatened to escalate into one of the bloodiest criminal wars. One of the participants in the events once told Rumafia reporters how it was prevented.


The rival gangs turned to an old and respected thief in law, Anatoly Cherkasov (our interlocutor called him Uncle Tolia), who did not side with any of the criminal groups involved in the conflict. Solntsevskaya and Lazanskaya members, among whom there were Chechen thieves in law, from time to time abided by the decisions of criminal generals. After listening to opponents, the elderly mobster took a map of Moscow and drew a long pencil line banding along Leninsky Prospekt in zigzags. Objects on the one side the line were to go under control of Solntsevskaya group and those on the other side were to be for Lazanskaya group. The former received mainly objects towards the end of the Prospect and the latter had those mainly near the centre. Gangsters were satisfied. The war was prevented.



Reference


Business activities


1. Companies


According to the Jerusalem Interpol National Central Bureau, Solntsevskaya criminal group does business in various fields around the world. Some enterprises are legal and registered, while others are only partially legitimate.


Since late 1993 Mikhailov and the Averin brothers were abroad. Mikhailov was free again after being released from the Swiss prison. It is reported that he and the Averin brothers founded several companies, designed to finance illegal activities of their criminal group.


In Russia:


According to the information of Bern Interpol National Central Bureau, casino Maxim was controlled by Mikhailov. He also controlled Universitetsky formerly known as Valery, Olimpiyskiye Ogni (Russian for “olympic lights”), control over which is exercised by Mazutkinskaya and Solntsevskaya groups, and Tsentralny Dom Turistov (Russian for “central house of tourists”), located at 146 Leninsky Prospect, Moscow. This is the address of Mikhailov’s offices and most companies set up by Solntsevskaya group or those working on it.


Mikhailov is recognized as one of the owners of Systema Holding. According to Sofia Interpol NCB, Vladimir Yevtushenko born on September 25, 1948 is Systema Holding chairman of the board of directors, and Vladimir Kizyakovsky is the legal advisor of the firm. Mikhailov had a 250 million U.S. dollars contract for Systema Holding through a Swiss bank. According to information received from the Swiss authorities, Yevtushenko and Novitsky led about 50 companies involved in money laundering. Yevtushenko was an adviser with OICR that stands for Organisation Internationale de la Circulation Routiere, founded in August 1984 to include 11 former Soviet republics, except Russia. Yevtushenko and Novitsky tried to place the shares of Systema Holding on the Canadian stock market in Calgary. They resorted to the services of Bogatine or Yakov Bogatin. In 1995 Novitsky was arrested in Prague during the meeting of organized crime bosses.


In July 1995 OICR became an intergovernmental one, relocating its headquarters to Geneva, Switzerland. Among members of the organization there were Novitsky, Igor Gerasimov, born on April 20, 1946, and Aleksander Leyviman, a Software manager, born on January 29, 1949. Gerasimov and Leyviman were top-managers in Systema. It was suspicious that Mikhailov funded OICR.. Since his arrest in 1996 and the deportation of Novitsky sources of income of the organization dried up. Novitsky, Yevtushenko, and Leyviman were considered by financiers of Solntsevskaya gang and Novitsky was thought to be the coordinator. In 1999 – 2000 OICR was eliminated.


According to sources, Moscow-based Systema Hilding has revenue of about 450-million dollars and operates in the oil industry, telecommunications, tourism, insurance, and banking through MBRD (Moscow Bank for Reconstruction and Development). Its staff is about 30,000 people, including those working in branch offices. According to the company data, Systema Joint-Stock Financial Corporation was incorporated in June 1993. During three years its annual revenue increased 7-fold, and the consolidated property soared 4 times. Systema brought together about 100 companies, including leading research institutions, development centers, banks, insurance companies, travel agencies, etc. It is also involved in real estate transactions and has companies involved in computers and high technology.


According to the information provided by the sources, officially Systema is not associated with Mihkailov, but in fact there are contacts between this group of companies and Solntsevskaya gang.


In 1993 Systema in an indirect way became a shareholder of SV Holding, which is indirectly owned by Mikhailov. All this was done through IVK International.


SV Holding is a holding company that manages real estate, casinos, restaurants, and hotels. It was the first legal cover for the activities of Solntsevskaya group. For some time Leonid Orlov was CEO of this company. According to sources, there are close ties and common interests between Moscow mayor's office and SV Holding, founded by Mikhailov and Averin in 1993. They also share revenue from gasoline distribution.


IVK-International Group is engaged in computers and communications. They provide all the necessary devices for computer networks of Russian Ministry of Defense, banks, government agencies, the FSB (former KGB), and the tax administration. Through contact with Quant electronics factory, IVK participated in commercial satellites financing. IVK also has a stake in the first Russian company that has a share in New York. Bern and Washington D.C. Interpol National Bureaus note that Yevgeny Novitsky, born on November 19, 1957 is the general manager in IVK.



IVK, Agro Plus K + Mag, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, and Vasiliy Zimin invested in SV Holding, Moscow.


Moreover, SV Holding took part in the establishment of the following companies:


Everest, Victoria-2 (1), and Irina, located at the same address at 35, B. Filyovskaya, Moscow, 121 309. Leonid Orlov (according to information received, a member of Solntsevskaya group) was the owner of Everest or headed it. Aleksander Averin (cited as the leader of Solntsevskaya gang in the report) was the owner or head of Victoria-2, and Irina Shcherbakova (Interpol has no information about her) led of owned Irina.


Vnukovo Terminal CJSC, headquartered in Moscow at 6, Borovski Proezd, Apt. 36.


Zemlyane, headquartered in Moscow at 23-1, Solntsevskaya Str., Apt. 175, was co-founded by Aleksander Bakhtin.


Tibet CJSC, headquartered in Moscow at 12-1, Novoperedelkinskaya Str., Apt. 339, was co-founded by Yevgeny Oblov.


MTK-International CJSC headquartered in Moscow at 146, Lenin Str., was co-founded by Tonalito AG. According to the information provided by Interpol NCB in Washington D.C., 50% of MTK belongs to Aleksander Grim and the other 50% is owned by Sergei Mikhailov. Aleksander Grim, born on April 27, 1924, co-founded in Moscow Prof-Tonalito International, which is a subsidiary of Prof-Tonalito AG, headquartered in Switzerland at 28, Burgshtrasse, Glaris. Grim is the president of Prof-Tonalito in Switzerland. MTK owns 40% of CDT.


In August 1996 Grim went to Peru, where he, Mikhailov, and Averin invested money in a casino and a hotel, located on the Pacific coast, spending 10 - $ 15 million on this project.


Mikhailov, Averin, and Grim have focused their interests on a district of Argentina, namely mar del Plata.


Aeromaks 1, co-founded by Nikolai Talyzin, who has ties with Mikhailov, is headquartered at 12, Reisovaya Str., office 200, Moscow.


Agro Plus K + Mag in Zug, Switzerland, is also associated with SV Holding. Controlled by Azguzan Akmedov, it is a subsidiary of TSI and is headquartered in Tashkent.


According to the information of Interpol NCB in Wiesbaden, a trading company Agro-Plus K + Mag, headquartered in Zug at 2, Gutershtrasse, 6304, specializes in the sale of cotton and is controlled by Ghafoor Rakhimov, born on July 22, 1954. Boris Kandov, born on December 27, 1946 is the head and owner of it. He also directed the import-export company Agro Teck in Vienna. Agro Teck stands for Agro meaning food products, Te meaning energy, and K meaning trade. In Russia there is also a company registered as Agro Plus.


Rakhimov also owns Agro Plus Kem AG headquartered at 17, avenue Hoche, District 8, Paris, France, and is CEO of Agro Plus in Tashkent. According to sources, the manager of Agro Plus in Tashkent is Arthur Martirusyan, a Russian-Israeli businessman, nicknamed The Armenian. He was also a shareholder in Eurofood International, registered in Paris in 1996 and liquidated in 1999.


Mikhailov is the representative of the Russian company Blagovest SV, headquartered in Moscow at 146Leninsky Prospekt, Apt. 332, 117 526, Tel. 438-5138. The father of Tamm Arnold is the CEO. It is reported that Averin is also involved in this company. Blagovest SV is a charitable organization that has the license for renovation, construction, and mediation activities.


Solntsevskaya gang controlled Sayan Bank in Moscow.



Outside Russia:


In Austria:


Mikhailov was a co-owner of a restaurant and a strip bar. He and Averin invested in Vimmo, a company registered in Vienna. They used it to launder huge sums of criminal money collected in Russia. They did it through paying for food supplies for Russian troops.


In Belgium:


MAB International, established in January 1994 in Antwerp, Belgium at 5 de la De Keyserlev. Share capital of the company is 5 million Belgian francs. It is engaged in import-export trading and is a mediator and the actual consumer of different goods. MAB International is headed by Mikhailov, and Averin is the CEO.


Notes: Probably MAB stands for Mikhailov, Averin, Birshtayn.


Cyprus:


Mikhailov and Averin founded several companies in Cyprus, one of which is called Borima or Barima Trading ltd. These companies are used to launder money. Yevgeny Gusev, born on January 28, 1952, represented them in Cyprus, where he resides. Volgonet Trading ltd Cyprus office has a legal personality in Moscow. Mikhailov is its PR manager, but in fact the head of the company. Barima has a banking account in Cyprus Popular bank ltd in Limassol, in the same bank as the accounts of Volgonet Trading ltd and Volgonet Trust.


In Germany:


It was reported that Mikhailov used Mitras Handels Gmbh in Berlin, Germany to establish ties with other German companies. In June 2001 he met with the Managing Director Dimitri Mityushov to discuss several joint ventures, such as a park in Moscow, and a cafe.


In Israel:


In 1996 Mikhailov introduced himself in Israel as deputy director of Magnaex Vallakozot and a partner in five other companies.


In Latvia:


It is reported that Mikhailov and Viktor Averin use banking accounts in Parex Bank in Latvia, , 2 of which were identified as the accounts of Star Impex Corp. and Twin Shield Holding ltd. According to Interpol Riga NCB, Parex Bank management invited Mikhailov to Latvia as a representative of Blagovest SV.


In Switzerland:


Before Mikhailov was arrested in October 1996 in Switzerland, he almost signed an agreement with the managers of CFI Holding, located in Poulley, Switzerland and the Swiss company Line SA, also based in Switzerland. The agreement provided for the entire renovation of Moscow water supply network.


It was Mikhailov who operated Cougar Distribution SA, headquartered in Poulley, Switzerland. The company seized to exist in November 1997.


In the UK:


Tofik Asimov established 4 or 5 companies, one of which was Transportanic Investments. British authorities believe that the name of this company was later changed to Atkom Consulting. David Sanikidze and Viktor Averin were in charged of all activities of the company. Mikhailov and Averin used Atkom for money laundering.


In the U.S.:


Mikhailov is a board member in Karta Auto Brokers Ink. headquartered in Houston, USA.. In 1995 Mikhailov, Randy Abdudel and his brother Kevin founded KARTA Auto Brokers. Tanya Selikalay and Aleksey Korotaev were business partners. Mikhailov and Randy Abdudel also founded Sun Motors, an American company in Russia to control KARTA. The Celtex Corporation in Switzerland was a partner of both the above mentined companies (see section "stolen cars").


K.A.R.T.A. stands for Kevin (Abdudel), Armon (Selikay), Randy (Abdudel), Tanya (Selikay), Aleksey (Korotaev).


In addition, Mikhailov was directly involved in the establishment of the following companies, founded by Semion Mogilevich:


Maxim


• SV Holding


• Arbat International, a joint venture


Emire Bond in Israel


Arigon


• Magnex in Hungary,


MAB International in Belgium


YBM Magnex



Interpol General Secretariat, Swiss working meeting, June 18-19, 2002



To be continued

Thomas Petrov, Alexey Gordon, Rumafia.com