On February 5, 2020, the Khabarovsk Regional Court granted the petition of the investigation for the detention of the Sakhalin businessman Oleg Kan, known as the “crab king” and who was one of the largest crab producers in Russia. The decision of the trial court, which refused the arrest, was canceled. About this "Vedomosti" said the assistant judge Vitaly Shilovsky. Kahn’s lawyer Valery Folomkin did not comment on the decision, because he had not yet seen his motivation.
The Investigative Committee sought the arrest of the businessman: he considers Kan to be the organizer of the murder of businessman Valery Pkhidenko. The Investigative Committee did not answer questions.
Essence of the matter
Pkhidenko was killed in Vladivostok in 2010, according to investigators. Kang was charged with organizing the murder and put on the wanted list. However, the investigative authorities of the Sakhalin Oblast eventually stopped the criminal prosecution. At the end of 2018, the chairman of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed to verify the legality of the previous decisions. Bastrykin’s order was given after several investigations into the crab business in Russia were launched on several federal television channels. They spoke about the smuggling of the Russian crab abroad, which Kan's companies allegedly engaged in. Soon searches were going on in his companies.
Pkhidenko also engaged in fishing. A person familiar with the materials of the investigation in the case against Kahn recalls that there was an attempt on Kahn himself in 2005. According to investigators, Pkhidenko told his friend Dmitry Polyakov that he had organized an attempt on Kan.
The representative of the FSB Directorate of the Sakhalin Region, as Vesti reported, talked about some information that since the beginning of the 2000s. in the Far Eastern Federal District, an organized group of smugglers operates in the crab market. According to him, the supply contracts were concluded, inter alia, between the Sakhalin company Moneron (founded by Kan, now owned by his associate Dmitry Pashov) and a company from Panama. The cost of the crab, according to this information, was underestimated in order to reduce customs payments. The murder of Pkhidenko was also mentioned there.