The persons involved do not admit guilt, insisting that civil law relations have become the subject of a criminal case. It should be noted that as part of the investigation, as reported by the representative of the Basmanny Court Yunona Tsarev, a security arrest was imposed on Mr. Abyzov’s funds in the amount of about 9 billion rubles, as well as on various property of the former minister. Since the value of these assets far exceeds the amount of damage in the case, it can be very likely to assume that the arrest was made in the expectation that the prosecutor’s office would later go to court with the claim that the state’s funds and property of the ex-minister be received as a result of violations of anti-corruption laws.
In turn, the defense of Mr. Abyzov, who offered to place him under house arrest or release him on bail, argued that the arguments of the investigation in favor of his detention in the SIZO were not confirmed by anything, and the accusation against him was unfounded. Lawyer Sergey Drozd noted that the measure of restraint should also be softened due to the fact that “Abyzov’s mother and children are in a helpless state”. The defenders expressed bewilderment about how, being a minister, Mr. Abyzov could lead the criminal community.
The speech of Mr. Abyzov himself was quite long and very emotional. “The investigation needs only one thing from me - that I stipulate myself and other people. How can I co-ordinate those whom I have not seen, while being at a meeting of the government of the Russian Federation, he said in court. All my activities were under the supervision of services, any of my contacts were recorded, including on sensitive sites. After all, one can turn to them, find out all the information of interest, but the investigation does not do anything ... I am imputed to the 210th article of the Criminal Code, where there are 15 to 20 years in a penal colony. Why not terrorism, not banditry? ”The former official also complained about the pressure from the investigation.
The property allegedly affiliated with me, the assets were arrested, all this for 20 billion rubles with imputed damage of 4 billion, with a maximum fine of not more than 500 million rubles. What is it like? - Mr. Abyzov was indignant.
“Now these assets are being arrested in order to destroy the business, in order to put pressure on me ... I did not commit a crime that I was suspected of and accused by the investigation ... During the four months I was in the SIZO, I realized that this is all a big, global absurdity.”
However, the arguments of the accused and the defense did not convince the chairman Arthur Karpov, and he granted the request of the investigation, extending the period of arrest to the defendants until October 25.