A criminal case against businessmen in February 2019 was brought to the Main Directorate of the Russian Interior Ministry in Moscow. They are charged with three episodes of fraud under Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code. The charge on all the episodes is similar: allegedly, under the guise of new machines, the merchants put the second-hand equipment to contractors on forged documents. At the same time, none of the victims filed a claim for damage - all three episodes were revealed according to reports from the FSB department in the Lipetsk region, whose head until May 2019 was Kirill Gritsai, and now Vladimir Ovchinnikov.
The CSC expert drew attention to the fact that during the pre-investigation check the examination of equipment and documents was not carried out, respectively, the investigator, who does not have a special education, could not independently draw conclusions about the condition of the machines and the authenticity of the papers.
The defense of the Petrov brothers believes that their case is custom-made and was the result of a corporate conflict with the Rostec state corporation, whose director general is Sergey Chemezov.
“Rostec” has subsidized STP-Lipetsk Machine-Tool Enterprise, through its holding company Stankoprom, and in return had to receive a portion of the company's shares. But Petrovs refused this step, citing the fact that the state corporation did not fulfill the terms of the contract and allocated less than it had been supposed to.
Now the preliminary investigation of the criminal case is not over, but the preventive measure in the form of detention is extended by Petrov until August 20th. While the businessmen were in the SIZO, Rostec received the shares it claimed.
The CSC members believe that the case of businessmen belongs to the sphere of civil disputes, and the position of the security forces can be explained by the influence of Rostec top managers. The request of businessmen public figures accepted for consideration.
During the meeting on July 30, the CSC experts also took into consideration the appeal in the interests of the former General Director of National Development Company JSC Konstantin Remizov. Remizov arrested under Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, and the businessman has been in the SIZO for almost a year since September 2018 The investigation is conducted by the Central Office of the Interior Ministry in Moscow.
In what the merchant is essentially charged, it is quite difficult to understand. According to investigators, in 2011 the entrepreneur overestimated the costs of designing and building three residential buildings and a kindergarten, as a result of which the project shareholder, Absolute Group LLC, lost over 550 million rubles in dividends from the sale of apartments.
At the same time, the rights of the Absolute Group company as a shareholder were not confirmed during legal examinations. In addition, as established by the CEP members, in the course of the investigation, instead of a construction one, an organizational and technical expertise was carried out, which contains unfounded and erroneous conclusions. And in the actions of the initiator of the conflict - the leadership of the Absolute company - the experts found signs of a raider component.