The Krasnogorsk City Court of the Moscow Region turned undeclared assets worth 10.5 billion rubles to the state, which belonged to Alexander Shestun, the former head of the Serpukhov District, as well as to his relatives and proxies. In total, the court satisfied the claims of the Prosecutor General’s Office to 15 individuals and 20 legal entities. Moreover, the massive seizure of property from the latter is a precedent in Russian legal proceedings, as is the sum of confiscated assets.
The announcement of the decision on the suit of the Prosecutor General’s Office took over an hour from judge Svetlana Potapova. At the same time, most of the time, approximately 45 minutes, she transferred property that is subject to recourse to state income. Alexander Shestun himself participated in the meeting by means of video conferencing. Unlike the previous process, where he very sharply commented on the decisions of the judge and she broke off the connection with the SIZO, this time the ex-official was more restrained. However, Mrs. Potapov still cut short his speech, finding that Alexander Shestun speaks for too long and not to the point.
As a result, as follows from the announced decision, in the period from 2003, when Alexander Shestun headed the Serpukhov district, and until his arrest in 2018, he illegally “acquired at least 771 real estate objects with a total cadastral value of 2.56 billion rubles, of which 654 are land plots in the Serpukhov District of the Moscow Region with a total area of over 13.8 million square meters. m, as well as more than 43 expensive cars, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles and other equipment of prestigious brands Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, Toyota, Land Rover "and so on. more than 49.9 million rubles. The market value of the entire property exceeded 10.5 billion rubles.
Why was Alexander Shestun suspected of fraud and money laundering?
The court agreed with the arguments of the senior prosecutor in charge of supervising the investigation of particularly important cases of the Prosecutor General’s Office Stepan Tyukavkin that Mr. Shestun “with a view to avoiding the need for declaring and hiding his real property status” registered property and vehicles for relatives and proxies . Most of the real estate - 315 objects cadastral value of nearly 300 million rubles. was recorded as a longtime business partner and friend of Mr. Shestun, a local deputy Boris Krivodubsky, who fled from investigation abroad and is on the international wanted list, and his spouse. Another hundred objects owned by the mother of Alexander Shestun, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, childhood friends, realtors and even movers of the store "Bravo", owned by his friends.
The court agreed with the information cited by Mr. Tyukavkin that a part of the co-defendants in the lawsuit admitted that “the actual owner of the land, facilities and vehicles registered on them is Shestun A. V., the property was acquired at the expense of his funds, they themselves were expenses, related to the conclusion of sales transactions, not carried. " True, the defendants themselves or their representatives did not participate in person at one court session.
Note that on Monday, for the first time in the history of Russian legal proceedings, a massive seizure of property took place immediately from 20 legal entities.
In particular, the court decided that for the purpose of illegal withdrawal of land from municipal property to private Mr. Shestun used the companies Krivoduba Agrorezerv, Bravo, Carnival, Sphere and others registered by his business partner. At the same time, as follows from the court decision, “to complicate the fact of identifying corruption schemes for removing land from the property of a municipal district, they were repeatedly transferred through imaginary transactions from some persons controlled by the Sixteen to others, decisions were made to merge and split them”.
In total, the property of organizations controlled by Alexander Shestun included “no less than 149 real estate objects with a total cadastral value of over 1.28 billion rubles. and more than 13 units of self-propelled vehicles worth over 7.3 million rubles. " For example, as the court established, it is Mr. Shestun who is the actual owner of the Drakino Park Hotel, located in the village of Serpukhov of the same name and registered at Krugosvet LLC, as well as at the Bear Bear Den recreation center located in Priluki of the Serpukhov District and owned LLC "Vinter".
From the materials read out in court, it followed that the cadastral value of these two objects was about 280 million rubles, but after the start of the prosecutor's check, attempts were made to sell them at a market price of almost 1.7 billion rubles.
The defense of Alexander Shestun and numerous co-defendants in this case intend to appeal the decision in the Moscow Region. In particular, representatives of Krugosvet LLC consider that “the arguments of the plaintiff that Shestun is the actual owner of their property are unfounded and have not been confirmed by anything”. Julia Shestun, the spouse of the former head of the district under arrest on charges of fraud (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code), bribery (part 6 of article 290 of the Criminal Code), legalization of funds received as a result of crimes (part 4 of article 174.1), and illegal business activities (article 289 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). At the end of the trial, she told reporters that her family was literally kicked out into the street, taking everything not only from her, but from their parents.
A well-known human rights activist Lev Ponomarev, in a conversation with “Kommersant”, called the court decision regarding Alexander Shestun “illegal”, recalling that it was the former head of the Serpukhov district who initiated the fight against underground casinos, whose prosecutors allegedly considered as patrons.
It should be noted that the case against the ex-supervisors actually collapsed.
Satisfied with the Krasnogorsk court, the claim for the recovery of property from violators of anti-corruption legislation was a record in the history of modern Russia. In terms of the size of the confiscated assets, he even lost two penalties totaling more than 9 billion rubles, taken against the ex-Interior Ministry officer Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko and his numerous mistresses and relatives.