As Kommersant learned, the investigative department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is petitioning for the absentee arrest of David Kaplan, the former business partner of the co-owners of the Summa group, Ziyavudin and Magomed Magomedov. Mr. Kaplan, who lives in Israel, is accused of especially large-scale fraud. According to investigators, the former co-owner of the Lithuanian bank Snoras, David Kaplan, was a member of the OGF of the Magomedov brothers, the investigation of which has already been completed, and they are getting acquainted with the case file.
David Kaplan has never been a shareholder of the Summa group, whose co-owners - the Magomedov brothers and four other defendants - are accused of creating an OPS and multi-billion dollar thefts. The investigation ended just the other day collecting evidence of Mr. Kaplan’s involvement in his alleged accomplices. The result was an appeal to the Tver District Court of Moscow with a petition for the absentee arrest of David Kaplan, who lives in Israel and is a citizen of this country, on charges of especially large fraud (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
The consideration of the application is scheduled for November 28. Moreover, the businessman has already been put on the international wanted list.
According to some reports, David Kaplan met the Magomedov brothers in the mid-1990s, when he acquired a stake in the Lithuanian bank Snoras. Its counterparty was the Diamant Moscow Bank bought in 1995 by Messrs. Magomedovs. The license was revoked from him in June 2001 in connection with the “establishment of facts of inaccuracy of the reported data”. In addition, the media attributed to a native of Lithuania, David Kaplan, close ties with the local criminal group Vilnius Brigade.
According to Kommersant’s information, the investigation believes that in recent years, Mr. Kaplan was a shadow financier of the Magomedov brothers. According to some reports, one of the episodes blamed on David Kaplan is related to the creation of infrastructure on Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. At that time, David Kaplan headed the board of directors of Intex LLC (part of the Summa group), which was engaged in the creation of an alluvial territory on the island where the Zenith Arena was built. According to investigators, as well as the Magomedov brothers, David Kaplan and the former head of Intex, Arthur Maksidov, participated in the theft of 650 million rubles from the budget.
It should be noted that it was precisely with the arrest of Messrs. Magomedovs and Maksidov that the investigation of the high-profile criminal case about multi-billion-dollar thefts of budget funds began. As Kommersant already said, in March 2018, the same Tver court in Moscow arrested the brothers Magomedov and Artur Maksidov. The Investigative Department accuses them of organizing or participating in a criminal community, embezzlement and fraud, committed on an especially large scale (Article 210, part 4 of article 159 and part 4 of article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to investigators, Ziyavudin Magomedov oversaw the “economic” activities of the OPS, and his brother Magomed provided political and power cover for illegal operations. At the same time, Arthur Maksidov was their closest ally, according to law enforcement agencies. According to investigators, the damage from their actions amounted to 11 billion rubles. Now the defendants in this case are getting acquainted with the materials collected in relation to them by the investigation, numbering almost 1 thousand volumes.