The Tver District Court refused to arrest the Moldovan oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, who was accused in absentia by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of organizing a criminal community, who had delivered hundreds of kilograms of hash from Russia to Morocco in six years, marked with € or the Audi emblem.
The Tver court did not consider the petition of the Investigative Department (SD) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for long. After hearing the lawyer Daria Konstantinova, representing the interests of Vladimir Plahotniuc, the judge only clarified with the investigator whether the Moldovan oligarch was put on the international wanted list and whether the criminal cases brought against him were merged into one proceeding.
Mr. Plahotniuc, who is now living in the USA, is accused in absentia by the same SD of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia of creating an organized criminal community (OPS; article 210 of the Criminal Code) for the withdrawal of billions of rubles from Russia, and the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) - of organizing an attempt (article 30 and Art. 105 of the Criminal Code) on his political opponent, Renato Usatii.
Having heard twice “no” from the representative of the investigation, the judge retired to the deliberation room. After leaving about twenty minutes later, the judge dismissed the arrest petition - which in fact means refusal. Mrs. Konstantinova considered it logical. She noted that Vladimir Plahotniuc has nothing to do with drugs, and called his criminal prosecution politically motivated.
The lawyer noted that two years ago, Interpol had already refused for political reasons to bring Mr. Plahotniuc into his search base at the Russian request, therefore, she considers new efforts in this direction pointless.
The Investigative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs considers the oligarch to be the organizer of an international drug cartel, which has supplied hundreds of kilograms of hashish from Morocco to Russia. According to investigators, the drug cartel originated in the mid-2000s, when Moldovan criminal authorities Oleg Prutyanu (Borman) and Semyon Stigarescu (Sasha Athlete, Patlaty) were serving long sentences in a Lisbon prison for racketeering and kidnapping. Sasha Athlete, for example, received 21 years. In prison, they met the Spanish felon Manuel Silvino Palma de la Paz (Lolo), who was behind the organization of drug trafficking from Morocco. The Spaniard and told them about the prospects of the criminal business. In 2012, when Borman was released, and Sasha the Athlete was deported to serve his sentence in Moldova, where he immediately left, the Spanish "authority" flew to them in Chisinau. In June 2012, according to the prosecution, in the company of prison friends, he met with the then head of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Plahotniuc, who, according to the investigation, represented the interests of local organized crime.
The meeting participants discussed hashish supply routes, their volumes, transportation costs and shared the estimated profit between the organizers of drug trafficking.
Lolo, along with his acquaintance Isidore Fernandez Guzman (Isi), got the purchase of drugs in Morocco and their transport to Spain. Borman and Sasha the Athlete undertook to ensure interaction with the criminal world and the transportation of hash in Europe. And Vladimir Plahotniuc, having learned that the estimated profit should be 1000%, as stated in the case file, promised the protection of drug traffickers by the authorities and law enforcement agencies of Moldova, the case file said. In addition, according to investigators, one of the most influential Moldovan politicians of that time, took upon himself financial issues, including the legalization of money received from drug trafficking through banks controlled by him.