MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
On October 20, 2020, the Gagarinsky District Court of Moscow satisfied the claim of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation against the former Minister of the Russian Federation for coordinating the activities of the Open Government, Mikhail Abyzov, and five foreign companies; 32.5 billion rubles were collected.
The grounds for filing the claims were the circumstances indicating that Abyzov, occupying a public office from 05/21/2012 to 05/07/2018, systematically violated the prohibitions established by laws.
So, when he entered the service, Abyzov hid information about his real property status, in particular, about his ownership of at least 5 offshore companies registered in the Republic of Cyprus and other foreign financial instruments. He also had securities of at least 10 Russian companies with a par value of over 9 billion rubles.
Information about the presence of the named property Abyzov, as a civil servant, has not been declared for 5 years. Moreover, during the period of service, he continued to engage in entrepreneurial activity, to extract income from legal entities under his control. At the same time, Abyzov concealed his participation in commercial organizations and the funds received from the employer and society. To do this, he registered them as dummies, and in the territories of the Republic of Cyprus and the city of Moscow organized the functioning of shadow offices located for secrecy in residential apartments.
In 2018, Abyzov, using his official status, personally took part in the sale for 32.5 billion rubles of shares of SIBEKO OJSC, which is the main supplier of heat and electricity in the Siberian Federal District. To this end, he and his proxies held repeated meetings with representatives of buyers – JSC Kuzbassenergo, JSC Khakasskaya Service and Repair Company, at which they discussed the terms of transactions, issues of integrity and financial solvency. To obtain additional guarantees of the security of the transaction, Abyzov, as a federal minister, personally negotiated with the management of PJSC Sovcombank.
The result of Abyzov’s illegal activities was the conclusion on 02/07/2018 on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus of two agreements for the sale of shares of SIBEKO OJSC in favor of Kuzbassenergo AO and Khakass Service and Repair Company AO.
After that, 32.5 billion rubles were transferred to the accounts of foreign companies controlled by him opened in PJSC Sovcombank, which were his illegal income received in violation of the prohibitions and restrictions established by anti-corruption legislation.
This and other news can be found on the information and communication service of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation “EFIR” at: air.General Prok.Gov.ru
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