Posted 11 января 11:34

Published 11 января 11:34

Modified 11 января 11:43

Updated 11 января 11:43

The court arrested Boris Zimin in absentia* in the case of fraud on a particularly large scale

11 января 2023, 11:34
The Tverskoy Court of Moscow arrested in absentia the son of the founder of the company "Vimpelcom" (Beeline brand) businessman Boris Zimin*. He is accused of fraud with 52% of the shares of the car-sharing company BelkaCar for 567 million rubles.

"To satisfy the petition of the investigative body for the election of a preventive measure for Zimin* in the form of detention in absentia", - the judge announced the decision, the words of which are transmitted by a TASS correspondent from the courtroom.

Zimin* is accused of a crime, in accordance with Part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation — Fraud on a particularly large scale.

Earlier, the Ministry of Internal Affairs declared the entrepreneur on the international wanted list. At the trial, the lawyer indicated that the defendant lives in Israel and is not hiding from the investigation.According to RIA Novosti, referring to the petition of the investigation, Zimin* as part of an organized group, by deceiving a citizen of Germany Benedict Sobotka, committed fraud with 52% of the shares of the car-sharing company BelkaCar for 567 million rubles.

The deception consists in the concealment of facts and criminal intent to alienate common shares of the company. Sobotka, co-founder of the Swiss company Bryanston Resources AG (BRAG), accused compatriot Ralph Novak and Fabian Kreicher of making a deal "behind his back" and at a low price. He filed an application with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, and also conducts lawsuits in Switzerland, Germany, South Africa, Cyprus, but at the moment unsuccessfully.

TASS notes that Novak and an employee of the Russian company "Brynston" Ilnur Azmukhanov were previously sent to jail.

Two episodes are indicated in their case: the theft and sale of a controlling stake in the Russian LLC "Brynston", as well as the illegal sale of 52.4% of the shares of the Cypriot BelkaCar Ltd. Kreicher was put on the international wanted list in August 2022 and arrested in absentia by the Tverskoy Court of Moscow.Sobotka also filed a lawsuit to recover 4 billion rubles from the perpetrators.

This was stated by Judge Alexey Krivoruchko during the consideration of the investigation's petition for the arrest of Zimin in absentia*, as reported by RIA Novosti* - an individual performing the functions of a foreign agent.