On this day the court confirmed the verdict against “benefactors from Yukos laundry”

On this day the court confirmed the verdict against “benefactors from Yukos laundry”

Under the guise of charitable activity, they siphoned and laundered through shell firms 342 million rubles. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on April 12, 2006.

On this day 16 years ago, on April 12, 2006, the Moscow City Court found legal the verdict against Alexey Kurtsin, the deputy office manager of the company “Yukos-Moskva”. On December 1, 2005, the Lefortovo District Court of Moscow sentenced him to 14 years of imprisonment for money laundering. Together with Kurtsin, connected to the case was a whole group of persons, on whom the court imposed sentences ranging from 2 to 13 years of imprisonment.

(See also the article “On this day, they took in a «charity» money laundry” and the article “On this day crashed the “charity” laundry of Yukos”).

It's worth reminding that, in December 2005, the court adjudged Kurtsin and other eight defendants guilty of all 13 episodes. “Kurtsin”, pointed out the Judge, “acted in concert with Mikhail Trushin, the vice-president of the JSC “Yukos-Moskva”. The defense of the defendants decided to appeal this verdict. In their cassation claims the lawyers of all nine defendants of the case asked to reverse the verdict and drop the case against all the defendants.

And so, on April 12, 2006, the Moscow City Court, having studied the received materials of the case, as well as the arguments of the sides, came to the conclusion that the legal arguments of Kurtsin’s defense, demanding to reverse the verdict, were unsubstantiated, and the guilty verdict remained in force. However, the court changed the verdict against the other three defendants of this case. It reduced the term of sentence of Dmitry Shlensky from 11 years to five, and the terms of Sergey Baldykov and Nikolay Yumin – from six to four years of imprisonment. As to the other six defendants of the case, the court left their verdicts unchanged.

(See also background information “Court cases of Alexey Kurtsin, top manager of the Oil Company “Yukos-Moskva”, and the article “A brigade of cash out masters left a lot of traces in the bank “Neftyanoy”).

A NETWORK OF DUMMY OFFICES

“According to the materials of the case, Kurtsin together with Mikhail Trushin, the senior vice-president of the company “Yukos-Moskva”, were laundering money through fictitious charity foundations. As was established, Kurtsin, with assistance from Trushin, organized a scheme of siphoning money of the oil company through dummy social foundations and charity organizations. On the whole, through “charitable laundries”, from January to June 2004, they pumped 342 million rubles. This net included dummy offices in Moscow, Tula, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Ivanovo, Kaluga, Rostov-on-Don, Vladimir, Izhevsk, and Neftekamsk. The charge against this group of persons was filed under Article 160, paragraph 4, Article 174, paragraph 4, Article 174-1, paragraph 4, of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – misappropriation or embezzlement, and money laundering, correspondingly. The efforts to declared in courts that the defendants didn’t count their activity criminal, the court estimated skeptically – it was found out that all participants of Kurtsin’s scheme received for their actions remuneration, acting, actually, at their own risk and peril”, notes the website Prigovor.ru.

(See the previous article “On this day, Khodorkovsky lied in his last statement in court”. In order to move to pity the judges of the Meschansky District Court of Moscow, the swindler called himself a “Russia’s patriot” and promised to work “for the good of my country and my people”.  The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on April 11, 2005).

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