Basmanny court arrested businessman Mikhalchenko

Basmanny court of Moscow arrested Director General of the holding company “Forum” Dmitry Mikhalchenko, who is accused of smuggling of alcoholic beverages, the correspondent from a court hall. Businessman remanded in custody until may 29, 2016, a ruling was made by judge Arthur Karpov.

Commenting on the decision of the court, Mikhalchenko said that he saw no connection between accusing him of smuggling alcohol with charges of embezzlement in the Ministry of culture, which were searched in the holding company that he heads. The businessman also added that detention would have a negative impact on the operations of the holding company “Forum”.

The court received also the petition of the investigating authorities about the measures of restraint in form of detention in respect of three defendants in the case, said court spokesman Juno Tsarev. According to her, they were charged under the same article, and Mikhalchenko, — smuggling of alcohol-organized group (part 3, article 200.2 of the criminal code), which prescribes punishment in the form of imprisonment for the term from seven till twelve years with a fine of up to $ 2 mln.

The lawyer Mikhalchenko Alexey Egorov asked the court to defer consideration of the request of the investigation about the detention because he had not had the opportunity to read the case. Egorov explained that Mikhalchenko was detained on Sunday, 29 March at 15:30 GMT, and he did not have time to review the case. The consequence of suggested to do a break for 30 minutes, the judge agreed with this proposal and announced a break.

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After the break, the consequence asked court to arrest the businessman. Mikhalchenko was accused of smuggling alcohol in 2015, the creation of an organized criminal group that smuggled alcohol from the port of Hamburg under the guise of construction sealant. The damage caused by Mikhalchenko the result was estimated at 2 million rubles.

Himself Mikhalchenko assured that is not going to hide from the investigation and proposed bail of 50 million roubles. the lawyer of the businessman asked the court to extend by 72 hours the period of detention, to bring from St. Petersburg required documents and the certificate about state of health Mikhalchenko. The lawyer also said that Mikhalchenko detained at the direction of “people first” as the name of the businessman is mentioned in connection with the case of the Ministry of culture. He also requested to release the detainee on bail of 50 million rubles.

The investigator objected to this proposal. He referred to media assessments, according to which his fortune is 18 billion rubles.

As told a source in the UK, the investigation into the smuggling began before the investigation of plunders in the Ministry of culture. In the case of the Ministry of culture appears Mikhalchenko owned by the company Baltstroy, Director which the court in Moscow was arrested March 16 on charges of embezzlement during the restoration of Novodevichy convent. The source also said that during a search of the holding company “Forum”, which took place in the case of the Ministry of culture, were discovered additional documents relating to the smuggling of alcohol.

As previously already wrote , a case of smuggling of alcohol is a senior investigator of GSU SK of the Russian Federation Sergey Novikov. He previously led high-profile case of the generals of the interior Ministry of Denis Sugrobov and Kolesnikov. The closed trial in the case started in the Moscow city court on 25 January 2016. In the dock was the ex-head of the Main Directorate of economic security and counteraction of corruption (Guebipk) Ministry of internal Affairs General Denis Sugrobov and eight others. In addition to them held by the accused and the deceased Deputy Sugrobov Borys Kolesnikov.