The Prosecutor General’s office is preparing an appeal to the United States on providing international legal assistance in checking illegal transactions with shares of “Gazprom”. As reported by the official representative of Department Alexander Kurennoy, in the query contains the request to check for compliance with the American legislation deals with the participation of an international group, which included businessman William Browder, reports TASS.
The representative of the Prosecutor General reminded that in Russia investigates criminal case on the illegal acquisition in the period from 1997 to 2005 at least 200 million shares of OJSC “Gazprom”, the tax evasion and deliberate bankruptcy of companies. According to him, the shares were purchased by the investment Fund Ziff Brothers Investments through a network of U.S. and offshore companies who “had money” on account of open in Russia legal entities. Those, in turn, “bought shares of “Gazprom” in St. Petersburg and Moscow brokerage trading platforms”, thus skirting the prohibition in the decree of the President of Russia on the procedure of circulation of shares of “Gazprom”.
Subsequently, according to investigators, the shares were transferred to the Cypriot company, and the money received under the form of dividends derived in another entity. One of the leaders of this process, according to the prosecution, was Browder. “The Russian law enforcement authorities have reason to believe that these actions violated a number of regulations of the United States, including the law on investment activities, and may be the reason for criminal prosecution of the American competent authorities,” summed up Kurennoy.
The Supervisory office stated that the actions of the NGO had violated a number of regulations of the United States, including the law on investment activities. Moscow hopes that the us government will provide the necessary information about the scheme for the withdrawal of Russian assets to complete the investigation and transfer the case to the court
A UK citizen, Browder was the head of the Fund Hermitage Capital. Since 2005, he officially closed the entry into Russia. In 2013, the court sentenced the financier to nine years in a penal colony for swindle in especially large size. Three times Russia asked Interpol to arrest Browder, but the request was rejected.
According to the Russian investigators, Browder from 1997 to 2004 illegally acquired more than 131 million shares of “Gazprom” on inter-market price worth more than 2 billion roubles, than has caused damage to Russia in the amount of 2.9 billion RUB At the end of December last year, the media reported a new criminal case against Browder.