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MOSCOW, November 9 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Investigation Committee opened a new criminal case against former deputy of the State Duma Ashot Yegiazaryan and other people suspected of the legalization of funds and other property acquired in a crime, spokesman for the Russian Investigation Committee Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Friday.
The criminal case concerns 460 uncertificated shares of the closed joint stock company Centurion Olymp at a total cost of no less than 720 million roubles.
“The detectives found that Ashot Yegiazaryan together with unidentified people in a preliminary conspiracy effectuated a deal with the property misappropriated from Vitaly Smagin at a total of 460 uncertificated shares (20% of full stock) of the closed joint stock company Centurion Alliance to the tune of no less than 720 million roubles to legalize the possession, use and disposal of the foresaid property acquired in the illegal way,” Markin said.
The court also ruled on Friday to find Yegiazaryan as a defendant in absentia, because he is on the international wanted list.
“Under the court rulings the property of defendants Artyom and Ashot Yegiazaryan that is the full stock of the closed joint stock company Titul and an account in a commercial bank was arrested,” Markin said.
Two other criminal cases were previously opened against Yegiazaryan.
The detectives found that in 2002 and 2003 Yegiazaryan offered to his acquaintance Mikhail Ananyev to participate in the funding of the construction of a trading centre on the Rublevskoye Highway and the reconstruction of the Moskva Hotel, pledging to grant a stake to him in the future. Failing to fulfil the agreements, Yegiazaryan misused a sum of over 0.5 billion roubles at his own discretion. Meanwhile, the detectives found that the rights for a 20% stake, which Vitaly Smagin owned in the company Centurion Alliance, which possesses a trade and entertainment centre Europark on the Rublevskoye Highway at a total cost of over 1.5 billion roubles.
Meanwhile, the criminal case was opened against Yegiazaryan and his proxy over misappropriation through fraud and abuse of delegating the right for a stake, which Mikhail Ananyev owns in the company Invest-Centre at a total cost of about six billion roubles.