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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kerimov released on bail of five million: what the French accuse the Senator


Russian Senator Suleiman Kerimov, a detainee recently in nice, France on suspicion of financial fraud, was released on bail of 5 million euros. However, a member of the Federation Council took his passport and ordered him several times a week to report to the police. Kerimov is also forbidden to leave the Maritime Alps (South-East Department of France) and to meet with some people, a list of which were not made public. Obviously, we are talking about individuals involved in the fraudulent scheme, participation in which the accused and the Senator. It is known that in the framework of the investigation have been arrested at least four people.


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To bail Kerimov has been formally charged. According to the Prosecutor of nice, Jean-Michel Pretre, we are talking about money laundering and tax evasion in the purchase of expensive real estate on the Cote d’azur.

According to the newspaper Nice Matin, Senator, according to investigators, through nominees acquired four villas – Hier, Medi Roc, Lexa and Florella, the total area is over 90,000 square meters. It says close to the investigation source, allowed the Russian policy to significantly reduce tax payments to the French side. Damage from the alleged actions of Kerimov is estimated at “tens of millions of euros”.

It is known that, formally, the property belongs to the Swiss businessman Alexander Studhalter (at home he has his own management company, which he founded together with his brother). He called himself “sole owner” referred to will. Meanwhile, according to Forbes, Kerimov Studhalter and long-standing business relationship.

What is the basis of the allegations of the prosecution, if it would be Russian Senator has villas, is unclear. According to local press, some mentioned real estate in the first half of this year was raided. In the course of them, as reported by the French media, was discovered documents, including bills standing in the garage of the car, indicating that Kerimov – owner of and real estate, and cars.

In the summer of 2017 to the Villa Hier was arrested and she was transferred to the Agency for management of confiscated property. The reason for this action is the suspicion that the price of property when buying it was understated. So, today, the value of Hier is estimated at 150 million euros. And in 2008, when Studhalter purchased a Villa, its market value amounted to 127 million euros. However, it is purchased she was just 35 million, and the remaining 92 million “settled” on Swiss Bank accounts, according to the newspaper Le Figaro. He Studhalter assured that an independent examination in 2008 generally determined the price only 31 million

In addition to Karimov in the case of money laundering and tax evasion had previously been detained and interrogated four people, whose names are not specified. It is known that we are talking about the attorney on financial issues, living on the French Riviera, one French citizen and two businessmen from Switzerland. In the case that the participation of the Russian Senator of the alleged crimes will be proved, to it threatens till ten years of imprisonment.

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