RUSSIA: UKRAINIAN MILLIONAIRE PAVEL KLIMITS arrested in Moscow for giving a bribe
According to investigators, the entrepreneur gave a bribe to approve a particular business plan related to the activities of the Bakhchisarai Crimean Distillery, which had previously been part of his company, Olymp.
Ukrainian businessman Pavel Klimets was again arrested in Moscow on suspicion of giving a bribe on a particularly large scale. The director general of Olymp alcoholic company, Yulia Samoilova, was arrested, Kommersant reports. The Khamovnichesky Court of Moscow placed them in custody until June 10. Millionaire’s defense appealed the first decision to arrest to the Moscow City Court of Appeal out of violations of the Criminal Procedure Code, the court canceled the detention order, sending the case for a new trial. The defendants were left in custody.
According to the Investigation Committee of Russia, the entrepreneur transferred money to approve a business plan related to the activities of the Bakhchisarai Crimean Distillery, previously part of Olymp, and thus gaining access to its management. A statement about a bribe was written by a former lawyer and well-known fixer, Gor Chudopalov, who is now under arrest in a bribery case investigated against a high-ranking Dagestan Interior Ministry official. According to the applicant, Klimets transferred the money through Samoilova. Thus, they are charged with part 5 of Art. 291 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Giving) and part 5 of Art. 291.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Mediation in Giving a Bribe).
The defense offered to place a businessperson under house arrest in an apartment on Kutuzovsky Avenue. A friend of the accused, Leonid Dupak, offered to pay a deposit for him – 5 million rubles, which are in his bank box. The same amount was offered for Yulia Samoilova, but the court placed them in the Lefortovo SIZO. The recipient of the bribe is not yet known.
Pavel Klimets is a Ukrainian politician and businessman. He was a member of the Verkhovna Rada from 2006 to 2012. His company Olymp is engaged in the production and sale of alcohol. From 2011 to 2015, Klimets was one of the wealthiest people in Ukraine, but after 2014 he lost assets in the Crimea. Since then, his fortune has decreased to $34 million.
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