Russian Senator Kerimov accused of non-payment of 400 million euros in taxes on five villas in Nice

Suleyman Kerimov


Director Cedric Fozhru and a 46-year-old woman, a real estate agent whose name is not specified, also became involved in the case.

Law enforcement authorities of France accused Russian senator and businessman Suleyman Kerimov of not paying 400 million euros of taxes for the purchase of five villas, reports Agence France-Presse, referring to a source familiar with the case materials.

The investigation believes that about 40 million euros for the villas were paid in cash, withdrawn from the accounts in Monaco and Switzerland.

It is also known that two more defendants – Cedric Fozhru, who is called the director of Kerimov, and 46-year-old woman, a realtor whose name is not specified, are also charged. Fozhru, according to the investigation, participated in laundering of unpaid funds. He was released on bail of 140 thousand euros. The real estate agent is in custody. Similar charges were brought against her.

Three more persons involved in the case – two architects and a landscape designer – were released without charge.

Suleyman Kerimov was detained in Nice on November 20 on charges of tax evasion and money laundering. He was released on bail of 5 million euros. On November 28, the Nice prosecutor’s office asked to overturn the decision. According to prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre, these measures do not correspond to the risks associated with the case of the Russian senator.