Former Minister of the Open Government Mikhail Abyzov saved his property in Italy from arrest in a fraud case, which was recently brought to court.
The ex-official is suspected of scams around the SIBECO and RES companies. We are talking about the theft and laundering of 4 billion rubles. The investigation suggests that Abyzov was engaged in illegal business activities, extracting illegal income, transferring and receiving commercial bribery in the amount of 78 million rubles.
On February 19, 2021, Abyzov’s son Daniel sold a villa in Tuscany, which was registered for him, worth about 200 million rubles. At the same time, the security forces announced the seizure of property almost a month later. It turns out that Abyzov knew that he could lose his real estate asset in Italy just a month before the Investigative Committee announced its intention to arrest him.
According to a similar scenario, a story happened with another villa of an ex-official in Tuscany worth 750 million rubles.
It turned out that from May to August 2021, the Cypriot organization Andulil Enterprises Ltd, which actually owns Abyzov’s house, but through an Italian company, changed managers and owners.