Boris Berson wanted for medical reasons
The Vasileostrovsky District Court of St. Petersburg put on the wanted list and arrested in absentia one of the former co-founders of the Adamant holding, the owner of the Cherkassky mansion Boris Burson. As reported in the joint press service of the St. Petersburg courts, as part of the consideration of a criminal case under Article 243.1. The Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (violation of the requirements for the preservation or use of cultural heritage), the court toughened the measure of restraint for the entrepreneur – the “prohibition of certain actions” was replaced with detention.
Article and accusation
Charge under this article was presented entrepreneur in May 2021. Then the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee for St. Petersburg reported that the reason for the investigation was the fire on June 4, 2019 in the mansion of Cherkassky (Ritter), located on Universitetskaya embankment. The owner of most of the premises in the building is Burson. According to the prosecution, “by his criminal inaction in the period from 08/21/2013 to 05/28/2021, he violated the requirements for the preservation and use of a cultural heritage site of regional significance.” The damage to the monument is estimated at 39.1 million rubles.
Recall that the Ritter mansion was originally going to be reconstructed into a hotel, then, as the media wrote, plans changed – they planned to make elite housing and apartments in it. The reconstruction project was developed by the studio “Foundry part – 91”. It was assumed that the mansion will have three apartments with their own saunas and swimming pools, five guest rooms and underground parking. However, the project was never implemented.
In June 2021 RBC Petersburg informedthat the Oktyabrsky District Court ruled that a measure of restraint be imposed in the form of a ban on certain actions against Berson. He was forbidden to leave the residential premises from 23.00 to 06.00 and visit his workplace at JSC “Adamant” without the permission of the investigator. He also could not communicate with persons who were witnesses in the case.
Today, the court reported that the defendant did not appear in the process many times, “presenting sick leave certificates opened in various non-state medical institutions shortly before the trial, while there is no information that Berson’s diseases prevent participation in the consideration of the case. was”.
They noted that “the sick leave sheets submitted by the defense do not list the diagnoses in the presence of which the sick leave sheets are open, and there is no information that Burson, for health reasons, cannot take part in the court session.” The court concluded that Burson was avoiding appearing in court and was in hiding. The new measure of restraint appointed by the court is arrest for a period of 6 months from the date of actual detention. The entrepreneur has been put on the wanted list. “When detained, the person involved must be sent to the FKU SIZO-1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region,” the press service of the courts added.
The defendant’s second lawyer, Mikhail Tkach, told Kommersant that an appeal had been filed on January 11 against the decision of the Vasileostrovsky court. Lawyers are now waiting for the appointment of a date for the hearing on the appeal. […] A source familiar with the situation suggested in an interview with Kommersant that the conflict over the Cherkassky House could have arisen due to Smolny’s unwillingness to sell individual house premises to the businessman, which made the reconstruction of the building impossible.
According to the source, the problem was that Boris Berson owned apartments in the house, while the technical premises, including the basement and the attic, are owned by the city. Thus, the businessman did not have the authority to carry out a full-fledged reconstruction.
It should be noted that the press service of Adamant stated that “Mr. Berson Boris Iosifovich left the shareholders of the Adamant holding and is not related to any company included in the holding.” According to SPARK, earlier in JSC Adamant Boris Berson owned 13%.
Boris Berson did not admit his guilt in what happened. In June 2021, he withdrew from the shareholders of the Adamant holding, and in the fall of the same year it became known that the premises in his mansion would be put up for auction. The initial price of the two lots was 3.5 million and 2.3 million rubles. Specialists of the Russian Auction House (RAD) noted that they were acting on behalf of the Property Relations Committee (CRO), and the premises put up for sale may be of interest in the format of redevelopment for an office, retail or other commercial function.
Adamant is not a public company and its share price has not been disclosed. According to experts, the cost of Boris Berson’s stake on the market could amount to 15–20 billion rubles, according to minimal estimates. However, most likely, the deal was not cash, and shares in other legal entities were received in exchange for shares.
“Adamant” was founded in 1992. To date, he owns a portfolio of commercial real estate in St. Petersburg with a total area of more than 1.2 million m2, as well as objects under construction with a total area of 360 thousand m2 in the segment of offices, warehouses and the hospitality industry. The main part of the portfolio is formed by 22 shopping and entertainment complexes in different districts of St. Petersburg. Warehouse business is actively developing. Adamant also owns the Russian Glass Company and a number of other businesses, including construction, medical, advertising, etc.