Fugitive criminal businessman Oleg Makarevich transfers business from Krasnodar to Tambov. Got guarantees from local authorities?
Oleg Makarevich is one of the most shadowy characters in the Krasnodar Territory. The businessman controlled both criminal and completely transparent structures. Under the patronage of the courts and local authorities, Makarevich felt like a master in his native Krasnodar.
But something went wrong, the roof began to “leak”. Against the patrons of Makarevich, local courts began investigations of criminal cases and active investigative actions. The businessman himself was also not in the best situation: in order to count the number of criminal cases against Makarevich, there were not enough fingers of one hand. The story could have ended very logically, Makarevich would have gone to court and to prison. But someone got ahead of the law enforcement officers and warned the authority about a possible detention. Makarevich disappeared, and later did not appear at home. But with the advent of the new year, everything can change dramatically: Makarevich received immunity guarantees and is already moving his companies to Tambov. Who and how protects Makarevich is in the investigation of the Kompromat1 portal.
Oleg Makarevich is one of the most famous entrepreneurs in the Krasnodar Territory. A typical businessman straight out of the 1990s.
Despite the fact that Makarevich’s dark business has been known for several decades, law enforcement officers first arrested a businessman in 2014 in a fraud case. But then everything worked out for Makarevich, the case fell apart.
Makarevich has been on the run since April 2021. Then the investigation for the first time announced on the wanted list of a swindler. But the businessman managed to hastily escape abroad. And he chose unfriendly Austria.
Focus on Oleg Makarevich
Makarevich worked out his escape carefully. The fact that sooner or later he will be put on the wanted list, for the criminal businessman, it seems, was not a secret. Since 2019, he has been actively withdrawing his funds to Austrian banks. In Vienna, the Makarevich family bought up real estate. He has money, he has a place to live. Austria is unlikely to extradite Makarevich to Russia. But, most importantly, the impression is that our law enforcement officers are not going to put the fugitive businessman on the international wanted list.
Makarevich’s business in his homeland is not under arrest, everything is working quietly and even developing. In Krasnodar, Makarevich controls freight traffic, the funeral business, and the removal of household and specialized waste. The Memorial company, in which Makarevich is the founder, has been increasing its revenue and profit in recent years. If in 2015 the company’s revenue amounted to 149 million rubles, then in 2021 it increased by 2.5 times. As for the profit, it is still more “sweet”. The business was able to increase its profit from 5 to almost 80 million rubles in 6 years.
Financial data of LLC “Memorial”
Another enterprise, in which Makarevich is listed as the founder, was created at all after his flight from the country. Instead, documents on the creation of a legal entity were signed by a representative by proxy, which was drawn up by an Austrian notary.
In total, Oleg Makarevich is only officially the founder of 45 organizations in Russia. How many businesses he has unofficially is unknown to anyone except Makarevich himself. About 25 enterprises, in which the founder is a runaway businessman, quietly continue to work. The arrest was not imposed on Makarevich’s business, nor on the numerous property of the suspect and his family. And this is a big amount. Companies in which Makarevich is the founder cost about 4.3 billion rubles. His share in them is estimated at 1.8 billion.
Business data of Oleg Makarevich
Of course, Makarevich does not live badly in Austria. Moreover, the funds withdrawn from Russia may be enough not only for him, but also for several more generations of his family. And if we take into account the fact that no one touches the businessman’s enterprises at all, then it will be enough for ten lives ahead.
But Oleg Makarevich is not like that. Retirement doesn’t suit him. Still, the person is a typical native from the 1990s, he needs to continue to work, and directly control his business.
7 open criminal cases against a businessman is nothing at all. At least the investigation is not taking any action to seize the assets and search for the suspect. There are explanations for this.
It is not for nothing that Makarevich is called the “night governor” of the Krasnodar Territory. He has connections everywhere: somewhere better, somewhere worse. A huge failure in the entire structure of Makarevich was caused by the fact that law enforcement officers came to the judicial gang, which protected the entrepreneur. In August 2021, the former chairman of the Oktyabrsky District Court of the city of Krasnodar, Gennady Bayrak, was arrested.
Bayrak was the main person who dictated to the judges the “necessary” decisions for Makarevich. To date, there is no point in Bayrak’s case (he is accused of taking a bribe in the amount of 2.3 million rubles), but he has been in a pre-trial detention center for a year and a half.
Makarevich still managed to find a solution to his problems. This took time and effort, but it seems that everything works out in a runaway billionaire. Thanks to the agreements, Makarevich began to relocate his own business. In order to escape from justice, last summer, the fugitive businessman re-registered his organizations 1,000 kilometers from Krasnodar, in Tambov.
Makarevich’s largest business is the Crafter group of companies, which is engaged in road freight transportation. The Group of Companies includes the enterprises Trans-Ural, Bigcar and Neva-Logistic. The total car park of all Crafter structures includes 22,000 cars.
Official website of Crafter Group
The listed carriers as one in the summer of 2022 changed their location. Now their headquarters are in Tambov. Not the most attractive place for business, but there is a specific explanation for this. The post of head of the Federal Tax Service for the Tambov region is held by Alexei Zhitlov. Zhitlov was born and raised in the Krasnodar Territory, and from 2000 to 2018, he held various positions in the tax structures of Krasnodar. Zhitlov has known Makarevich for a long time, and has always helped him pull off tax evasion schemes.
Zhitlov also brought in other “criminal specialists” from the Krasnodar Territory, who had previously helped Makarevich’s structures to carry out various financial frauds. Now they have helped the fugitive criminal re-register trucking under their jurisdiction, and are ready to help him to cut billions. For 2019-2021 alone, the likely tax risks of Crafter Group are estimated at 2 billion rubles. And that’s just one company.
Everything is clear with Makarevich’s business. While the criminal entrepreneur is resting in Europe, in Russia everything works like clockwork, and no one dares to run into authority structures.
But in order to return to his homeland, Makarevich needs to do something with criminal cases, because there are no guarantees that he will not be arrested tomorrow.
On the eve of the new year 2023, Makarevich decided to make his family a holiday – to close the criminal case against himself and his wife Natalia. The case has been dragging on since 2011. The Federal Tax Service accused the couple of overstating expenses and illegally deducting VAT. The total amount of losses amounted to more than 350 million rubles. Since Makarevich refused to pay the funds in a civil dispute, the case went to the point of a criminal case.
After 11 years, Makarevich’s lawyers nevertheless turned to the tax authorities with a statement on the voluntary payment of the shortage. A tricky maneuver, because even if some penalty was charged, it was minimal. And with the calculation of inflation in recent years, Makarevich won a large sum of money.
It all comes down to the fact that other criminal cases of the fugitive businessman will also be closed, and as a result he will triumphantly return to Russia, where multi-billion dollar businesses await him.