On June 5, the Tagansky District Court of Moscow granted the petition of the investigation to elect a measure of restraint in the form of house arrest for 40-year-old Leonid Arapov, co-owner of the aluminum holding AL5. As Kommersant was told in court, the person under investigation will stay under arrest for a month – until July 3.
Leonid Arapov is charged with fraud on an especially large scale (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, up to ten years in prison). The criminal case against the entrepreneur is being investigated by the Department of Internal Affairs for the Central Administrative District of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for Moscow. There is no official information about the claims of law enforcement agencies against the entrepreneur. Leonid Arapov does not admit guilt.
Kommersant’s interlocutors, surrounded by the entrepreneur, say that the accusation concerns the relationship between Leonid Arapov and his partners in the AL5 industrial group. The holding was created jointly with Moscow entrepreneurs Sergey Solodov and Roman Buzdalin, who came from the A5 federal pharmacy chain. In 2014, they became co-owners of the AVA-Trade aluminum plant in Voronezh, which previously belonged to the family of Leonid Arapov. Later, the AL5 industrial group combined sites in Pavlov Posad, near Moscow, and an enterprise in Belaya Kalitva in the Rostov Region.
At the beginning of the year, AVA-Trade LLC applied to the Arbitration Court of the Voronezh Region with claims to recover almost 379 million rubles from Leonid Arapov. The requirements arose in connection with his work as general director of the Voronezh plant in 2017-2019. According to the plaintiff, by his actions Leonid Arapov caused losses to the LLC, in particular, he spent money on renting private jets for personal flights to the United Arab Emirates and Sochi. The lawsuits were dismissed as Leonid Arapov is going through a personal bankruptcy procedure.