Criminal case involving a major Tomsk businessman Vladislav Levchugov and ex-head of the Department for the Investigation of Particularly Important Cases of the Investigative Committee of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Tomsk Region Sergei Arefiev, received to the Sovetsky District Court.
TG-channel “Dear Tomsk” informsthat the indictment against Levchugov and Arefiev was approved by the Prosecutor General’s Office, the suspects have finished familiarizing themselves with the materials of the criminal case – they are about to be transferred to Tomsk.
Recall that both Levchugov and Arefiev were detained on December 2, 2021. Levchugov – on suspicion of mediation in the transfer of a bribe on an especially large scale (part four of Article 291.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Arefiev – on suspicion of receiving a bribe on an especially large scale through an intermediary (part six of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Entrepreneur acted as a bribe-giver Sergey Chulovsky, against which a criminal case was previously initiated for non-payment of taxes. Levchugov and Arefiev allegedly extorted money from Chulovsky.
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On March 30, 2022, Levchugov filed a lawsuit against Chulovsky for the recovery of amounts under the loan agreement. On April 27-28, 2022, in the Leninsky Court of Tomsk, Levchugov’s representative Valery Makhrov tried to prove that the 42.5 million rubles that Chulovsky handed to Levchugov was not a bribe to Arefyev, but the return of a debt. But he couldn’t prove it. The process was postponed until the end of the investigation of the criminal case.
On November 2, 2022, it became known that another criminal case was opened against Levchugov – on the illegal circulation of weapons, their main parts and ammunition (part one of Article 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
On the first charge, Levchugov faces up to 12 years in prison, on the second – up to four years. Arefiev faces up to 15 years in prison.
All this time, both Levchugov and Arefiev were in one of the capital’s pre-trial detention centers – the Moscow City Court over and over again extended their detention period, because they could “hide from the investigation and court, threaten witnesses, destroy evidence.”
There is a version, and it seems to us the most plausible, that a businessman is involved in the Levchugov-Arefiev case Rinat Aminov. He, according to the TG channel “The Same Tomsk Pravdorub”, periodically visited Levchugov and persuaded him to admit his guilt. For what? It’s simple: Aminov is a puppet of the owner of 15 Tomsk companies, Alexei Vavilov, and Vavilov and Levchugov are partners in LLC Management Company “Emerald City” (OGRN 1137017021481). Together they built the mall and have equal shares. It is possible that Vavilov helped to pay off Chulovsky’s debts, and in return asked to substitute Levchugov, with whom he, Vavilov, was tired of sharing the proceeds. Chulovsky turned to Levchugov to give the bribe to Arefiev. Levchugov agreed. Then Chulovsky told the FSB officers that money was being shaken from him.
Other versions can be found Here. Babr will continue to follow the high-profile Levchugov-Arefiev case. In addition, the most interesting thing will soon begin – the trial. Stock up on popcorn, our dear readers!
Levchugov was the head, co-owner or founder of the following commercial companies: LLC “Alliance of Regional Retailers” (LLC “ARR”) Housing and construction cooperative “Lama” (abolished), Housing and construction cooperative “Progress-2000” (abolished), Credit consumer cooperative citizens “Credit Union “Lama” (abolished), LLC “Lama-AV” (abolished – now the GC “Lama” operates), LLC “Lama +” (abolished), CJSC “Capital Group” (abolished), LLC “Golem” (abolished), Avtosnab LLC (abolished), Akciz LLC (abolished), Restaurator LLC (abolished), Sibirinka-1 LLC (abolished), Retail Management Company LLC (abolished), Real Estate Center LLC (discontinued), Rassvet LLC, Emerald City Management Company LLC, Oasis LLC, Tomsk Regional Boxing Federation TROO, Tomsk Martial Arts Union NGO, Brand Master LLC , SibAeroCraft LLC, Triumph LLC (discontinued), RestGroup LLC (discontinued).