On Monday, December 5, the Basmanny District Court of Moscow sentenced the former CEO of Petropavlovsk Pavel Maslovsky to 5.5 years in a penal colony, RBC correspondent reports. Also, 99.3 million rubles were recovered from Maslovsky in favor of Pokrovsky Mine JSC.
Maslovsky was found guilty of embezzlement of 99.3 million rubles. JSC “Pokrovsky mine”
According to one of Maslovsky’s defenders, the prosecution has not proven a single qualifying sign of committing fraud: Pavel Maslovsky has a mercenary goal and the fact that he received money, the element of the offense as “embezzlement” has not been proven. In addition, according to the defense, such qualifying signs of the incriminated act as deceit, prior conspiracy of a group of persons and use of one’s official position were not proven.
It is known that Maslovsky was arrested, after Maxim Kharin, a member of the board of directors of Petropavlosk, wrote a letter addressed to the head of the “K” department of the FSB of Russia, Ivan Tkachev. The author of the appeal was a representative of the largest shareholder of Petropavlovsk, the Yuzhuralzoloto company, owned by the family of billionaire Konstantin Strukov.
Kharin drew the attention of the FSB general to the fact that Maslovsky’s son Alexei sold the building to Pokrovsky Mine for 218.4 million rubles. at a lower market price. Pokrovsky Mine is the main asset of Petropavlovsk.
The representative of Pokrovsky Mine explained that the real estate deal dates back to 2018, and it was checked by auditors of Russian and international companies as part of the audit of annual accounts.
“Kommersant”, 03/24/2022, “The building turned out to be golden”: As stated in the materials of the criminal case, in early 2018, Pavel Maslovsky, using his official position, put pressure on other members of the company’s board of directors so that they agreed to a deal for the company to buy an office building at a knowingly unprofitable price, which is located in one one of the most prestigious places in Blagoveshchensk is on Lenin Street, overlooking the Amur.
At that time, according to investigators, the cost of the object was 123 million rubles, but the attackers in the purchase contract set a price of 218 million rubles. In court, the prosecutor insisted that Pavel Maslovsky deliberately used his official powers in order to push through the board of directors a deal that was obviously unprofitable for the company. After the indictment was read out, the court asked Mr. Maslovsky whether he understood the accusation. The businessman did not agree with the version of the investigation.
“I understand the charge brought against me,” Mr. Maslovsky said in court. “But I cannot plead guilty.” According to him, he and his partners have invested more than $6 billion in the development of the enterprise. Thanks to this, the defendant said, over the past 20 years, the joint-stock company has brought at least $20 billion in net profit. As for the transaction for the sale of the building, in which his son participated, its size, according to Pavel Maslovsky, is generally incomparable with the volume of his business. — Inset K.ru
Previously RBC reportedthat the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow arrested Maslovsky Jr. in absentia for two months from the moment he was handed over to law enforcement agencies. Then the lawyer Lyakhovetsky told RBC that Maslovsky left the country before the initiation of the case and before the start of any investigation.
In September of this year, UMMC-Invest closed a deal to purchase the assets of the gold mining company Petropavlovsk PLC. RBC reportedthat the reason for the sale of Russian assets in the company was called British sanctions against Gazprombank, which caused problems with the sale of gold and debt servicing in this bank. So, at the end of March, Petropavlovsk missed two payments: $560,000 (on a $200 million loan) and the equivalent of $9.5 million (on $86.7 million credit lines of subsidiaries).