As it became known to Rucriminal.info, on July 20, the Oktyabrsky District Court of Barnaul began considering the criminal case of a 31-year-old ex-policeman Denis Samosenko, who is accused of particularly large-scale fraud – according to investigators, he stole a total of 47 million rubles from eight residents of the Altai Territory. He allegedly pulled money from his victims under the guise of investing in his profitable business, although in fact it all looked more like an ordinary financial pyramid. The man himself insists that he honestly paid his debts, but faced temporary difficulties, which brought the wrath of creditors upon himself. At the same time, the number of the latter, according to sources, may be much more than is mentioned in the criminal case. Among them, according to some information, there may be relatives of very high-ranking Altai politicians.
Earlier, the press service of the prosecutor’s office of the Altai Territory reported that Samosenko was accused of committing a crime under Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (large-scale fraud). The investigation believes that in 2021-2022 he began to attract money from citizens – mainly from among his acquaintances – under the guise of investments, ostensibly for business development, promising “depositors” a return of funds with dividends. In total, the attacker managed to get more than 47 million rubles from eight residents of the region: Vladislav Uryupin, Evgeny Talleyrand, Dmitry Yakovlev, Philip Kolesov, Alexander Shilyaev, Valery Varlamov, Nikolai Shestakov and Yulia Baranova. The man stole the money and disposed of it as he saw fit.
According to the materials of the criminal case, Samosenko acted according to the same scheme. In front of his victims, he positioned himself as a successful businessman – co-owner of the Atmosfera hookah bar on Partizanskaya Street in Barnaul and the Tsunami food delivery service. From each he asked to borrow large sums of money for short periods – mostly in the region of three weeks – at extremely high interest rates (10-24%). Allegedly, he needed money for the purchase and subsequent resale of grain. All the victims claim that when the time came to repay the loan, Samosenko gave them the allegedly accumulated interest, but did not even show the principal amount. He proposed to put it into circulation again, for which the parties entered into new loan agreements.
The criminal intent of the defendant, according to investigators, arose in the spring of 2021, when he was still working as a senior detective in the department for combating corruption and organized crime in the field of agriculture and environmental management of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Altai Territory. His first victim, obviously, was to be a childhood friend Evgeny Talleyrand. Despite the fact that they had not communicated for a long time, the attacker in April 2021 considered it appropriate to ask an old acquaintance to borrow 1.5 million rubles for him. Allegedly at that time he invested everything in the hookah “Atmosphere”, where they met, and he really needed working capital for the grain trade. As proof, Samosenko even showed photos and videos with stacks of bags taken in some warehouse. But Talleyrand, knowing that the interlocutor worked in the police and therefore could hardly legally engage in business, was careful not to borrow money from him.
Samosenko, despite the refusal, showed perseverance, as Talleyrand points out in his testimony, and therefore the latter decided to help his old friend and look for other people who were ready to lend money to the policeman. Such a desire was expressed by Vladislav Uryupin. In total, from May 2021 to February 2022, he transferred 27 million rubles to Samosenko. The “businessman”, for his part, has consistently paid him “dividends” until March 2022. In October 2021, Yevgeny Talleyran, having learned from Uryupin that Samosenko seemed to be fulfilling all his obligations under loan agreements, also decided to invest in the trading enterprise of a former policeman. In total, by March 2022, they signed 12 contracts for amounts from 1.5 million to 3 million rubles. under the last two agreements, Talleyrand did not receive back either the principal amount of the debt (5.5 million rubles) or interest.
Third on the list was Dmitry Yakovlev. He was attracted to the scheme by his younger brother Viktor Yakovlev, a former policeman and colleague of Samosenko. In July 2021, the elder brother lost his job, and a relative suggested that he “invest” in the business of a “successful” colleague, lending him money at a favorable interest. During a meeting at Atmosfera, Samosenko offered to issue a loan for 2 million rubles. Dmitry Yakovlev doubted, because he did not have that kind of money, but his brother convinced him to take out a loan. In the future, the “investor” put into the “case” money from other loans and from selling them with his wife’s apartment. In total, Samosenko thus took possession of 5.4 million rubles. Yakovlev Sr. says that the borrower returned to him only part of the “interest”, which was enough only to pay on loans.
In October 2021, the list was replenished with another victim – a former classmate of Samosenko Philip Kolesov. He, in order to enter into a profitable deal, also attracted credit funds, which he then borrowed for the businessman. In total, by March 22, 2022, Kolesov gave his school friend 7.96 million rubles. At about the same time, in November 2021, police officer Alexander Shilyaev became another “contributor”. He “invested” in the grain trade a total of 900 thousand rubles.
Already in February 2022, the host of events Valery Varlamov joined the pool of “investors”. With S amosenko they also knew each other for a long time. During one of the meetings, a former policeman suggested that a friend invest in his grain trading business, formalizing the deal as a loan agreement. Varlamov eventually gave him only 250 thousand rubles. The last to enter the deal were two acquaintances of Talleyrand, Nikolay Shestakov and Yulia Baranova. Samosenko took possession of their money in the amount of 500 and 250 thousand rubles, respectively.
All of the above missed Samosenko in March 2022. Yevgeny Talleyrand mentions in his testimony that on the 25th he called his “partner”, and he informed him that he had gone on vacation with his family to Gorny Altai, and therefore would be available for business meetings only in a few days. But by the appointed time, Samosenko reported that law enforcement officers had detained him in Zarinsk – allegedly due to the fact that he combined business activities and police service. After that, the “entrepreneur” completely disappeared from sight and stopped responding to messages for a while, which is why the “investors” turned to law enforcement agencies.
It should be noted that other persons also appear in the case file, who also lent money to Samosenko at interest. Someone pointed out that he had no claims against the accused, since he had fulfilled all his obligations. Someone could not achieve recognition as a victim, such as Maria Yarinovskaya. She gave money to Samosenko at the highest percentage – 24%. The woman in her testimony stated that she suffered damage in the amount of 4.8 million rubles – that is how much she transferred to the accused. However, the investigators calculated that, under loan agreements, she received even more from her partner – 5.22 million rubles. However, the interest on the contracts clearly should have been higher. By the way, Alina, the wife of the above-mentioned ex-police officer Viktor Yakovlev, Alina allegedly brought Yarinovskaya with Samosenko – she worked at the Otkritie bank and was the personal manager of Yarinovskaya, who had brokerage accounts opened in the bank. At the same time, Yakovleva allegedly mentioned that Samosenko conducts business together with her husband.
The case also mentions an entrepreneur Sergei Molokov. He also insisted that he be included in the list of victims, although he did not lend money to Samosenko. The latter, allegedly in April 2021, asked the businessman to borrow 700 thousand rubles at interest. Then Molokov did not find an opportunity to help his friend financially. But after 2-3 weeks Samosenko repeated his request, reducing the amount to 250 thousand rubles. Molokov really wanted to give money to the policeman, but in the bank details that the borrower gave for the transfer, the entrepreneur saw the name of a longtime opponent in court, and therefore changed his mind about doing business with Samosenko. At the same time, Molokov mentions that Samosenko, telling him about his grain trade, said that he was conducting this business together with a certain Khorokhordin D.O., who lives in Moscow.
This person is not mentioned in the case again – it seems that he was not even interrogated. However, sources Rucriminal.info, familiar with the course of the investigation, say that we are talking about Danil Khorokhordin, the son of the head of the Republic of Altai Oleg Khorokhordin. With him, Samosenko seemed to have studied at the same school. At the same time, insiders emphasize: according to their information, Khorokhordin Jr. was allegedly the same “partner” of Samosenko, like other victims in the case – he only lent money to the policeman at interest (according to some reports, we are talking about 8 million rubles) and was deceived. According to sources, Danil Khorokhordin, for some reason, simply did not turn to law enforcement agencies on this fact. Insiders say that Samosenko had other “investors” who for some reason did not begin to declare their claims in the framework of the criminal proceedings. “Vesti Altai”, talking about the Samosenko case a year ago, mentioned an entrepreneur from Magnitogorsk, who, without giving his name, confirmed that he gave money to the “dealer” at interest. Together with a friend, he even came to Barnaul to make sure that the counterparty had real assets. He drove them to the territory of a certain enterprise in the city industrial zone, allegedly belonging to him. Security let Samosenko and the guests into the facility without question.
Magnitogorsk residents invested at least 10 million rubles in Samosenko’s business – this was recorded on video. However, they did not receive the promised benefits. Insiders say that in total Samosenko could deceive about 20 people in the amount of over 100 million rubles.
Samosenko himself, in his testimony, insists that he acted in good faith, and that he simply had temporary financial difficulties, due to which he could not pay interest to all “minority shareholders” on time. Now he seems to be transferring funds to creditors in small parts. At the same time, during interrogation, he did not tell the investigator for what purposes he borrowed money during the period when he was still working in the police, that is, until July 2021. He does not mention any business. He took money from Uryupin allegedly for some personal needs.
For some reason, the defendant’s need for money constantly arose, and he applied for loans again and again. Samosenko, in his own words, began to engage in business only after he left the police. He was engaged in grain trade – he took loose grain from farmers, packed it and resold it. Allegedly, in this way, on average, he gained 5 rubles from each bag. However, for this he needed money, sometimes urgently and in large volumes, which is why he allegedly took loans at such a high percentage from acquaintances.
Judging by the materials of the case, Samosenko did not immediately remember all his “partners”. He often contradicts himself in his testimony.
For example, he claimed that Yarinovskaya herself came to him with the idea to promote some kind of interactive game in the city hookahs, but this idea had to be abandoned over time. And only then, as if Samosenko decided to borrow money from Yarinovskaya. However, during the confrontation, he then agreed that he had called her first. Who gave him the woman’s phone number, he did not remember. During face-to-face confrontations, he often refused to testify even on the simplest questions.
By the way, he also had difficulties in talking about the hookah bar “Atmosfera”. Samosenko only explained that he bought it in July 2021 with an unnamed partner, and in March 2022 he allegedly gave it away for debts to people whom he simply did not want to name. Observers, meanwhile, indicate that Samosenko allegedly ran this business with his colleague and old acquaintance, Ivan Maksimov, inspector of the OPBDD of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for Barnaul, the namesake of his former leader. He, however, in his testimony denies any connection with the hookah bar. However, some witnesses indicate that businessmen allegedly rented this institution as a ready-made business. As for the Tsunami food delivery, Samosenko says it didn’t last long and closed after he invested about 1.3 million rubles ($1.3 million) in it. The closure, as observers note, coincided with the initiation of a criminal case.
Note that the story of Samosenko about the grain trade, it seems, nevertheless had a real background, however, judging by the testimony of witnesses, the business was far from the scale that the businessman himself described to his victims. Long before the events described above, in August 2020, the then-active policeman saw his old friend Igor Musukhranov. According to the latter, there was a severe drought in the Slavgorod region that year, and his relatives, who had a farm in that area, had difficulty buying grain. He complained about this to a friend and asked if he knew where to buy this product.
Denis Samosenko promised to help and after a while he actually found a seller from Barnaul. Musukhranov contacted the entrepreneur and agreed to supply 20 tons of packaged grain to Slavgorod for 230,000 rubles. His relatives rented a warehouse in the city, where the goods were delivered. Part of it was taken by Musukhranov’s relatives, and another part was quickly sold out. After that, Musukhranov and Samosenko came up with the idea to trade grain in this way on a permanent basis. To do this, they were going to use a warehouse already rented in Slavgorod. The businessmen began to implement their idea in March 2021. Until February 2022, as far as Musukhranov knows, they jointly sold five machines of packaged grain (each 20 tons). The cost of one truck with goods varied from 220 to 270 thousand rubles. Dealers, selling grain at retail, earned 30-80 thousand rubles from the machine “from above” and divided this profit in half. Young people stopped the joint venture without any mutual claims.
Nevertheless, Musukhranov knew that Slavgorod was not the only point where Samosenko tried to make money on grain during the indicated period. He allegedly mastered the sites in Blagoveshchensky, Klyuchevskoy and Burlinsky districts. The volumes there allegedly were approximately the same as in Slavgorod. At the same time, Musukhranov knows only one counterparty who sold grain to his comrade – Aleksey Gavriloya, a colleague of Samosenko, now a former detective of the UEB and PC of the regional Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (left the service in February 2022, now works as a deputy head at GlavAgroSnab LLC in Barnaul – ed.). Tom, despite his work in the police, actually owned warehouses on the outskirts of the village of Dmitro-Titovo in the Kytmanovsky district. In October 2021, Samosenko began to buy packaged grain from him at 10-14 thousand per ton. In total, during the cooperation, the policeman shipped no more than eight trucks of grain to Samosenko. Despite the fact that each truck contained 20 tons, the cost of the cargo varied from 200 thousand to 280 thousand rubles.
Judging by the testimony of Samosenko’s former partners, the turnover of his business hardly required multimillion-dollar investments. His other ventures – hookah and food delivery – also absorbed not so much money, according to the former policeman himself, before he stopped doing them. Probably, his need for large loans is explained by his love of gambling. The mobile operator provided law enforcement officers with data on Samosenko’s phone number, according to which Samosenko has received almost a thousand messages from various bookmakers since May 2021 – that is, from the moment he began to take the first steps in selling grain.
In addition, the billing data showed that in March 2022, Denis Samosenko really left for Gorny Altai on vacation, as he told his victims. In particular, it was located on the territory of the Siberian Coin gambling zone. There, as follows from the information of the Altai Palace casino, the former policeman lost 785.5 thousand rubles in 20 days – from March 4 to March 24. Already on March 31, he registered as a guest in the Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone in Sochi. There, by mid-April, he visited the Sochi Casino 13 times.
However, they could not say how much he spent there, in the gambling zone – amounts less than a million rubles deposited in the cash desk or issued from it are not recorded there.
Ultimately, Denis Samosenko ended up in Kaliningrad, the administrative center of the Kaliningrad region, where, by the way, along with Altai and Kuban, there is another Russian gambling zone. It was there that in May of this year Samosenko was chosen a measure of restraint in the form of a written undertaking not to leave the place in the framework of the described criminal case. Obviously, it was in connection with this that Samosenko was present at the court session on July 20 remotely – they communicated with him via video link. Considering the crimes imputed to him, this caused bewilderment among observers. Nevertheless, the hearing in the case began in this format. At the first meeting, the prosecutor began to read out the text of the accusation. The next one should take place on August 7 of this year.
It should be noted that some victims in the criminal case consider the preventive measure chosen by Samosenko to be insufficient in the context of everything that happened. They speculate that the defendant may still have fairly close ties to his former co-workers, which could allegedly affect his position. They saw signs of that even at the stage of the investigation of the criminal case.
At first, the Central District Police Department refused to initiate proceedings at all, based only on Samosenko’s assurances that he was not hiding from anyone and was going to return the money to the creditor. When the cases were nevertheless initiated and merged into one, the law enforcement officers spent a lot of time – about six months – to deal with his jurisdiction. A number of victims even complained about the red tape to the prosecutor’s office. However, the supervisory authority did not see any violations.
At the same time, it seems that Samosenko himself gave grounds for fears about the possible use of administrative resources. One of the victims in his testimony recalls how he called the “businessman” who was missing with money and demanded the return of savings. The same allegedly suggested “not to compete with the mind of a policeman” and boasted of his connections. He allegedly said that he would return negligible amounts in order to evade criminal liability, and it would seem that it would not work at all to collect the debt from him in court.