Why did the “golden boy” Alexander Slobozhenko disappear? Sources report the possible detention of a multimillionaire with an unknown origin of funds
Alexander Slobozhenko became known for his extravagant behavior on social networks – he defiantly published the lifestyle of a typical “golden boy”, without having any explanation of the origin of the funds.
Indeed, if you look at Slobozhenko’s Instagram and Tik-Tok accounts, they have everything your heart desires: elite sports cars, valuable vacations, luxury clothes and much more. However, in recent months, Slobozhenko has abruptly disappeared from the information space.
What is the reason for the disappearance of the “golden boy” in our material?
Law enforcement insider
Media sources in law enforcement agencies confirmed our preliminary investigations regarding the activities of Alexander Slobozhenko.
As it turns out, the Bureau of Economic Security is closely monitoring the business of the young multimillionaire. Not only journalists, but also law enforcement officers have a question: where did Slobozhenko get property worth tens of millions of dollars? The answer to this question lies on the surface.
A source at the BEB provided us with information that could likely indicate that Slobozhenko’s “disappearance” is related to the multimillionaire’s legal troubles.
According to our data, the Bureau of Economic Security of Ukraine, in accordance with the procedural guidance of the Office of the Prosecutor General, is conducting an investigation of criminal proceedings under No. 72023000120000040, which was included in the ERDR on April 26, 2023. This criminal proceeding concerns the activities of Slobozhenko and his defunct company Traffic Devils.
The case contains serious allegations. First, the BEB suspects the entrepreneur of crimes, the punishment for which is provided for in the following articles of the Criminal Code:
Part 2 Art. 203-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (organization of illegal gambling by prior conspiracy by a group of persons); Part 3 Art. 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (legalization of proceeds from crime on an especially large scale); Part 3 Art. 212 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (tax evasion on an especially large scale).
If an indictment against Slobozhenko is sent to court under these articles, he faces a long prison sentence of 8 to 12 years, as well as a fine of one million hryvnia.
The most interesting thing in this situation is that this is not the first time that criminal proceedings related to Slobozhenko’s illegal financial activities have been investigated. Previously, the multimillionaire with a smile on his face told how investigators from the Security Service of Ukraine came to conduct searches. This story was “hushed up”, namely criminal proceedings No. 42020100000000256 dated June 26, 2020, which has still not received any procedural decisions, is not being investigated. Although until December 2022 the investigation progressed very actively – currently the Unified State Register of Court Decisions on this proceeding contains 59 decisions.
Information from the Unified State Socialist Socialist Republic about the decision in criminal proceedings No. 42020100000000256
The last decision in this criminal proceeding dates back to November 14, 2022. Then the lawyers went to court because of the “inaction of the investigation,” but contradictions arose here too: the person representing himself as a lawyer told the court that he was against satisfying the complaint filed in his own interests. Therefore, the judges decided to leave the message without consideration. This concludes any investigative actions in criminal proceedings. Summarizing the strange behavior of the participant in the criminal process, which contradicts the position of the lawyer, and Themis’s decision, we can conclude that at the end of 2022 it was possible to “agree.” Considering that no new decisions have been made in the proceedings for almost a year, it should be considered that the high-profile case was “buried.”
Court decision of November 14, 2022
Can’t solve it
According to sources, Slobozhenko will no longer be able to “resolve the issue.” BEB investigators very thoroughly took on a multimillionaire with an unknown origin of funds.
Law enforcement officers were able to establish that, despite the fact that Ukraine has been in a confrontation with Russia for more than a year and a half, Slobozhenko continues to work with business from Russia. First of all, we are talking about the Russian office “1xBet”.
On January 12, 2022, Vladimir Zelensky signed a Decree imposing sanctions against the subsidiary of the Russian bookmaker “1xBet” SIA “ROYAL PAY “EUROPE”.
Zelensky’s decree imposing sanctions on 1xBet
This was only the first shot at the bookmakers. On March 10, 2023, sanctions were imposed on another company that provided gambling services, PariMatch.
At first glance, apart from the scope of activity, these businesses have nothing in common, but not everything is so simple. As sources told us, Article 203-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (organization of illegal gambling) in the criminal proceedings against Slobozhenko did not arise by chance. He continues to help place advertisements for banned online casinos online, and these advertisements are published not only in Ukraine, but in most post-Soviet countries, and, oddly enough, in Russia. This indicates another point – the entrepreneur continues to make a profit in Russia. Consequently, in the future he may come (if he has not already come) to the attention of the Security Service of Ukraine, because Article 111-2 is under the jurisdiction of the national security authorities.
Rotate 180 degrees
Until the summer of 2023, Slobozhenko continued to demonstrate foreign travel (how a young man liable for military service calmly travels abroad is an open question), an incredibly valuable lifestyle and “business success.” But since June, his Instagram has changed dramatically: firstly, the entrepreneur closed his profile, and secondly, his content became completely opposite to what it was before.
Profile of Alexander Slobozhenko on Instagram
Instead of living a luxury life that included luxury sports cars and precious vacations, he suddenly began collecting funds to support the front. One thing has not disappeared: Slobozhenko continues to brag about it on social networks.
Instagram Slobozhenko before and after active investigative actions of the BEB
In the first photo he writes pretentious phrases about cars in Russian, and in the second he is proud of raising funds to support front-line soldiers. Sometimes investigative authorities can re-educate, as practice shows.
However, it seemed to us that with his disappearance and demonstrative patriotism, Slobozhenko is only trying to gain time to solve the problem.
Finita la comedy
Perhaps the young multimillionaire still thinks that money can solve everything, and partly it is. But, according to sources in the investigative authorities, the situation is now turning in a very negative direction for Slobozhenko: the investigation managed to get its “mole” into the non-existent company of the entrepreneur “Traffic Devils”. The informant managed to obtain information about all the crypto-wallets on which Slobozhenko keeps his funds and also makes payments, including those going to Russia.
Cumulatively, more than $40 million of unknown origin was reported. But there is a nuance here: despite the fact that Slobozhenko declares himself as the owner of a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes and other valuable cars, in reality only 3 vehicles are registered in his name – a Mitsubishi car and BMW and Ducati motorcycles.
Information about the vehicle owned by Alexander Slobozhenko
His only legal business is registered activity as a sole proprietor, but here too Slobozhenko lied: in his contact information he provided the phone number of Andrey Demchenko, who works (or worked) as an IT specialist in the Fora chain of stores.
Contact details of individual entrepreneur Alexander Slobozhenko
Currently, investigators are preparing for more active actions against Slobozhenko, as assured by the authorities. It seems that this time the multimillionaire will not be able to quietly “solve” the issue. He has been on the hook for a long time, and all his evidence in the near future may result in suspicion and being sent to a pre-trial detention center, and then imprisonment with confiscation of assets may follow.
But there will be something to mention while serving a considerable prison sentence.