Tax case – The other deaths
Tuesday 27 November 2012
A corporate lawyer who worked for the Moscow firm Firestone Duncan and was asked by the UK investment fund Hermitage Capital Management to investigate a multi-million pound fraud carried out against them by a network of corrupt Russian officials and underworld figures. After naming the perpetrators, he was arrested by those he had accused and died nine months later in custody.
One of a number of little known Russian figures put in charge of Hermitage subsidiaries when their ownership was illegally transferred using stolen seals and corporate certificates. The Russian authorities claimed he was behind the scam, but were unable to arrest him as his body was found close to an airport in the Ukraine. He was 43.
When Hermitage Capital revealed that the fraudulently gained tax rebate was transferred into the Universal Savings Bank shortly before it was liquidated, the Russian authorities announced that the bank had been bought by Kobeinikov. Little is known about him other than that he had dual Russian/Hungarian citizenship and fell from a balcony window to his death in September 2008.
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