The Prosecutor General’s office is checking messages on offshore business of the heads of the interior Ministry and members of their families
The General Prosecutor’s office is examining information about offshore business of the Deputy Minister of internal Affairs Alexander Mahonova and the son of another Deputy Minister Igor Zubov – compliance with anti-corruption legislation. With a request for verification to the Supervisory authority appealed RBC after the publication of “the Panama archive”.
As received in the response letter, senior Prosecutor of the second Department of the Department of interaction with mass-media Ekaterina Dmitriyeva said that the Prosecutor General’s office is really looking at information from “Panama archives”. At the same time, it is noted that the Agency is not obliged to give explanations “on the merits pending cases and materials” to complete the check. In turn, the official representative of the Ministry told RBC that the Ministry does not have information about ongoing activities.
– In the Prosecutor’s office denied the screening of employees of the interior Ministry because of the “Panama records”
We will remind, in early April, the international consortium of investigative journalists (ICIJ) and the Center for the study of corruption and organized crime (OCCRP) published an investigation of the international network of offshore companies, based on the Panamanian legal documents of the company Mossack Fonseca. In the investigation, which received strong public outcry, appeared information about the offshore Russian and foreign politicians and representatives of state bodies, as well as athletes and artists. So, it was reported about offshore companies owned by a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin cellist Sergey Roldugin.
Then it became known that the scandal involved relatives of senior security officers and Deputy interior Minister Alexander Maganov associated with a network of offshore companies-“Russian dolls”. The materials of the investigation stated that the company The Monumental Property Company Ltd, registered in the British virgin Islands and engaged in real estate, from 2001 to 2004 was owned by 22-year-old Denis Zubov – the son of Deputy interior Minister Igor Zubov. Currently the young man half-owner of the petrotrader “Metalit”.
As for Mahonova, “Panama records” implies that he, along with his business partner Dmitry Karjakin in may 2012 he founded the company Nortwest Management Inc. in the virgin Islands. Through a chain of offshore firm owns shares in the company Nemo Telecom, which provides services to users of online TV Nemo TV, RBC found.
According to “Novaya Gazeta”, Makhanov remained a shareholder of offshore Nortwest Management in 2013, although at this time of the Russian civil servants have been forbidden to participate in the business and have accounts abroad. Dmitry Karyakin said that Magonov really was a shareholder Nemo Telecom through Nortwest Management, but only until September 2012.
The interior Ministry said that at the time of admission to the civil service Magonov “had no relation to the economic activities of offshore organizations.” The Deputy Minister Zubov no offshore accounts, also noted in the Department.
Earlier Igor Zubov reported in the income Declaration, published on the website of the Ministry of internal Affairs, for last year he earned 5.1 million rubles. The Deputy Minister told about owned the land to the area of 1700 square meters and the building (334,4 sq. m). The wife of the state Secretary – Deputy head of the interior Ministry stated in the Declaration the income of 8.9 million rubles, and two apartments with a total area of 229 sq. m.
Alexander Maganov indicated income in the amount of 3.1 million rubles, and also reported on two plots of 4191 sq. m, owned one third of land area of 600 sq. m, apartment in 184,1 sq. m. and the sixth part of his property in another apartment (50,6 sq. m). The wife of the Deputy interior Minister, earned 5.2 million rubles.
Press Secretary of the Prosecutor General Aleksandr Kurennoy in early April, said that the Agency will check the data media about the offshore Russian individuals and legal entities.
In late April, speaking in the Federation Council, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika announced that his Agency sent a request to Panama regarding the offshore scandal. He also suggested that the scandal with the offshore operation was the intelligence services of some Western countries.