The owner of the network "Tervolina" Vadim Stepanov is accused of fraud with land in the elite zones of the Odintsovo district of Moscow region
The investigation into the criminal case of the owner of the Tervolina network Vadim Stepanov has been completed. The entrepreneur, together with an employee of his company, Andrei Yakovlev, is accused of fraud with land located in the elite zones of the Odintsovo district of the Moscow Region. The damage from the activities of the accused is estimated by the investigation in more than 1 billion rubles.
The criminal prosecution of the owner of the Tervolina network began five years ago after the Rosprirodnadzor completed the verification of the use of the lands of the state forest fund in the area of the elite village of Nikolina Gora. The audit revealed the loss of part of the maps with land allotment, and for all the questioning of the forest fund employees checking, as Oleg Mitvol recalled, “some incredible fables were woven that the documents were eaten by mice and the copies were burned out in the fire.” But when the lost documents were finally found, it turned out that 26 ha of forests that belonged to the Zvenigorod forestry somehow ended up in private ownership (note that at that time the market value of 1 ha of land in this area was $ 5 million).
The audit materials were sent to law enforcement agencies and soon formed the basis of the criminal case instituted in October 2007 under Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud on a particularly large scale). Recently, Art. 174 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (legalization of funds obtained by criminal means). Vadim Stepanov was arrested, but after filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov, viola player Yuri Bashmet, president of the journalism faculty of Moscow State University, Yasen Zasursky, and a number of other famous cultural figures, an entrepreneur under their guarantee, and also on bail 10 million rubles, came out in his defense. He was released from jail.
As stated in the case file, the investigation believes that Vadim Stepanov developed and implemented a cunning fraudulent scheme to seize federal land. According to investigators, entered into a conspiracy with "some members" of the board of the summer house and consumer cooperative "Workers of Science and Art" (RANIS), he "by deception and forged documents" first attached part of the forestry territory to his territory under the guise of conducting an land inventory. Then I secured a letter signed by one of the members of the RANIS board, according to which the cooperative was already refusing new sites. Based on this document, and also referring to the decision of the general meeting of RANIS, a year later, the head of the Odintsovo district issued a resolution approving the new borders of the cooperative and instructed the land resources committee to amend the documents of the state land cadastre, fixing, as stated in the case file, "Unlawful seizure of land by the state forest fund." Having received all the documents, the owner of the shoe network, according to the investigation, bought the land for $ 16 thousand, after which, “under fictitious sales and purchase agreements”, these lands were transferred to Vadim Stepanov’s relatives and friends, as well as executed for allegedly retired military personnel (those received insignificant compensation for signing fake documents) to give the whole scheme the appearance of legitimacy.
At the final stage of the scam, according to the investigation, these plots were already sold at “market value” to “third parties” for housing construction. The damage from the actions of Vadim Stepanov and his accomplice is estimated by the investigation in more than 1 billion rubles. A written recognizance not to leave was taken from both accused.
The lawyer of the owner of the shoe network, Alexander Alitovskaya, explained: despite the fact that the materials collected by the investigation are 175 volumes, she did not find evidence of the guilt of her client in them. The lawyer is sure that Mr. Stepanov did not commit unlawful actions, and the case against him is an attempt to take away the company from him. About this newspaper Kommersant.