Fugitive Russian businessman to testify against secret police
MOSCOW, May 28 - RAPSI. Russian businessman Yevgeny Chichvarkin, who is currently residing in the UK, is ready to testify against officers of one of the Interior Ministry's most secret divisions, Izvestia newspaper reports on Monday.
Chichvarkin will give details concerning their involvement in the fraudulent sale of his private car fleet.
High-ranking ministry official Farit Temirgaliyev, the major defendant in a high-profile gambling case, may also be involved in Chichvarkin's case. Temirgaliyev is now facing new charges.
Chichvarkin said he has already informed Russian special services about his intent to testify against Temirgaliyev.
Chichvarkin's collection of expensive cars was largely composed of Mercedes, BMWs and Porsche. In 2008, he was forced to flee from Russia and abandon his cars. Chichvarkin maintains that Temirgaliyev later organized the sale of the cars at knock down prices.
In regard to the gambling case, Temirgaliyev and his assistant have been detained in Moscow on charges of taking $75,000 in bribes. Investigators suspect them of protecting an illegal casino ring in the Moscow region.
Businessman Ivan Nazarov allegedly operated illegal casinos in 15 towns across the Moscow Region.
According to law enforcement authorities, several high-ranking officials in the regional prosecutor's offices and the Interior Ministry were involved in the casino operation, which generated between $5 million and $10 million in revenue monthly.
Yevgeny Chichvarkin, the former owner of Euroset mobile phone retail chain, has previously acted as a witness in a mobile phone smuggling case opened in 2005. Several people were convicted during the investigation, including former deputy head of the Sheremetyevo airport's customs service.
Chichvarkin has said that he is afraid of the risk of prosecution if he returns to Russia.