Man allegedly behind Crimea blockade doesn’t owe $4.5 mln to bank – Moscow court
MOSCOW, July 20 (RAPSI) – The Moscow Commercial Court has dismissed a claim lodged by Eurocredit bank seeking to put a 297 million rubles ($4.5 million) debt on the list of creditors’ claims with regard to Lenur Islyamov, an alleged organizer of the food blockade of Crimea, RAPSI learnt in the courtroom on Wednesday.
According to the court, the claims as presented by the creditor failed to provide evidence relating to the settlement date and composition of demands, as well as the date and conversion rate of the claimed amounts.
The Moscow Commercial Court declared Lenur Islyamov, an alleged organizer of food blockade of Crimea, bankrupt, on 18 July.
On March 16, the court introduced a procedure for restructuring of Islyamov’s debt upon the application of Sberbank of Russia. According to the bank’s representative, the businessman’s debt under two loans is estimated at 1.1 billion rubles ($17.4 million). Islyamov was a loan guarantor for the Queen Group Company that received these credits. The company later has been declared bankrupt.
Moreover, Aziya-invest Bank turned to court seeking to include Islyamov’s 493.6 million ruble debt ($7.8 million) on the register of claims. The application will be considered on August 31.
Islyamov owns TV company ATR, transportation company SimCityTrans, and retail chain ICom selling Apple products. SimCityTrans is a largest Crimea haulier, carrying out its operations in Simferopol and across the peninsula.
In June, the Commercial Court of Crimea has suspended SimCityTrans operations for 90 days on the grounds that the company committed a serious administrative offence with regard to licensing regulations.
In May 2014, Islyamov, who at that time was Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Council of Ministers responsible for repatriates, water provision and utilities, was dismissed as failing to cope with these responsibilities.
The Crimean investigators launched a probe into Islyamov and in November 2015 raided the offices of companies he controlled on the peninsula.
Earlier, Crimea's Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya had informed that two men (Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov) behind the peninsula blockade were put on the international and one (Lenur Islyamov) on the federal wanted lists.