Appeal against recovery of $4.5 mln from lawyer as part of embezzlement put on hold
MOSCOW, July 29 (RAPSI) – The Moscow District Commercial Court has left without action a cassation appeal of Chairman of Tretyakov & Partners law firm Igor Tretyakov involved in the Roscosmos embezzlement case against an order to recover over 308 million rubles ($4.5 million) till August 23, the court’s records read on Monday.
This May, the Tenth Commercial Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed a respective appeal of Tretyakov.
In late November 2018, the Moscow Regional Commercial Court ordered recovery of the money Tretyakov allegedly received in the S.A. Lavochkin Scientific Union under the pretence of legal services. The court also declared 21 contracts signed by the Scientific Union and the lawyer between July 2016 and January 2018 invalid.
The court therefore granted a claim filed by the Moscow Region Prosecutor’s Office on behalf of the Federal Property Management Agency (Rosimushchestvo) and the state corporation Roscosmos. Prosecutors insisted that the agreements were invalid as Tretyakov had not participate in court proceedings himself. Thus, the lawyer has only created a semblance of his activity.
Currently, Tretyakov is also a defendant in the case on embezzling 330 million rubles (about $5 million) from Roscosmos. The lawyer and two other defendants, ex-CEO of the S.A. Lavochkin Scientific Union Sergey Lemeshevsky and chief of the Union’s legal department Yekaterina Averyanova are detained.
According to investigators, the defendants have stolen assets of Roscosmos by signing fraudulent contracts for provision of legal services with the law firm. All the works were allegedly performed by the corporation’s own specialists. The overall sum of payments to the firm reached 330 million rubles.