MOSCOW, November 5 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Preobrazhensky District Court on Tuesday granted a motion of the convicted Tavern Taras Bulba restaurant chain owner Yury Beloivan and released him from serving sentence because of his illness, the court’s press service told RAPSI.

In July, Moscow’s Basmanny District Court passed a 2-year prison sentence on Beloivan as part of the tax evasion case.

Investigators claimed that between January 2011 and March 2014, Beloivan failed to disclose the income effective principal in tax bills and stripped a taxation base to evade the payment of taxes from his 8 Tavern Taras Bulba restaurants. According to the Russian Investigative Committee, he concealed over 650 million rubles in taxes (over 10 million rubles).

The Moscow City Court in early October reduced his sentence from 24 to 21 months.

During the trial, Belovain’s defense repeatedly said about his illness.