Investigators seek to extend house arrest of Renova Group’s managers
MOSCOW, August 2 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – Investigators have filed a motion to extend for a month the house arrest of Yevgeny Olkhovik, a co-owner of top Russian group of companies Renova, and Boris Vaynzikher, CEO of Renova’s subsidiary, T Plus Company, the Basmanny District Court’s press service told RAPSI on Wednesday.
The hearing has been scheduled for August 3.
On August 1, the court released Olkhovik and Vaynzikher, who stand charged with bribing officials of Russia’s Republic of Komi, from detention and placed them under house arrest.
Earlier, a criminal case was opened against some former and acting managers of Kompleksnye Energeticheskiye Sistemy (KES) company, of which T Plus is the legal successor, over alleged corruption. At that time, the offices of the company’s parent holding Renova were also raided.
Three men holding CEO posts in the KES at different time, Olkhovik, Vaynzikher and Mikhail Slobodin are defendants in the case. Vaynzikher and Olkhovik were initially put detention. Slobodin, ex-head of the telecommunications giant VimpelCom, has been arrested in absentia. In late July, Russia’s prosecutors turned to Interpol asking it to issue a Red Notice for Slobodin.
Investigators believe that between 2007 and 2014 the defendants bribed officials currently involved in the criminal case against the Republic’s ex-head Vyacheslav Gaizer. Olkhovik and Vaynzikher have allegedly received 177 and 89 million rubles (about $4.5 million in total) in bribes respectively during their management in the Kompleksnye Energeticheskiye Sistemy and transferred the money to the accounts of affiliated companies.