By Alina Kantor

Britain finally abandoned support for fugitive Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov. At last, all attempts to regain the status of a refugee in London refused. It seems that Britain no longer wants to be a place of "voluntary exile" of corrupt officials from the former USSR. But her role, seems ready to seize some of the continent.


Traditionally London is becoming the destination of many fugitive criminal oligarchs from the former Soviet Union. And many of them charged at home in a very serious violations of the law, from tax offenses to murder. So was the case with Boris Berezovsky, against whom Moscow has got several criminal cases: theft, fraud, money laundering, attempted violent seizure of power and a lot of other interesting things. It happened with the fugitive Kazakh banker Mukhtar Ablyazov, who is in London saw the safe harbor for the future life. At home he is accused of stealing nearly US $ 6 billion of them managed BTA Bank in Russia and Ukraine -. Fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. In general, the legacy of which had a lot.


By tradition, all fled to the UK called themselves opponents of the current government. This gave them the ability to easily obtain the status of political refugee. So it was with Ablyazov. The status of political refugee, Mukhtar Ablyazov was in early 2011, two years after he moved to London after the nationalization of BTA Bank. According to the British authorities, the criminal prosecution of ex-banker accused of stealing more than 5 billion. USD depositors of BTA Bank, was associated with the "opposition activities of its former owner in Kazakhstan." This status is needed Ablyazov not only for the safety from persecution of Astana as a guarantee against extradition to Russia, where he was arrested in absentia back in 2010.


But London does not like at all his loyalty to the "refugees" when his cheating. When during the trial it became clear that Ablyazov has not fulfilled the obligation to disclose all of their assets and their transfer into administration, the Supreme Court in London found Mr Ablyazov guilty of perjury in violation of the ban on asset management and sentenced him to 22 months' imprisonment for contempt to court. Interestingly, in addition to Mr. Ablyazov on the same basis, but to 18 months in prison was convicted of his relative - Raw Shalabayev, which directly led things hidden from the trial of ex-banker's assets.


Then in 2013, Ablyazov was detained in France. And his relative Shalabayeva taken into custody in Lithuania. Incidentally, both Kazakhstani been declared internationally wanted not at the request of Astana, Moscow and Kiev and at the request of London, "accused them of escape from justice."


Recall that in April 2014 the United Kingdom Ablyazov deprived of refugee status. The reason - to be "true" in his accusations of fraud and laundering billions of dollars of assets. Two years of appeals and lawsuits in London to no avail. This summer, the London High Court finally confirmed: political refugees Mukhtar Ablyazov and his associates are not, and will not be. At least in its territory. That is, the United Kingdom gave carte blanche to the rest of Europe to decide the further fate of the fugitive banker.


France has decided to extradite a fugitive in Russia and now Ablyazov and his lawyers have unsuccessfully tried to appeal the decision on his extradition to France's Council of State.


The fact that London, Paris and Washington recognized Ablyazov and his associates fraudsters. return of assets derived Mukhtar Ablyazov, the total amount of 1.4 bln. dollars was realized Since January 1, 2014 to July 1, 2016 BTA Bank. Thus, the High Court of England issued the Order to freeze assets directly or indirectly owned by Mukhtar Ablyazov and Ilyas Khrapunov (he manages assets on behalf of Ablyazov). June 17, 2016 the English court issued a master's order for disclosure of information regarding I. Agrawal, who is a trustee to manage part of the stolen assets of the bank. The United States agreed to freeze the assets of Ablyazov in the territory of States and adopted an action of BTA Bank against fugitive oligarch.


In general, the swindler finally recognized a fraud (at the level of the courts) on both sides of the Atlantic. However, some other countries in Europe prefer to seize the opportunity to become a haven for "political refugees."


For example, in mid-2015 the Lithuanian authorities detained a relative and accomplice of Ablyazov Syrym Shalabayev. And in early 2016 Shalabayev granted refugee status. Moreover, on the basis that "he came" and is in Vilnius "permanent residence".


Another partner Ablyazov is hiding in Europe. This ex-Chairman of the Board of BTA Bank Roman Solodchenko, accused in several countries in the misappropriation of property and abuse of office. With the request for his extradition acts Ukraine. A Spanish court has canceled the decision he decided to extradite Ablyazov trustee - the former security chief of former head of BTA Bank Alexander Pavlov and granted him political asylum.


It seems that the Western countries are now competing with each other: who will break more laws to combat money laundering and international crime. Hoping, perhaps, that with fugitive oligarchs and their associates in the country and they have stolen pritekut capital. Only this can explain the strange behavior of Lithuania and Spain.


However, the British precedent gives hope that these countries will rethink their decisions. And agreed to the extradition of fugitive criminals. After all, the evidence base of their crimes recognized by the wealthy, and in most countries of the world.






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