15 Jul 2019 13:49

Investigators ask for arrest of Novy Potok owner Mazurov in fraud case

MOSCOW. July 15 (Interfax) - Moscow's Tverskoi District Court will consider a request by investigators on Monday for the arrest of Dmitry Mazurov, the owner of JSC Novy Potok (New Stream - the former owner of the Antipinsky refinery in Tyumen and current owner of the Mariysky refinery), who is suspected of fraud.

"The court has received a request from investigators for Mazurov's arrest," court spokesperson Svetlana Skachkova told Interfax.

She said he is accused of major fraud (Article 159.4 of the Criminal Code), which is punishable by a prison term of up to 10 years.

New Stream told Interfax yesterday that it "considers the actions against D.P. Mazurov to be unlawful and believes it is necessary to explain the following: on July 11, 2019, D.P. Mazurov voluntarily went to the Investigative Department of the Interior Ministry of Russia, where he provided detailed clarifications and presented an extensive package of documents on all the circumstances that the investigative authorities were interested in. A few days prior to this, on July 5, 2019, an investigator of the Investigative Department issued an order to decline to open a criminal case, but this decision was later annulled.

"Due to the sudden change in the position of the investigation and the subsequent detainment of D.P. Mazurov, JSC New Stream suspects the possibility that pressure was put on the investigative bodies by ill-wishers of D.P. Mazurov. D.P. Mazurov never hid from investigators, did not intend to leave the Russian Federation, and showed complete willingness to provide all necessary clarifications on issues of interest to the investigative bodies," the company said.