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The Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia asked the court to nationalize Makfu

The General Prosecutor’s Office filed a claim with the Chelyabinsk court to nationalize the shares of Russia’s largest pasta manufacturer, the Makfa company. About it writes “Kommersant”.

The Prosecutor General’s Office believes that Makfa and a number of other enterprises, including Smak and Chelyabinskoblgaz, are of corruption origin, since their beneficiaries – the former governor of the Chelyabinsk region Mikhail Yurevich and the former State Duma deputy Vadim Belousov – were engaged in business as representatives of the authorities state power. Thus, they “for many years violated the prohibitions and restrictions established by anti-corruption legislation,” the department believes.

Yurevich was a State Duma deputy from 2000 to 2005, headed Chelyabinsk until 2010, and later, until 2014, the Chelyabinsk region. Belousov was a deputy of three convocations of the State Duma from 2011 to 2023.

As the publication notes, by law they had to stop doing business, including refusing to participate in the management of commercial structures, and declare their assets. However, as the prosecutor’s investigation established, they “actually” owned a group of commercial companies; they did not declare information about them and did not transfer them to control authorities.

Having become a deputy, Yurevich, according to the Prosecutor General’s Office, re-registered the business to his parents and son, as well as to his friend and business partner Vadim Belousov.

Yurevich and Belousov had previously left Russia and were put on the international wanted list in the case of bribes for patronage of road construction contractors in the Chelyabinsk region.

In August 2022, the Moscow City Court sentenced Belousov in absentia to 10 years in prison and a fine of 500 million rubles. In December 2023, the Supreme Court overturned the verdict.

According to Novaya Gazeta Europe and Transparency International Russia, during the two years of war, 180 private companies in Russia came under state control. In 2023, Russian authorities filed a record 27 nationalization lawsuits. In 2023-2024, Russian authorities attempted or successfully nationalized assets totaling more than one trillion rubles.

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