Sergei Mikhailov (businessman)

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Sergei Mikhailov (Russian: Серге́й Анатольевич Михайлов; born February 7, 1958), nickname Mikhas, is a Russian businessman and leader of the “Solntsevskaya Bratva” criminal syndicate.

Mikhailov was originally a waiter, but moved into the criminal world in 1987 after a conviction for fraud in 1984.[1][2][3] Together with Viktor Averin, Mikhas formed the Solntsevo group in the late 1980s.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

François Tharin, a Vaud immigration attorney, who was the former head of the Cantonial Office of Foreigners (French: l'Office cantonal des étrangers du canton de Vaud) obtained both Mikhailov's proper immigration papers and Vaud approval in January 1996 after Mikhailov had purchased a 800,000 Swiss franc villa in Borex, Vaud, at the end of 1995 through an intermediary Vaud industrialist.[2][10][a] Mikhailov had been referred to Tharin from his business friends André Milowanow and Olivier Demaurex of the financial firm SCFI Holding, whose offices are along avenue CF Ramuz in Pully, and had arranged for the Line SA company in Penthalaz to improve Moscow's water lines.[2]

On 16 October 1996, Mikhas was arrested in at the Cointrin Airport, Geneva, Switzerland on charges of false documents and a law about foreigners owning property.[18][19] He was later acquitted and allowed to walk free from the court after spending two years in jail waiting for the trial. One of the witnesses, Vadim Rosenbaum (Russian: Вадим Розенбаум) who was chairman of the Fund cooperative (Russian: кооператив "Фонд"), was shot dead in Amsterdam before Rosenbaum could testify.[20][21][22]

During the Swiss trail in Geneva, Mikhailov's attorney in Switzerland was Ralph Oswald Isenegger and in Russia was Sergei Pogramkov (Russian: Сергей Пограмков).[3][2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In the 2000s, François Tharin of FT Conseils in Lausanne became a partner with the attorney sons of Yuri Chaika, Igor and Artem Chaika. Igor Chaika became a partner in 2013 and Artem Chaika purchased a 40% stake in the firm on 5 February 2015 from Igor. Since 2014, Igor Chaika is an advisor to the Governor of Moscow Oblast, Andrey Vorobyov. With Swiss residence, Artem Chaika lives in Fone at $3 million home which is owned in the name of Bogdan Lisurenko. The Chaikas are closely associated with the four owners of the firm Sugar Kubani LLC (Russian: ООО «Сахар Кубани»). The owners are Angela Maria Tsapok (Russian: Анжела-Мария Цапок) and Natalya Tsepovyaz (Russian: Наталья Цеповяз), who are wives of Sergei Tsapok (Russian: Сергей Цапков) and Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz (Russian: Вячеслав Цеповяз) of The Tsapkov Gang from Kushchevskaya (Russian: Кущёвская) in northern Krasnodar Krai, and Nadezhda Staroverova (Russian: Надежда Староверова) and Olga Alekseevna Lopatina (Russian: Ольга Алексеевна Лопатина), who are the wives of high ranking prosecutors Alexei Staroverov (Russian: Алексей Староверов) and Gennady Lopatin (Russian: Геннадий Лопатин), respectively.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

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  2. ^ a b c d Auchlin, Pascal; Hamel, Ian (31 October 1996). "La Suisse, terre promise de la mafia russe Empire Sergueï Mikhaïlov, le parrain présumé de la mafia russe arrêté la semaine dernière à Genève, a depuis longtemps délaissé les boîtes de nuit et la prostitution pour l'informatique et l'industrie de pointe. Depuis son arrivée en Suisse, on découvre que notre pays sert de base stratégique au crime organisé venu de l'ex-URSS" [Switzerland, the promised land of the Russian mafia Empire Sergei Mikhailov, the alleged godfather of the Russian mafia arrested last week in Geneva, has long since abandoned the boxes at night and the prostitution for advanced computing and industry. Since arriving in Switzerland, we have discovered that our country serves as a strategic base for organized crime. of the former USSR.]. L'Hebdo (in French). Archived from the original on 7 April 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
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  20. ^ BBC News- Alleged Russian mafia boss cleared
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