Russia puts top managers from Germany on the wanted list


The Russian Interior Ministry has put Fabian Kröher, a German citizen and top manager of the Swiss Winterberg Group, on the wanted list. He is charged with fraud on a particularly large scale in the case of carsharing company BelkaCar.

A district court in Moscow has ordered the arrest of the managing director of the Swiss company Winterberg Group Fabian Kröher. This was announced by the Russian news agency interfax citing the press service of the court. The court session is scheduled for August 24. The German citizen is accused of fraud on a particularly large scale.

Swiss company Winterberg Group, previously called Bryanston Group, was the majority shareholder of car rental service BelkaCar in Russia until 2019.

Kröher is the third defendant in a criminal case in which two entrepreneurs, German Ralph Nowak and Russian Ilnur Asmukhanov, were arrested earlier this year.

Emigrated to Russia: Stephan Stein & Viktor Lider |  Shipyard owner near Kaliningrad

Emigrated to Russia: Stephan Stein & Viktor Lider | Shipyard owner near Kaliningrad

According to the investigation, Novak and Asmukhanov, along with several accomplices, were involved in the theft and sale of a 52.4 percent controlling stake in the Cyprus-based service BelkaCar and the illegal sale of a controlling stake in the Russian company Bryanston. Investigators assume that it was a sham transaction since the securities were not paid for. Like the newspaper Kommersant reported, the total damage amounts to 47 million euros.

The plaintiff is the German investor Benedikt Sobotka. He was a BelkaCar shareholder while Bryanston managed his Russian assets. He has been in legal battle for several years now.

The carsharing company described the case as a corporate conflict “within the Bryanston Resources company”. BelkaCar agreed Kommersantthat “Mr. Sobotka was refused the initiation of similar criminal proceedings in Germany”.

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