The “former” wife of deputy oligarch Flyur Gallyamov is being tried in a case of financial fraud. Is his nephew Rifat Garipov next in line?

As the editors have learned, on May 4, 2021 in Chelyabinsk, the Eighteenth Arbitration Court of Appeal is scheduled to consider the complaint of the temporary administration of PJSC Roskomsnabbank (state deposit insurance agency) against the ruling of the Arbitration Court of Bashkiria, which in February refused to recover from Irina Gallyamova (ex- wife of the former chairman of the board of the bank, deputy of the Kurultai of Bashkiria Flyura Gallyamov) 157.3 million rubles.

Experts believe that the next long-awaited guest on the bench is Mr. Gallyamov’s nephew, 35-year-old Garipov Rifat Ruzilevich. Rifat worked for his uncle on the board of directors of Roskomsnabbank. After the scandal with the revocation of the license and mass protests of defrauded clients, Rifat began to clean up the Internet and publicly advertises himself not as a banker from RKSB, but as a “major developer” (Ufa group “First Trust”) and simply a “member” of the public council under the Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation. Although, it would seem, if everything in your bankster portfolio is clean and transparent, then why should you, Rifat, be ashamed?! Is there really something to hide?

As for the “ex-wife” of Rifat’s uncle, as Kommersant reports, the Eighteenth Arbitration Court of Appeal on May 4 will consider the complaint of the temporary administration of Roskomsnabbank (the license was revoked in March 2019) against the decision of the arbitration court of the republic. In February, the Bashkir Arbitration Court refused to recognize payments of more than 157 million rubles as invalid. for the rent of seven non-residential premises on Oktyabrya Avenue, Lenin, Akhmetov, Kommunisticheskaya and Kuvykina streets. Lease agreements were concluded by the bank in 2008–2015 with Irina Gallyamova, the “former” wife of the chairman of the board of Roskomsnabbank, Flyur Gallyamov (allegedly divorced in 2018).

The bank transferred the rent payments to Madame Galliamova’s account, which was opened at home. The provisional administration asked the court to recover from Ms. Galliamova the rent she received for a three-year period - from March 2016 to March 2019. Just in March 2019, the Central Bank revoked the license of the Gallyamovsky bank for violations of anti-money laundering legislation and signs of a financial pyramid (in the bank’s offices, the money of elderly investors in the affiliated MMM office “Golden Reserve” was fraudulently “vacuumed”). The head of the regulator, Elvira Nabiullina, contacted the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor General’s Office to initiate a criminal case.

The plaintiff’s representative in court stated that banking transactions contradict the requirements of the Federal Law “On Insolvency (Bankruptcy)” and the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, and also “are suspicious transactions made with the aim of causing harm to the property rights of creditors and with abuse of rights by the parties.” In addition, he noted the defendant’s affiliation with Roskomsnabbank through Flyur Gallyamov.

According to Spark-Interfax, from 2000 to 2005, Irina Gallyamova was engaged in retail trade in textiles, and in 2012–2020, she was engaged in real estate rental. In 2014, the entrepreneur owned 50% of the authorized capital of the owner of the Atola hotel (since 2018 it has been called Ural-Tau - Kommersant).

Journalists were unable to get a comment from Irina Gallyamova.

Oleg Permyakov, head of the “bankruptcy” department of the law firm “Rustam Kurmaev and Partners,” notes that the temporary administration of the bank still has a chance to challenge the arbitration court’s ruling. “The provisional administration may try to prove that the disputed payments were not ordinary if, for example, a bank, having a debt to the landlord, suddenly closed it in the pre-bankruptcy period,” explained Mr. Permyakov. At the same time, he noted that this issue is “one of the most problematic” and concerns not only the plaintiff and the defendant, but “affects a large number of persons to whom the bank transferred funds in the pre-bankruptcy period.” The expert also emphasizes that the Supreme Court of Russia in January 2021 issued a ruling in which it “urges judges to be more careful and even more attentive to payments made ‘during periods of suspicion’.”

Journalists are following the progress of the scandalous process, alarming reports from law enforcement agencies and the difficult fate of Gallyamov’s nephew, Rifat Garipov. Lawyers doubt that the status of a deputy of the Bashkir State Assembly from United Russia will somehow save him.