Three years ago, with TV screens went advertising, in which the leader of the “Leningrad Group” Sergey Shnurov on the run takes capsules “Alikaps” supposedly increases virility, and then goes on stage and performs the song “Terminator”. In another promotional video, funny mustachioed man with a big belly and in my boxers touting other bioactive additive (BAA) — “Sealeks Forte.” The manufacturer of both drugs was the company Igor Sparrow “RIA Panda.” These Supplements businessman made himself a billionaire. According to DSM Group, “Sealeks and Alikaps” top 10 supplements by pharmacy sales in Russia. In 2015, the sales of dietary Supplements “Pandas” was estimated at 4.5 billion rubles.
However, CPS two years ago banned the sale of these drugs, considering them forgeries, and on Wednesday, may 16, 2018 the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation announced the arrest of Igor Sparrow in Saint-Petersburg and the presentation of the charges against him under paragraph “B” of part 2 of article 199 of the criminal code of Russian Federation (“Evasion from payment of taxes in especially large size”).
“as a result of investigative actions and operational-investigative activities jointly with Moi Russia across St.-Petersburg and Leningrad region on suspicion of committing a crime detained a man born in 1970, is the CEO and owner of OOO “RIA Panda.” Currently he is charged, the question on election of a preventive measure”, — said in a statement, the Investigative Committee of Russia. He placed the decision of the court under house arrest until the end of June. According to investigators, the accused and an unidentified person, acting on behalf of OOO “RIA Panda” in the period from January 2013 to March 2015 included in the tax Declaration for the value added tax false information, which led to incomplete payment of taxes and duties amounting to more than 1.26 billion.
the Problems of the businessman started in 2015. Then in “Sealeks Forte” and “Alikaps”, sold nationwide as dietary Supplements, found tadalafil, the substance whose use is allowed only in the manufacture of medicines dispensed are strictly prescription only. As a result, in 2016, the CPS instructed its territorial bodies to ban the sale of these drugs to withdraw them from circulation. Prior to this, the same measures ran the Committee on consumer protection Ministry of national economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, withdrawing the certificate of state registration “Sealeks Forte and Alikaps”.
And then the negative development of the situation was only to pick up speed. After the withdrawal of drugs from the market, the company was unable to obtain loan financing for new investment projects. It was about the second turn of factory of a name of academician Filatova, where he was to accommodate a section of ointments, gels and creams for medical purposes with a capacity of 20 million tubes per year, and plant cosmetics with a capacity of 10 million packages per year. Under these projects has already been redeemed 3 hectares in the Leningrad region. But they were frozen. The obligations for servicing the loans no one, of course, not canceled: “RIA Panda must pay foreign creditors, who have pledged to plant equipment, the credit score of 54 million euros about 500 million rubles a year.
In 2017 problems Igor Sparrow continued to accumulate. The investigative Committee opened a criminal case on evasion from payment of taxes for the sum more than 144 million rubles. Then the staff of the Investigative Committee raided the offices of “Panda” and its Contracting companies. And it turned out that almost all of them were affiliated with Igor Sparrow. And the actions of the “RIA Panda” and producers “Celexa and Alikaps” was agreed, which led to evasion of VAT and income tax.
So, in the decision of the Arbitration court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region from 11 January 2018 says that the merchandise was “controlled” OOO “RIA Panda”, presenting themselves as the exclusive distributor of products manufactured by vis, OOO and OOO “vis cosmetics”. Thus the trade mark was a registered company Igor Sparrow, she made the products under the trademarks that are registered to “RIA Panda”, lease contracts provided producers of equipment, production and warehouse premises.
moreover, materials of the case says that the founders of OOO “vis cosmetics” are the children of Igor Sparrow and the founders of vis, OOO — entities affiliated with him. By the way, except for OOO “RIA “Panda”, the businessman has shares in the same branches throughout the country, from Novosibirsk and Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod and Ufa. In addition, according to SPARK, he’s is the co-owner of plant of a name of academician Filatov in the Suburban village of the Leningrad region and of the Eurasian scientific research Institute of dietary Supplements in Moscow.
to Solve problems Igor Sparrow tried in court and out of court. In all three courts where the businessman tried to challenge the revocation of licenses for drugs, he lost, and the actions of its employees in a private manner only exacerbated the situation. A story about this Arkady Mamontov told in “Black Apothecary”, which was broadcast on the TV channel “Russia 1” on 2 July 2017.
Deputy of the legislative Assembly of the Altai Krai Nikolay Yakushev, invited the notary in his presence bought another BAD “Erectogenic” all the same manufacturer and gave it to a forensic examination. The medical examiner determined that Yes, there is drug tadalafil. When regulatory authorities refused to accept the case, Yakushev, along with a section of the Society for the protection of the rights of consumers went to court. And here was manifested the manufacturers. The Deputy came a their representative and offered a bribe for withdrawal of the claim. The ending of this story is. The October district court of Barnaul rendered a guilty verdict to the defendants in the case of commercial bribery of the representatives of the regional society of protection of consumer rights.
incidentally, in Badakhshan “Sealeks and Alikaps” tadalafil were found not only inside the capsule, but in her shell! So to hide a prohibited substance only in high-tech manufacturing, and, therefore, we are talking about large-scale fraud. Arkady Mamontov says that “under the guise of Bud sold a potent medicine, and raspisalas it without any recipe at random. In such capsules were injected tadalafil, how much it was — 0,5 milligrams or 20 milligrammov no one knew.”
Criminal article, which is now detained Igor Sparrow provides the punishment of deprivation of liberty for a term up to six years. However, in the criminal code there is a indulgence for individuals, first-time offenders, according to this article: criminal liability can be avoided if you completely pay the amount of the arrears, and also penalties and fines. According FNS is more than 2 billion rubles. However, in another criminal case against the Sparrow on the fact of falsification of products article are punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term up to 8 years and similar concessions.
Well, all this is complicated by the fact that in October 2017, the Federal tax service filed a statement on recognition of “RIA Panda” bankrupt, and in March 2018 the bankruptcy process launched advertising Agency Media Instinct. Her St. Petersburg nutritional Supplements manufacturer owed 11.8 million rubles. Total for 2017 and early 2018 manufacturer received more than 30 lawsuits from creditors. Currently the company is in liquidation, and the businessman is unlikely to repay all its debts. Law enforcement officers also informally say that the actual amount of financial abuse could be several times higher than the data established by the investigation at present.