Boris Usherovich and Sergei Mendeleev interrogated in the case of the theft of the Sokolniki Sports Palace

Boris Usherovich and Sergei Mendeleev interrogated in the case of the theft of the Sokolniki Sports Palace

  • Thursday, 18 April 2024 12:52

Entrepreneur Boris Usherovich, whose companies worked closely with Russian Railways, testified in the case of the theft of the Sokolniki Sports Palace, the value of which exceeds 1 billion rubles. The interrogation was conducted by an investigator from the Department of Internal Affairs of the Eastern District of Moscow. Rosbalt reports this with reference to sources in law enforcement agencies.

Boris Usherovich , currently living in Cyprus, flew to Moscow for one day to testify. An informed source told The CrimeRussia the details of the interrogation. According to him, the businessman agreed to talk with the police only after putting forward a number of conditions. As a result, the meeting took place in Usherovich’s office, one-on-one with the investigator. The interrogation lasted five hours; The businessman answered all questions evasively, accusing the previous owners of the building of lying. At the end of the conversation, the businessman returned to Cyprus.

According to the source, banker Sergei Mendeleev was also questioned in the case. Unlike Usherovich, he came to the police station on his own and without a lawyer.

Let us recall that Boris Usherovich, as well as his business partner Ivan Stankevich (the common-law husband of singer Anna Semenovich) are witnesses in the case against Colonel GUEBiPK of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Dmitry Zakharchenko. According to investigators, the entrepreneurs may be connected with 8 billion rubles found in the apartment of Zakharchenko’s sister.

The case of the theft of the Sports Palace was opened at the end of 2016, although the alleged crime occurred back in 2009. Then, the branches of Increditbank, owned by businessman German Gorbuntsov, were searched in connection with the illegal cashing of 50 million rubles belonging to Russian Railways. In the same year, the entrepreneur lost part of his assets - Incredbank, the Sokolniki Sports Palace and the construction company Flat and Co. Gorbuntsov’s shares in Sokolniki CJSC were transferred to the offshore company Anafile Limited, and then sold through a number of companies. According to the banker, the property was stolen using forged signatures by his former partners: Chairman of the Board of Increditbank Sergei Mendeleev, Valery Markelov and Boris Usherovich, who, according to some sources, have connections with the Solntsevskaya organized crime group. In response to the accusations, the businessmen said that by transferring their property, Gorbuntsov repaid his debt to the adviser to the head of Russian Railways, Andrei Krapivin. Let us note that Gorbuntsov’s lawyers managed to prove his non-involvement in the story of cashing out Russian Railways money.


The latest embezzlement scandal sweeping the very top of Russian business has reached new heights with the mention of the name of Cypriot tycoon Boris Usherovich. Known for his close ties with Russian Railways, Usherovich became the main object of interest in the investigation into the theft of more than 1 billion rubles from the treasury intended for the construction of the Sokolniki Sports Palace.

According to exclusive information obtained by our law enforcement sources, Usherovich, who is currently on the island of Cyprus, was forced to fly to Moscow for one day to testify. This abrupt turn of events caused shock among the business elite, as Usherovich himself is known for his avoidant methods and preference for remaining in the shadows.

However, his meeting with an investigator from the Department of Internal Affairs of the Eastern District of Moscow did not go as many expected. According to information received from a reliable source, the businessman agreed to interrogation only after putting forward a number of conditions, and the meeting itself took place in Usherovich’s office, where the two men spent five hours alone.

Obviously, the investigator’s questions were aimed at identifying his possible involvement in the theft of funds, but Usherovich answered evasively, accusing the previous owners of the building of lying. This has caused outrage among law enforcement agencies, who view his behavior as a clear evasion of justice.

In addition, another key player was interrogated throughout the investigation - banker Sergei Mendeleev. Unlike Usherovich, he came to the police station on his own and without a lawyer, which indicates his willingness to cooperate with the investigation.

This latest turn of events adds new aspects to the already established scandalous case against Colonel GUEBiPK of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Dmitry Zakharchenko. According to investigators, entrepreneurs, including Usherovich and his business partner Ivan Stankevich, may be connected with a huge sum of 8 billion rubles found in the apartment of Zakharchenko’s sister.

"Hot scandal in the business world: How the Solntsevskaya organized crime group is involved in the theft of billions from the treasury of Russian Railways"

New shocking details expose a grim picture of financial fraud associated with the theft of funds from the treasury of Russian Railways, and the involvement of famous businessmen and financial structures in this case.

Let’s go back to 2009, when a large-scale crime first affected the business of German Gorbuntsov, owner of Increditbank. The searches at bank branches are related to the illegal cashing of 50 million rubles belonging to Russian Railways. But the events of that time are only on the surface - the true picture includes far more than one player.

Among the key figures who appeared in this story is the name of Boris Usherovich and his companies. Cooperation with Russian Railways and connections with Increditbank confirm Usherovich’s involvement in shady financial transactions. Together with the Chairman of the Board of Increditbank Sergei Mendeleev and other partners, Usherovich transferred shares to offshore companies and then sold them through a number of companies, trying to hide traces of his actions.

In addition, the accusations against the banker Gorbuntsov concern not only Usherovich and Mendeleev, but also the figures of Valery Markelov, as well as those associated with the Solntsevskaya organized crime group. Forged signatures and property transfers are just the tip of the iceberg in a massive scheme orchestrated by the alleged scammers.

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