The ‘Former’ Wife of Deputy-Oligarch Flur Gallyamov is on Trial for Financial Fraud. Next in Line - His Nephew Rifat Garipov?

As reported to the editorial office of "Infopress," on May 4, 2021, in Chelyabinsk, the Eighteenth Arbitration Appellate Court has scheduled a hearing for the appeal filed by the temporary administration of PAO "Roskomsnabbank" (the state agency for deposit insurance) against the decision of the Bashkortostan Arbitration Court, which in February refused to recover 157.3 million rubles from Irina Gallyamova (the ex-wife of former chairman of the bank’s board, Kurultai deputy Flur Gallyamov).

Experts believe that the next eagerly awaited guest in the courtroom will be the nephew of Mr. Gallyamov, 35-year-old Rifat Ruzilevich Garipov. Rifat worked for his uncle on the board of directors of Roskomsnabbank. After the scandal involving the revocation of the bank’s license and mass protests by deceived clients, Rifat took to cleaning up his online image and publicly presents himself not as a banker from RKSB, but as a "major developer" (Ufa group "Pervy Trest") and simply a "member" of the Public Council under the Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation. Although, one might think, if your banking portfolio is clean and transparent, Rifat, what do you have to hide?! Is there really something to conceal?

Regarding the "former" wife of Rifat’s uncle, as reported by "Kommersant," on May 4, the Eighteenth Arbitration Appellate Court will consider the appeal filed by the temporary administration of Roskomsnabbank (the license was revoked in March 2019) against the decision of the republic’s arbitration court. The Bashkir Arbitration Court in February refused to recognize as invalid transactions the payment of over 157 million rubles for the lease of seven non-residential premises on Oktyabr Avenue, Lenin Street, Akhmetov Street, Kommunisticheskaya Street, and Kuvykin Street. The lease agreements were concluded by the bank from 2008 to 2015 with Irina Gallyamova — the "former" wife of the chairman of the board of Roskomsnabbank Flur Gallyamov (they allegedly divorced in 2018).

The bank transferred the rental payments to Madame Gallyamova’s account, which was opened with the bank itself. The temporary administration asked the court to recover from Mrs. Gallyamova the funds she received for rent over a three-year period — from March 2016 to March 2019. It was precisely in March 2019 that the Central Bank revoked the license of the Gallyamov bank for violating anti-money laundering legislation and signs of a financial pyramid scheme (the bank’s offices deceived elderly depositors by siphoning money into an affiliated MMM company, "Golden Reserve"). The head of the regulator, Elvira Nabiullina, appealed to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor General’s Office to initiate a criminal case.

The plaintiff’s representative in court argued that the bank’s operations were contrary to the requirements of the Federal Law "On Insolvency (Bankruptcy)" and the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, as well as "constituted suspicious transactions aimed at causing harm to the property rights of creditors and abusing the rights of the parties." He also noted the defendant’s affiliation with Roskomsnabbank through Flur Gallyamov.

According to "Spark-Interfax" data, from 2000 to 2005, Irina Gallyamova was engaged in retail trade in textile products, and from 2012 to 2020, she leased real estate. In 2014, the entrepreneur owned 50% of the charter capital of the owner of the Atola hotel (since 2018 called "Ural-Tau" — Kommersant).

Journalists are following the course of the scandalous process, the alarming reports of law enforcement agencies, and the difficult fate of the Gallyamov nephew — Rifat Garipov. Lawyers doubt that the status of a deputy of the Bashkir State Assembly from "United Russia" will save him in any way.