Gennady Plaksin

Gennady Plaksin

Position: Chairman of Klyuev’s Universal Savings Bank
Crime: Participated in both the 2006 and 2007 tax thefts


Gennady Plaksin was Chairman of Universal Savings Bank.

Plaksin played a role in both the $107 million theft in 2006 and the $230 million theft in 2007.

In both tax thefts, forged back dated contracts were put in place between companies that had paid a lot of taxes and shell companies that had only a few hundred dollars of capital and which had never done any business.

In both tax thefts, a shell company used in the collusive court proceedings was owned by Plaksin.

In the 2006 tax theft, Plaksin signed a power of attorney to lawyer Pavlov to bring the fraudulent suit against a former RenGaz subsidiary claiming millions of dollars in damages.

In the 2007 tax theft, Plaksin, using the same forged backdated contracts, sued a stolen Hermitage company for millions of dollars in false damages.

Collusive court judgments in both cases were used by the Klyuev Organised Crime Group to apply for a fraudulent tax refund which was granted in both cases by Moscow tax office No 25 headed by Elena Khimina and Moscow tax office No 28 headed by Olga Stepanova, and in both cases funds were wired to Klyuev’s Universal Savings Bank.

The exoneration of Gennady Plaksin for his role in the $230 million tax theft has been sanctioned at the highest levels of the Russian government: by Oleg Logunov, Deputy Chief of the Interior Ministry’s Investigative Department, and Viktor Grin, Deputy General Prosecutor of Russia.

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