Mogilevich's Ex-Wife Linked to Arbat Case

A woman identified as a former wife of suspected crime boss Semyon Mogilevich was a co-owner of the company that briefly held an interest in Arbat Prestige, Vedomosti reported, citing a registry of Russian legal entities.

The woman, Galina Telesh, held 34 percent in the company, OOO Rinvey, starting in February 2003, according to excerpts of the registry reviewed by The Moscow Times.

Rinvey held 40 percent in Arbat Prestige from June 2003 to December 2003, the registry says. It was unclear from the excerpts if Telesh remained an owner of Rinvey at that time.

The Financial Times quoted a Hungarian intelligence service report in 2006 as saying that Mogilevich married Telesh in 1995. Mogilevich later married Olga Shnaider and took her last name. The Russian media link her to Arbat Prestige as well.

Mogilevich and his representatives have denied any links to Arbat Prestige.

Another of Rinvey's listed owners in February 2003 was Olga Zhunzhurova, the wife of Igor Fisherman, a onetime business partner of Mogilevich's, the registry shows.

Two more Rinvey owners in February 2003 were Dmitry Firtash, the current co-owner of gas trader RosUkrEnergo, and his former wife Maria Firtash, the registry shows.

Mogilevich and Vladimir Nekrasov, now the sole owner of Arbat Prestige, on Wednesday were charged with evading 50 million rubles ($2 million) in taxes from January 2005 to December 2006. Mogilevich was using the name Sergei Shnaider when he and Nekrasov were arrested last week in Moscow.

If convicted, they could face up to six years in prison.

The FBI issued an arrest warrant for Mogilevich for alleged fraud and racketeering that dates back to a 2003 case in Philadelphia in which he and two associates were accused of manipulating stock of the Pennsylvania-based company YBM Magnex.