Tax Service Seeks Bankruptcy for Wanted Russian Restaurateur Beloivan

A Moscow inspection of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) filed a bankruptcy application against the owner of the Tavern Taras Bulba restaurant chain, Yury Beloivan, who had been put on the international wanted list in a tax-evasion case, according to the Moscow Commercial Court’s records, RAPSI reported. Earlier, the court had scheduled Beloivan’s claim for his own bankruptcy for November 8. In March 2021, the Moscow City Court upheld the issuance of an arrest warrant against Beloivan, who stands charged with evading 57 million rubles in taxes (over $780,000 at the current exchange rate). The ruling was issued by the Presnensky District Court of Moscow in late February. According to it, the defendant was to be placed in detention for two months after his actual arrest. A case over concealing financial assets determined to be the source of payment of tax arrears was opened against him in February 2020. Following that, the defendant repeatedly failed to respond to calls for questioning. In July 2020, Russia’s Investigative Committee put Beloivan on the federal wanted list. Investigators believe that in 2014 and 2015 probes into Zolotoy Rassvet company, which manages Beloivan’s restaurants including the Tavern Taras Bulba chain, conducted by a tax authority revealed tax arrears amounting to 57 million rubles; in order to avoid this payment, the defendant liquidated the managing company, transferring respective operations to a new company, Lider K. Read more.