The ex-minister will remain in Lefortovo. The Moscow City Court did not accept the offer on pledge in 1 billion rubles and house arrest. At the same time Abyzov hardly remembered the address of the Moscow apartment Mikhail Abyzov (in the center). Photo: Mikhail Tereshchenko / TASS refused to translate on April 12 Moscow City Court under house arrest or to release on bail of 1 billion rubles of the ex-minister of affairs of the Open government Mikhail Abyzov accused of establishing a criminal organization and plunder of 4 billion rubles. The person involved arguments that he had no relation to purchase of shares at inflated prices court of the second instance did not convince. The judge Natalya Borisova preferred to believe arguments of the investigator and prosecutor. The last said presence at the person involved in the real estate in Italy and England and also that he could not even remember the address of the Moscow apartment. Consideration of appeals of protection on the decision of Basmanny Court of March 27 on Abyzov's arrest began with the second attempt. Originally hearing was planned for April 10. Then journalists waited six and a half hours, but postponed process: the new defender of the ex-minister sent the complaint by mail, however it did not reach. The meeting started on April 12 on the dot. Abyzov participated in it by means of a TV broadcast from the pre-trial detention center of Lefortovo. On the person under investigation there was no favourite baseball cap any more, and dark hair looked tousled. It was visible that he prepared for hearing: near it on a table papers were spread out. "I have a remark in a debate and concluding remarks. How it is more convenient to act?" — he efficiently asked the judge. That suggested the defendant to act as he will find necessary. The former head of RUSNANO Leonid Melamed came to support Abyzov. Earlier guarantors for the businessman the head of RUSNANO Anatoly Chubais, the former head of Presidential Administration Alexander Voloshin, the former Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, the deputy chairman of VEB Natalya Timakova, the actress Chulpan Khamatova and others were ready to become. The owner of Novaport holding and a tower "Federation" Roman Trotsenko offered pledge in 1 billion rubles. "An inveracious picture" In court of the second instance four lawyers of Abyzov insisted on illegality of the conclusion of their client into custody. They appealed to the fact that they impute to their client commission of crime in the sphere of business activity, and arrest on this category of crimes is forbidden. In materials of the investigation there are no data confirming Abyzov's participation in it. Under the Article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (establishing a criminal organization) defenders called presentation to the ex-official of charge "attempt to create an artificial and inveracious picture". "Arguments that, being at large, Abyzov can disappear are not confirmed with any data and have character of the unreasonable assumption" — one of the ex-minister's lawyers Ruslan Kozhura said. Other defender Alexey Kirsanov noticed that nonviolent crime of economic orientation is imputed to his client. "In this regard election of such measure of restraint as arrest, can be regarded as rendering on not
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