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September 26, 2018, Riga

he High Court of Canton Zurich is considering a criminal case (UA180079-O/Z5) against of a Swiss citizen Christoph Portmann, the Head of Swiss companies 

The High Court of Canton Zurich is considering a criminal case (UA180079-O/Z5) against of a Swiss citizen Christoph Portmann, the Head of Swiss companies 

http://www.poc-management.com
and 
http://www.lakeshore-international.com
which provide services in financial sphere for wealthy clients, particularly from Russia. 

The claimant, a Russian citizen Igor Sychev insists, that Mr. Portmann has committed crimes like mismanagement, forgery of documents, fraud etc against him in the interests of one of the biggest Russian companies PhosAgro and its biggest shareholders. 
For short information: the main shareholder of PhosAgro is Mr Andrey Guryev, the billionaire with a fortune of 5 billions, the former Russian senator and now is on the so named American “Kremlin sanction list”. The second (at the moment) biggest shareholder of PhosAgro is Mr Litvinenko, a billionaire as well and a friend of Putin (the Head of Putin's pre-election headquarter in Sankt-Petersburg for four presidential terms). 

The specific individuals for whom Mr Portmann acted, currently have a formal status of unidentified persons. 

It is about crimes committed through the use of offshore opaque companies Avec and Parmas Corporation, the most probably managed by Mr Portmann. Both companies have the accounts in Lichtenstein and probably Swiss. 

Recall that not so long ago the biggest Swiss banks have blocked billions of CHF on accounts of another participant of the same sanction Kremlin list (Victor Vekselberg). 

Short information about the Claimant Igor Sychev. 

He was forced to flee from Russia after several attempts on his life and the initiation of a fabricated criminal case against him. In March 2018, he was granted political refugee status in Latvia (European Union).

At the same time the High Court of Justice (England) has accepted a civil claim of Igor Sychev against Parmas, Avec, PhosAgro and the biggest shareholders of PhosAgro Guryev and Antoshin. This case is closely connected with Swiss case, but the difference is that Civil Court can’t consider a criminal part of this story, that took place in Swiss. 

It’s interesting as well, that Parmas Corporation is connected with the CEO of international European strategic railway project RailBaltic (Latvia) Mr Linuzhs, who was a student of Mr Litvinenko. This strangeness was already discribed by mass media. 

The High Court of Canton Zurich can appoint hearing of this criminal case very soon. 

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April 17, 2018, Riga

Political refugee Sychev points to potential state security threats in Rail Baltica project

Russian political refugee Igor Sychev points to possible state security threats in Rail Baltica project. Sychev has granted political asylum in Latvia recently. Sychev refers to facts broadcasted in “De facto”, investigative show of the main national public TV channel of Latvia. There was a storyline revealing ties between Andris Linuzs, member of the Management Board of „Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas” and Vladimir Litvinenko, a person closely related with Vladimir Putin. Litvinenko is the second largest shareholder of “Phosagro” and the rector of the National Mineral Resources University of Saint Petersburg. Litvinenko was a head of the presidential election campaign team of Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg as well.
“De facto” journalists have found that Andris Linuzs is related with the same offshore company “Parmas Corporation”, which is involved in another legal proceeding - Igor Sychev's claim against shareholders of “Phosagro” Andrey Guryev and Igor Antoshin, accepted for investigation by Her Majesty's High Court of Justice.
Igor Sychev has written an application to Latvian Security Police pointing out that value of “Rail Baltica” is billions of euros which are covered from EU funds. He presumes that NATO is also interested in this project. If links between Andris Linuzs and Russian oligarchs are so close as show revealed, it should be investigated because this could be potential security threed for Latvia and EU in general.
Igor Sychev is afraid about his personal security as well because he is the main information source of facts broadcasted in the show. He asked police to include him in the witness protection program.

About Igor Sychev
Igor Sychev (Игорь Сычев) is former top-manager of Phosagro who worked for the company for 16 years. From 2003 to 2014 he was a head of the Taxes department of Phosagro. Under management of Igor Sychev, Phosagro has won on the court case against the company’s alleged tax evasion of 1 billion dollars in total, including 700 million in Yuko’s case, and all charges were dropped.
Igor Sychev has wrote official claim against Phosagro because of dispute about not received remuneration for defending Phosagro interests in this court case.
Igor Sychev has filed a lawsuit in London against the shareholders of Phosagro Igor Antoshin and Andrey Guryev, and Phosagro as a company.
Igor Sychev has initiated a criminal complaint for fraud, forgery of documents and malpractice in Switzerland.
In 2016 Igor Sychev was forced to flee from Russia, leaving his family there, because of a threat to life and general safety. Igor Sychev has asked for political asylum in Latvia.
Igor Sychev supports a member of opposition, Alexey Navalniy. Last year he has donated 1,5 million roubles to political campaign of Navalniy, part of this amount were transferred in bitcoins.

In October 19, 2017 Igor Sychev, together with and Olga Litvinenko, took the floor in hearings of the Latvian parliamentary group “For the support of Russia’s civil society” as persons persecuted in Russia
March 2018 Latvia has granted political asylum to Igor Sychev.

Riga, March 29, 2018

Latvia has granted political asylum to Igor Sychev

Russian citizen Igor Sychev has granted political asylum in Latvia recently. Igor Sychev is former head of tax department of Phosagro, one of the world’s leading producers of phosphate-based fertilisers based in Moscow. Sychev escaped from Russia in 2016 after conflict with shareholders of Phosagro Andrey Guryev and Igor Antoshin, closely related with the political elite of Russia. The conflict started after Sychev wrote official claim against Phosagro regarding not received remuneration for defending Phosagro interests in the court. The court case was dispute of previous court decisions for Phosagro’s fines on tax avoidance. Phosagro has won on the case and all charges were dropped. Phosagro saved around 700 millions dollars and received compensation of around 10 millions dollars.

Igor Sychev stated: "In Russia my life was in danger after I tried to close written agreement with shareholders of Phosagro. Somebody tried to deal with me three times. The wheels fell off three times, when I was driving. 4 independent investigations were carried out and all confirmed that the cars were damaged before I drove them.
I tried to solve everything in legal way but unfortunately it was not able to attain justice in Russia. I was forced to leave the country leaving my family there, and started to look for a justice in other countries — in Great Britain, Switzerland and Latvia.
I took the floor in the Latvian Parliament in a capacity of person being subjected to persecution in Russia. I told my story in Press Club Brussels as well. I applied for political asylum in Latvia in December 2016 "

Last year her Majesty's High Court of Justice has accepted the claim by Igor Sychev against the Phosagro. Sychev demands that 1% of company shares are transferred or their value paid to him, this amount being 55 million dollars, and to pay 8 million in cash. The defendants in this case are Phosagro, the main owner of the company and vice-president of the Council of Directors of the holding company, Andrey Guryev, and former chairman of the Committee of Labour Protection of the Council of Directors, Igor Antoshin. Seychelles-based offshore company "Parmas Corporation" and Belizean offshore company "Avec Ltd" have also been invited to participate as defendants.





January 17, 2018, Riga
Former Head of Tax Department of Phosagro is looking for a justice outside Russia

The story of Igor Sychev is from the same category of disputes as the sensational trial of Berezovsky and Abramovich in London, only a lower rank. The investigation of ingenious schemes and oral agreements, on which to build large Russian business. The strange case end with under a not very obvious evidence base is unknown.

Igor Sychev, the Former Head of the Tax Department of PJSC Phosagro, has left the Russia and asked for political asylum in Latvia, since he is afraid for his life and safety.

Igor Sychev stated: "We agreed with shareholders of company about significant remuneration. When we started to close written agreement, somebody tried to deal with me three times. Weird events started to happen with my cars. The wheels fell off three times, when I was driving. 4 independent investigations were carried out and all confirmed that the cars were damaged before I drove them. After I filed an official claim against the shareholders of the Phosagro regarding their obligations. Unfortunately I was not able to attain justice in Russia and was forced to leave the country. Therefore I started to look for a justice in other countries — in Great Britain, Switzerland and Latvia. I took the floor in the Latvian Parliament in a capacity of person being subjected to persecution in Russia, I came to Press Club Brussels as well. "

Last year Her Majesty's High Court of Justice has accepted the claim by Igor Sychev against the Phosagro. And he has already provided a statement. Sychev demands 1% of company shares or their value in money, approximately 55 million dollars, and also 8 million dollars in cash, as his remuneration for defending Phosagro interests in court. This was dispute of previous court decisions for fines on tax avoidance. Phosagro has won on the case and all charges were dropped.

The defendants are Phosagro, vice-president of the Council of Directors of the Phosagro, Andrey Guryev, and former chairman of the Committee of Labour Protection of the Council of Directors of Phosagro, Igor Antoshin, as well as Seychelles-based offshore company Parmas Corporation and Belizean offshore company Avec Ltd. Now the judge has given a permission to open proceedings against all aforesaid defendants.

Phosagro is a Russian vertically integrated company and one of the world’s leading producers of phosphate-based fertilisers. Its core line of business is the production of phosphate-based fertilisers, high-grade phosphate rock, and also feed phosphates, nitrogen fertilisers and ammonia. The parcel of shares of Phosagro belongs to billionaire Andrey Guryev. The second largest shareholder is Vladimir Litvinenko, the rector of the National Mineral Resources University of Saint Petersburg. Litvinenko was a head of the presidential election campaign team of Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg in 2000, 2004 and 2012.

Igor Sychev supports a member of opposition, Alexey Navalniy. Last year he has donated 1,5 million roubles to political campaign of Navalniy, part of this amount were transferred in bitcoins.


November 17, 2017, London
Sychev's claim against Phosagro has been accepted for investigation

Her Majesty's High Court of Justice has accepted the claim by Igor Sychev against the holding company Phosagro. Sychev demands that 1% of company shares are transferred or their value paid to him, this amount being 55 million dollars, and to pay 8 million in cash as remuneration for his services provided to Phosagro in relation to settlement of tax disputes.

The defendants in this case are Phosagro, the main owner of the company and vice-president of the Council of Directors of the holding company, Andrey Guryev, and former chairman of the Committee of Labour Protection of the Council of Direcors, Igor Antoshin. Seychelles-based offshore company "Parmas Corporation" and Belizean offshore company "Avec Ltd" have also been invited to participate as defendants.

The proceedings will be read by a judge Nigel Tier, representing the Maritime and Commercial Court, Department of King's Bench. Former head of the Tax Department of Phosagro, Igor Sychev, has already provided a statement. Now the judge has given a permission to open proceedings against all aforesaid defendants.

Last year Igor Sychev left the country and asked for political asylum in Latvia, since he is afraid for his life and safety should he stay in Russia.

In October he was heard in the Latvian Parliament in a capacity of person being subjected to persecution in Russia. He was also supported by Olga Litvinenko, who is a daughter of Vladimir Litvinenko, one of the largest shareholders of the holding company Phosagro.

Igor Sichev supports a member of opposition, Alexey Navalniy. In August he donated 1 million roubles to political campaign of Navalniy that were transferred in form of bitcoins.

Quote:
Igor Sychev: "I was not able to attain justice in Russia and was forced to leave the country. After I filed an official claim against the shareholders of the holding company regarding their obligations towards me, a criminal case was opened against me. That case is a fabricated and I could refute all accusations, alas, it proved to be impossible. Therefore I started to look for a justice in other countries — in Great Britain, Switzerland and Latvia."

About Phosagro
Phosagro is a Russian vertically integrated company and one of the world’s leading producers of phosphate-based fertilisers. Its core line of business is the production of phosphate-based fertilisers, high-grade phosphate rock, and also feed phosphates, nitrogen fertilisers and ammonia.

Phosagro’s primary assets include Apatit (Cherepovets, Vologda region), Kirovsk branch of Apatit, Balakovo branch of Apatit, Metachem, Phosagro-Trans, Phosagro-Region and NIUIF.
The Company is Europe’s largest producer of phosphate-based fertilisers, the world’s largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock and the world’s second largest producer (excluding China) of MAP and DAP (according to Fertecon), Russia’s only producer of feed monocalcium phosphate (MCP), and also the sole producer of nepheline concentrate in Russia.

Phosagro is publicly listed company. The parcel of shares of “Phosagro” belongs to billionaire Andrey Guryev. The second largest shareholder of Phosagro, Vladimir Litvinenko (19.4%), is the rector of the National Mineral Resources University of Saint Petersburg. Litvinenko headed the presidential election campaign team of Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2000, 2004 and 2012.
First owner of group's assets was Menatep of famous Russian billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The firesale of assets to current owners happened after court litigation against Yukos. The owners also disputed the court decisions for fines on tax avoidance. This was the first case in history of Russian court system, when the state paid compensation to the accused company.

About Igor Sychev

Igor Sychev is former top-manager of Phosagro who worked for the company for 16 years. From 2003 to 2013 he was a head of the Taxes department of Phosagro. Under management of Igor Sychev, Phosagro has won on the court case against the company’s alleged tax evasion of 1 billion dollars in total, including 700 million in Yuko’s case, and all charges were dropped.

Igor Sychev has wrote official claim against Phosagro because of dispute about not received remuneration for defending Phosagro interests in this court case.
Igor Sychev has filed a lawsuit in London against the shareholders of Phosagro Igor Antoshin and Andrey Guryev, and Phosagro as a company.
Igor Sychev has initiated a criminal complaint for fraud, forgery of documents and malpractice in Switzerland.

In 2016 Igor Sychev was forced to flee from Russia, leaving his family there, because of a threat to life and general safety. Igor Sychev has asked for political asylum in Latvia.
In October 19, 2017 Igor Sychev, together with and Olga Litvinenko, were heard out by members of the Latvian parliamentarian group “For the support of Russia’s civil society” as perons persecuted in Russia.

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