The investigation requested the arrest of 32-year-old blogger Ayaz Shabutdinov, who was detained in the case of fraud by an organized group or on an especially large scale (Part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code). This was reported by the press service of the Moscow prosecutor's office.
So far, none of the Moscow courts have announced a meeting to select a preventive measure for the blogger. At the same time, the prosecutor’s office clarified: “In the near future, the court, with the participation of the prosecutor, will consider the issue of choosing a preventive measure against the man in the form of detention.”
Shabutdinov has already been charged with committing eight sales, which the security forces classified as fraudulent. According to investigators, the blogger and his colleagues created “a false impression in people about the possibility of doing business and earning a high income” thanks to the courses, trainings and webinars they promoted.
Students were promised a successful business and a guaranteed windfall. After that, “convinced allegedly of the high effectiveness of educational programs,” at least eight people bought training from Shabutdinov worth from 100 thousand rubles to 1.9 million rubles, the prosecutor’s office added. As Kommersant wrote, in total they paid him 5 million rubles.
The detention of a blogger in a Moscow rented apartment became known yesterday afternoon. The day before, Shabutdinov published stories on Instagram about a trip to Austria and a fine of 30 euros, which he was given there for violating traffic rules.
The young man’s profile header states that he is a “billionaire” and “founder business schools of a new generation.” 1.9 million people have subscribed to Shabutdinov’s Instagram account, and another 314 thousand people follow his YouTube channel. As the blogger wrote in May last year, he became a billionaire before the age of 30, having opened the educational company ANO TsRP and the IT company Like Center LLC.
Most often, Shabutdinov talks about his income on his blog, and also gives advice on running a business and increasing your earnings. In particular, he offers his mentoring services, which can cost from 55 million a year, said YouTube blogger Katya Konosova in the video “Infogypsies in the Square.”
In March of this year, against blogger Valeria Chekalina and her husband Artem Chekalin was charged with non-payment of taxes amounting to more than 300 million rubles. Then the security forces opened cases of tax evasion against two other popular Instagram bloggers – Alexandra Mitroshin and Elena Blinovskaya.