In February, Fedor Ovchinnikov said that he was promised not to call for interrogations any more.
The founder of the pizzeria “Dodo pizza” Fedor Ovchinnikov said that the investigation is again considering the drug case in one of the institutions of the network. He was again summoned for questioning to the Internal Affairs Directorate in the North-Eastern Administrative District of Moscow as a witness.
According to Ovchinnikov, the Internal Affairs Directorate closed the case in the spring of 2018, but now resumed at the request of the SVAO prosecutor’s office.
In a request from the prosecutor’s office to the MVD MVD, which I saw at today’s interrogation, it was said that during the previous investigation “slovenliness” was admitted (this quote), the inquiry was “nenaporous” (also a quote), in this connection the prosecutor’s office requests resume the case and re-interview all witnesses.
During the interrogation, the businessman was asked about the connection of Dodo Pizza with the holding company DP Global Group in the British Virgin Islands. The investigator in conversation with Ovchinnikov suggested that the prosecutor’s office can check the pizzeria for “money laundering”.
The fact that our holding company is registered in the British Virgin Islands is not a crime. This is not done in order to avoid taxes. We pay all taxes in Russia. This was done in order to structure a deal with a large number of shareholders in the territory of English law.
The fact is that English law is better suited for investment and the creation of joint-stock companies. They have a hundred years of experience in this matter. Unfortunately, Russian legislation is not adapted to this, especially since it was not ready for it four years ago, when we attracted investments.
On February 8, 2018, Ovchinnikov said that he had been interrogated as a witness in the drug trafficking case in the Dodo Pizza network. According to him, the police allegedly found “bookmarks” with prohibited substances in one of the pizzerias in Moscow. On February 21, the businessman announced that he had been promised no longer to be called in for questioning, and the police called the situation “like a misunderstanding.”