Available rucriminal.info was the verdict of the Golovinskiy district court of Moscow in respect of the General Director of "Najm-tour", a Russian citizen and a citizen of Jordan Ammar Hijjawi. He was accused of tax evasion on the profits earned for the organization of the Hajj of Muslims to Mecca. We found that the name of businessman Abukar Bekov ("right hand" Mikhail Gutseriev) and his brother - former Deputy Prime Minister of Ingushetia, and now the head of the investment company "Atlas" Magomed Bekov-are repeatedly found in the sentence. However, this did not cause surprise. Khijjavi is considered to be a person closely associated with the former head of the Board of Directors of "Resorts of the North Caucasus" and former Vice-President of the Russian Olympic Committee Ahmed Bilalov. And Bilalov is an old friend of Abukar Bekov and his" boss " Mikhail Gutseriev. They when on Bilalov brought a lot of cases, helped to keep his assets, in particular, redeemed the Krasnaya Polyana company.
The scheme of business on the Hajj, which brings, as it turned out, huge sums, is interesting given in the sentence. About this scheme is stated in the testimony of the Hijjawi, which is available rucriminal.info: "every Year, including the period from 2008 to 2010, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia allocated the Russian Federation a quota for pilgrims who can go to the Hajj and visit sacred sites in Mecca and its surroundings. The quota was allocated on the basis of the fact that 1,000 places for pilgrims wishing to make Hajj are provided for 1,000 Muslims in any state of the world. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia allocated a quota of 20,500 pilgrims to Russia in 2008, 2009 and 2010. At the same time, every year the quota allocated by the Russian Federation increased due to the petitions of the Russian side for 2000-3000 pilgrims. After granting the quota, the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation – the Commissioner for Hajj Of the Commission on religious associations under the government of the Russian Federation in coordination with representatives of the "Council for Hajj" distributed the allocated quota between the spiritual departments of the RF subjects. Participants of the " Council for Hajj "are such public organizations as: "the Council of Muftis of Russia, the Spiritual administration of Muslims of the Republic of Dagestan, the Spiritual administration of Muslims of the Chechen Republic, the Spiritual administration of Muslims of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Central spiritual administration of Muslims of Russia, the Spiritual administration of Muslims of the Republic of Ingushetia,"coordination center of Muslims of the North Caucasus". At the end of each Hajj, workshops were held, the results of which were drawn up protocols, which indicated the shortcomings of a tourist organization in the organization of the Hajj over the past period. Based on the quality of the organization of departure for the Hajj in the previous period, the spiritual administration of Muslims distributed the quotas between the tourist organizations".
And among those firms that received the quotas were "Najm-tour", owned by modest Jordanian filed Hijjawi. The explanation is very simple. MIA and RF IC, according to rucriminal.info, it was found out that Khidjawi was closely associated with Ahmed Bilalov, who at one time served as the Commissioner of the Council for Hajj, a member of the Commission on religious associations under the government of the Russian Federation. It was his submission "Najm-tour" has received a quota of pilgrims. A special part of them were friends of Ahmed bilalova, which were identified in the case file and the testimony Hijjawi like a VIP pilgrims. Among the permanent VIP-pilgrims we can easily find, appearing in the case, the names of Abukar and Magomed Bekov. Recall that Abukar and his boss Mikhail Gutseriev are old friends of Bilalov.
Here's how working with different categories of pilgrims describes
Hajjawi: "the Pilgrims of the first category were provided with air tickets to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as housing, food and transfer to places of pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Pilgrims of the second category were provided with air tickets to Jordan, after which they were transported by booked buses to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where they were provided with accommodation, food, and transfer to places of pilgrimage. Pilgrims of the third category went to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on their own, while "Najm-Tour" LLC provided services in obtaining a visa, as well as services for booking accommodation for them, including accommodation in tents on Holy places. In addition, there were pilgrims of the fourth category - "VIP pilgrims". Depending on the conditional category of individuals, the cost of a trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj was also different. The cost of the permit for the first category of pilgrims was about 2700 or 3000 us dollars, for the second category about 2100 us dollars, for the third category about 850 us dollars, for the fourth category from 10 000 us dollars. In 2008, the first category of pilgrims who left Najm-Tur LLC was about 670 people, the second category was about 500 people, the third category was about 1100 people."
To be continued