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The consequence was asked to arrest the son-in-law Berezovsky on the murder

Source: RIA Novosti


Date: February, 9, 2015


Was a murder of a businessman A. Mineev ordered by Berezovsky’s  son in law, who lives in London?


The late oligarch Boris Berezovsky’s son in law businessman George Schuppe, and owner of a large Swiss company Mikhail Nekrichare announcedby Russia at international wanted list.

According to investigators, they ordered the killing of the founder of the trade network "Party" Alexander Mineev.

The murder was committed in the suburban town of Korolev, January 22, 2014. Criminals shot the businessman with a machine gun and took possession of his property at $ 1 billion.

Investigative Committee of the Russian Interior Ministry continues  investigation, whereby a number of former top managers of A.Mineev have beendetained on suspicion of preparation and participation in the crime.







Russian Economic Forum in London. 
Businessman Alexander Mineev (left) and president of the "Marta" holding George Trefilov (right) at 
the "Russian Rhapsody" ball in the Old Billingsgate venue. 
Photo: Valery Levitin / Kommersant

In Moscow suburbs on January 22nd 2014 the founder and former owner of Russia's first hardware retail chain "Partya", 49-year-old Alexander Mineev, was killed in broad daylight inside his car. The killer shot Mineev about 30 times when the victim's car stopped at a crosswalk with numerous witnesses and then disappeared.




Being a multimillionaire from the 90s and one of the first legendary retailers to the new Russian market, he became famous not only due to ties with the leaders of Solntsevskaya  organized crime group or his grandiose wealth, but also thanks to the aggressive advertising of the retail network "PARTYA", which is still remembered by his countrymen. "Beyond the politics. Beyond the competition "- once would come from every second TV, purchased from Mineev's stores by the then still unsophisticated and suseptible to the consumer boom Russian buyers.

In the era of the 90s, many businessmen like Mineev became lightning-fast rich and famous. The only question was how to preserve not only the "hastly" acquired wealth, but also their lives. On the streets of Moscow (and other cities) in its cafes and restaurants, even world-class hotels - a rare day went by without gunfire and explosions. And the pages of newspapers did not bother to report yet another address where there was, as they said, "gangster" or "criminal activity".

As usual, in battle it is not only the strongest that survive, but also those who can stop in time. Mineev was among those who became rich in their youth and did not wait for new competitors and changes to come (and they did not take long - at the beginning of the "zero" years Mineev's network profits for 4 years decreased by 3.5 times). Thus he went to live in London together with his family to relax and, as he liked to joke with reporters, "to retire".

In London he purchased real estate listings of known historical value. He then lived like a "renter", wrote poems for pleasure, drank a lot, "scolded" the Russian authorities ... and led divorce proceedings with his wife.

Soon after his divorce in 2012 Mineev unexpectedly returned to Russia to independently manage business operations related to real estate owned by him in Moscow (rental income from which reached up to 350 million rubles per month according to media reports). Mineev owned a number of properties located in prime locations, including 10 shopping malls rated at more than 700 million dollars.

Having such finances Mineev could live comfortably in any country until the end of his days without doing any work. Rather than wanting more money, the businessman was in need of activity. Moreover he came back to work in Moscow while already seriously ill. It seems Mineev was not in demand in Britain. Till the end he could not get used to the different culture and its rules and kept missing his old glory days.

Similar story about restlessness and lack of prospects was told by his a lot less successful pal Trefilov. In autumn of 2013 from the pages of RBC-daily he complained that "he does not see himself as a businessman in Britain" and wants to return to Russia.

In turn, the British society finds it hard to get used to the "new Russian" nouveau riche, with their low threshold towards criminality, social inadequacy and tendency to throw money left and right. And as a rule the nation "does not take notice of them" without reason.

(From the materials of the British press) 

In 2009 Mr. Mineev purchased the famous five-star hotel Underscar Manor in the very "heart" of the UK, near Keswick, which is historically in Cumberland county known from the XIII century, and located near the Bassenthwaite Lake, belonging to the Lake District National Park (UK national treasure).

Prior to the buying of it by Mineev, only five years ago, the hotel was visited by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and was in general very popular with celebrities, aristocrats and members of the Royal family. This location in Britain is traditionally considered to be one of the "paradise corners", which gives "spiritual food" to the British that come there.


Underscar Manor, Keswick, Cumbria, United Kingdom.

After the acquisition of the hotel by Mr. Mineev the British press noted that the landscape of the magnificent garden around the old English estate was "substantially changed" - the new owner placed "a number of impressive ornamental pagodas (!), as well as two life-sized stone statues of stags at the manor’s entrance".

"... After the divorce - the castle stays empty, with no one living within and gates locked. Since the end of 2013 the property remains under the protection of security services"- according to British newspaper News & Star.

The businessman A. Mineev drew the attention of the British media with his loud divorce proceedings in the High Court, in London, and this "buy of the century". It appears that he was not known in England for anything remarkable, except for demonstration of status and a strange approach to design.




After returning to Moscow strange events began to happen around him. Apparently, Mineev quickly got involved in a criminal "development", which resulted in the "disappearance" of some constitutional documents, followed by a dismissal of a very suspicious employee, a Dagestan native. Subsequently the story continued with a search conducted in Mineev’s office by the Dagestan Interior Ministry officers (?), which ended with the legal loss of buildings belonging to the businessman and then the managing company itself.

Events leading up to the tragedy are described by many publications and indicate that Mineev spent his last year in a zone of risk - colleagues noticed beside him people of criminal background, no security was present, top – managers got dismissed and replaced by sometimes random people, who were recruited in a careless manner and a favorite oligarch way - during endless feasts.

Only after there was an actual “raider” seizure of his property did Mineev finally appeal to the UEBiPK GU MVD and the courts of arbitration and began forming his own security service to protect his rights and interests. 

And at this point he was killed. In broad daylight and in front of passers-by, the car was riddled with bullets without hitting anyone else, except for a billionaire who in the end decided to "play war".


Just like in the 90s


So what ties together Trefilov, a man fleeing into exile from debts and investigation, and Mineev, a prominent businessman and legal resident of London and Moscow? Both of them came from the first generation of businessmen formed under same conditions and at approximately same time. The social and economic changes of the 90s drastically changed the life in Russia and the fates of many. Not to mention it brought freedom and unprecedented opportunities for entrepreneurs. Life changed rapidly, markets grew, and capital was won by those not afraid to take risks. And then when it came to liability, not everyone was ready for it.

Of course Mineev and Trefilov lived and used their entrepreneurial opportunities differently. But once the new times came and culture changed, both at some point stopped fitting into the unfamiliar schemes and conditions. They could not cope with "the weight of the money", and then disillusioned they lost the original meaning of their goals, making fatal mistakes. And one became bankrupt, while the other paid with his life...
For such a fickle fortune.

A. Mineev was not a fugitive businessman. He lived in London legally, and this story about him is posted on the site due to typicality of his history and similar shared traits with other heroes of this site.​