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    Korneeva Valentina Alexandrovna | 22 Jan 2007

    Valentina Korneeva worked for a long time as a director of a shop in the group of soviet troops in Germany. After withdrawal of troops in the beginning of 1990-s Korneeva came back to Moscow where she created and became a head of a trade company «Foenix».

    Valentina Korneeva was shot down near her flats door in Moscow on the 21-th of January 1998. The former police employee Vladimir Shapiro confessed of committing this crime. He made this confession in the Moscow City Court in summer 2006 during the second Alexey Pichugins trial. Vladimir Shapiros evidence had been heard in the closed sessions  by the application of the prisoner himself.

    As a witness of assassination and a victim there appeared Valentina Korneevas husband  Dmitry Korneev, worked in his wifes company as a driver.

    According to the protocols of interrogation read out at the court session, before Dmitry Korneev had connected his wifes assassination with the suit between the «Foenix»s cofounders  Valentina Korneeva and Valentin Tarakteluk. Tarakteluk got a credit in bank in security for his share in «Foenix» and deposited gained money to the company «MMM». When this financial pyramid collapsed, Tarakteluk came into troubles with the debts repayment. Valentina Korneeva began to demand of Tarakteluk to sell to her his share in «Foenix». However, he refused and that was the reason for the suit, which, according to Dmitry Korneev, could become a reason for assassination.

    It is impossible to interrogate Tarakteluk himself at present time, as he died in traffic accident some years ago, and his share was bought by Korneevas heirs.

    Meanwhile, the public prosecutors with regard to Alexey Pichugins case Kamil Kashaev and Kira Gudim indicated to court that Valentina Korneeva had refused to accept the offer of selling to the bank «Menatep» the premises of her shop „Tea“, situated in the Pokrovka street, 8, in Moscow. According to them, that was what caused the motive of the assassination, «ordered» to Vladimir Shapiro by Alexey Pichugin and the „Yukos“ top-management.


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