Support The Moscow Times!

Millionaire Not Charged in Road Crash

Moscow region police declined on Thursday to press charges against a multimillionaire whose car was caught on video striking and killing a biker in a road accident.

The incident involving the car of Alexander Zaribko, co-founder of the Viktoria supermarket chain, occurred on Novorizhskoye Shosse outside Moscow last Saturday but only attracted attention after the video, shot from another car, appeared on YouTube.

The footage shows a Mercedes S500 swerving into the fast lane without switching on its turn signal and then striking a biker, who goes flying together with his motorcycle.

Zaribko was identified as the Mercedes driver by regional police, who said they were looking into the accident but did not believe that it warranted criminal charges.

"Our investigators have ruled that there are no grounds for criminal charges against Zaribko," a regional police spokeswoman told RIA-Novosti.

Zaribko, whose net worth was put by Finans magazine in February at 7 billion rubles ($240 million), was not available for comment Tuesday.

Viktoria owns 249 supermarket stores in four cities, including the Viktoria Kvartal chain, popular with middle-income Muscovite shoppers.

A spokesman for the Dixy Group chain, which acquired Viktoria in February, said by e-mail Thursday that Zarubko is a minority shareholder of Dixy.

Police did not release the identity or age of the biker.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.