Blogger and businesswoman, mother of many children Oksana Samoilova
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Several well-known bloggers violated the law at once, did not pay taxes, for which criminal proceedings have now been opened against them. “Marathon runners” Elena Blinovskaya, Valeria Chekalina and their husbands can get real terms. Following criminal proceedings against leading bloggers, lists of the names of their colleagues awaiting checks for their involvement in tax evasion and money laundering began to appear online. The authenticity of the lists has not been officially confirmed. Some bloggers have clarified the situation.
Blogger and singer Daria Zoteeva, known under the pseudonym Instasamka, has been living in the United Arab Emirates since 2022. Before that, she actively earned money in Russia from concerts and partly from advertising on social networks. Daria also continues to receive royalties for her songs from music platforms. Instasamka sometimes flies to Russia to sing at private events. Her box office concerts in Russia were canceled by the organizers, as her songs contained obscene language, prostitution propaganda, etc. In early May, Daria Zoteeva’s Russian bank account was blocked due to a tax debt in the amount of 689 thousand rubles. Now the debt has been paid and the artist and blogger’s account has been unlocked. Previously, Instasamka earned about 3 million rubles a month, now her income has decreased.
Blogger and businesswoman, mother of many children, Oksana Samoilova at the RU.TV music award several times commented on rumors about tax audits: “There was no blocking of accounts.” Samoilova said that in the near future she would launch a new marathon – she would teach how to become a “market manager” and earn money buying products from China.
Ksenia Borodina also denied information about the blocking of her accounts due to tax audits: “I have no relation to the activities of the company under discussion since 2019.”
Meanwhile, the lawyer of the investigated blogger, Valeria Chekalina, said that her client and her husband had paid the debt with the tax in the amount of 311 million rubles. They say they took it away, because their accounts are blocked. Previously, the Investigative Committee charged Chekalin under the articles “Tax Evasion” and “Money Laundering”. According to investigators, the blogger divided the business, paid taxes at reduced rates: income from marathons, sales of cosmetics were carried out through companies registered with different persons. Meanwhile, the main “marathon runner” Elena Blinovskaya is under house arrest, since she paid less tax in the amount of 918 million rubles. Blinovskaya is charged with tax evasion on an especially large scale (the maximum term is up to three years in a colony) and money laundering on an especially large scale (up to seven years). The blogger has not yet paid her tax debt.