Law enforcement in the Russian republic of Tatarstan have made new arrests in connection with the crypto Ponzi scheme Finiko. Two women detained this week are believed to have attracted millions of dollars to the pyramid. The now collapsed Finiko lured investors from a number of countries in the post-Soviet space and around the world, including Germany and the U.S.
Female Influencers Detained in Ongoing Finiko Investigation
Police in Kazan, Tatarstan’s capital city, have arrested two women for their involvement in the massive crypto pyramid Finiko, Realnoe Vremya reported. Lilia Nurieva, founder of a real estate agency who joined the Ponzi scheme, and Dina Gabdullina, a high-ranking Finiko executive, were taken into custody after investigators summoned them for questioning earlier this week.
The two detainees have allegedly enticed numerous investors to send over $10 million to the scam through multi-level marketing, for which Nurieva achieved the status of a so-called “10th star” in the financial pyramid, while Gabdullina was given the post of vice president. Both have been charged with participating in large-scale fraud as members of an organized crime group operating between Dec. 1, 2018 and July 28, 2021.
Their apprehension follows the arrests of Finiko founder Kirill Doronin, an Instagram influencer associated with other Ponzi schemes in the past, and Ilgiz Shakirov, a businessman from Kazan who…