How to beat off a raider attack using forensic PR
Since a raider seizure is almost always framed as a dispute between business entities, it immediately becomes clear that it is impossible without the participation of corrupt lawyers, security officials or judges. There is even such a bitter joke in business that our courts have turned into a sphere of commercial activity.
The increase in the number of raider attacks, according to experts, means the onset of a qualitatively new stage in the redistribution of corporate property. Moreover, only 12-16% of such cases were considered in court and reached the verdict. 84-88% of the court either did not reach, or fell apart in court.
The beginning of raider capture
Capture, like any gangster raid, begins with the work of a gunner. This is the stage of choosing a goal and a customer, collecting and preparing compromising information. At this stage, employees of competent departments are often involved, prompting how and at what stages it is better to track such economic operations of the future victim so that criminal prosecution can begin. Raiders will certainly recruit informants and agents working in the company or resigning from there. There is a collection of copies of payments, contracts, statutory documents, records of telephone conversations, insiders, materials of various inspections. Widely used snooping, hidden sound and video recording.
After collecting compromising evidence, the raider raid of the most professional raiders, who are interested in multi-million dollar or billion-dollar assets, begins with a black PR campaign that discredits the victim. Power actions are preceded by an information attack on the owners. They are accused of violating laws, conspiracy, fraud, poor property management, violation of contractual obligations. The goal is to paralyze the work and cause losses, the outflow of suppliers and customers, to create a justifiable information background for connecting law enforcement agencies, an engaged investigation or court.
The next step is the so-called “mask show”. Criminal cases are instituted, searches are conducted, seizures of office equipment and documentation, and interrogations of employees. All this is accompanied by an active PR campaign in the media. Actually, it is the beginning of the campaign to discredit the media and is a visible sign of the beginning of a serious raider “hitting”. This is a clear sign of the start of a contracted property take-away campaign.
Raiders under the attention of the media
From the description of the raider capture technology, it can be seen that if it is sometimes impossible to organize resistance at the same level as the attack (communications, money, custom checks — usually an auction, who will pay the most, the attacker or the victim), it’s clear that the defense needs a comparable Arsenal of funds strategy. And it is based on the principle of strengthening legal protection by PR-means. The wedge is knocked out with a wedge, and there is no reception against the scrap if there is no other scrap. A competent judicial PR becomes such a crowbar. When a burglar attacks you in a dark alley, the best defense is a loud scream and a stone throw at the window. Nothing scares the attacking raiders so much as attracting the attention of the media, higher competent authorities and the general public.
We need to find vulnerabilities in the position of the invader and all the forces there to collapse. These are, as a rule, those whose strength he is strong – his patrons and executors of his orders. The PR campaign in the top media threatens to create problems for all those who fall into the accomplices of the raider – lawyers, judges, investigators, officials. All of them have reasons to be afraid of publicity and a negative PR campaign that could be detrimental to their career. Without their help, a raider becomes a hanging pawn, as they say in chess. The campaign will begin to stall and fall apart.
Fresh real life example
March 3, 2019, literally three days after the speech of President Vladimir Putin before the Federal Assembly, in the city of Vyshny Volochek, Tver Region, officers of the Investigative Committee searched the Siberian Floors woodworking factory. The company is known for being created in 1995 by Alexander Kushnir, who returned from emigration to the USA. It produces premium floors. The Siberian Floors brand is widely known, its products are equipped with the most prestigious palaces, hotels, shops and luxury boutiques around the world. Unique equipment, unique technologies that are not taught anywhere, except for the enterprise itself. Great location for logistics. But the main thing is a successful venture in a deeply depressed region.
As IA Regnum reported, a conflict arose between the owner of the factory and the owners of a 10,000-hectare forest site in the Kursk region, selected as a raw material base. “Partners” began to try to squeeze the factory from Kushnir. A criminal case was opened on charges of Kushnir fraud. Employees of the UK came to the factory and seized all documentation and office equipment without presenting a search warrant.
The circuit is as described above. “Partners” at first registered their participation not on themselves, but on their daughters, creating an LLC with an authorized capital of 30 thousand rubles, but Kushnir did not pay attention to these violations of the agreements.