The Federal Tax Service (FTS) suspected the Latvian pop singer Laima Vaikule of making money from the cosmetics brand LAIMALUX RUS in Russia. This was reported by the Shot Telegram channel.
In 2022, it was reported that the artist who had left Russia was leaving the founders of the brand, which she founded together with businessman Shiraz Mamedov in the early 90s. A year later, the performer has not left the business: according to the portal, currently 51 percent of the share in the organization is owned by partner Vaikule, and 49 percent belongs to the company LAIMALUKSS, owned by the singer and her husband.
In turn, Mamedov said that he planned to buy out the share of the artist and her husband a year ago, but bureaucratic difficulties arose when preparing the documents, since Vaikule is a resident of another country.
In addition, the tax office was interested in the organization’s suspiciously low profits. Over three years, the brand’s revenue from cosmetics sales exceeded a billion rubles, but the net profit was only 29 thousand. Now the Federal Tax Service is checking the possible fact of deviation of the company’s owners from paying income taxes.
Previously, Laima Vaikule made excuses for speaking at corporate events in Russia.