Ex-Yukos exec, accused of ordering murders, lists Stanhope pad for $15M

Leonid Nevzlin and the Stanhope property
Leonid Nevzlin and the Stanhope property

Leonid Nevzlin, a former executive at the now-defunct Yukos oil company in Russia, put his 10th floor residence at the former Stanhope Hotel on the market for $15 million.

Tamir Shemesh of the Corcoran Group has the listing.

At one point one of the world’s billionaires, Nevzlin bought the property for almost $13.1 million in April 2008, records show.

Later that year, Russian authorities found Nevzlin guilty of organizing the murders of five people in connection with Yukos’ plans for expansion within Russia. The executive, who hotly contested the charges, allegedly fled to Israel before sentencing and obtained Israeli citizenship; Israeli authorities declined to extradite him for his alleged crimes. Nevzlin also owns 20 percent of the shares in Israel’s oldest newspaper, Haaretz.

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The 4,357-square-foot apartment, at 995 Fifth Avenue, has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and five half-bathrooms. It comes with views of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park, a formal dining room and an office and media room. Audio, video, lighting, heat and electricity at the property can all be controlled from a touchpad automated system, according to the listing.

Shemesh could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Rosario Candela-designed Stanhope building, which Extell Development converted into 139 cond-ops, has served as home to heavy hitters from different industries, including another who found himself at the center of a scandal.

Jerry del Missier, the former Barclays Bank executive who found himself caught up in the LIBOR rigging debacle that cost the bank a settlement payment of more than $450 million last year, listed his pied-a-terre at the building for sale for $12.5 million in January.

Other notable residents include beer heiress Daphne Guinness, who sold her home at the building for $11.3 million earlier this year, and late Lazard head and New York magazine owner Bruce Wasserstein, whose wife Claude Wasserstein listed their residence for sale in 2010.