Igor Safonov “loaned” 4 billion rubles.
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Ex-head of the Russian Trade Bank received eight years in prison for embezzlement
The Khamovniki Court of Moscow sentenced the ex-head of the Russian Trade Bank (RTBC) Igor Safonov to eight years in a penal colony for embezzlement of more than four billion rubles, reported in the prosecutor’s office of the capital.
The agency noted that the Khamovnichesky Court had convicted 49-year-old Igor Safonov. The ex-chairman of the board was convicted “for committing a crime under part 4 of article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (embezzlement of property entrusted to the guilty, committed by an organized group on an especially large scale)”.
It is noted that Safonov in April 2018 signed an agreement made on his instructions for the purchase by a bank from one of the participants in an organized group of illiquid securities with a total value of more than 2.5 billion rubles. In addition, on his instructions, the controlled individual entrepreneurs involved in the criminal scheme received loans for more than 1.3 billion rubles, and then “cash”, which the participants in the scheme divided among themselves. In addition, RTBC acquired the right to claim on credit obligations of legal entities that are borrowers of the bank, in order to withdraw them from the asset of more than 816 million rubles.
It is emphasized that the total amount of damage to the bank exceeded four billion rubles.
“The court sentenced Safonov to eight years in prison to serve a sentence in a penal colony of general regime. The defendant was taken into custody in the courtroom. The civil claim of the state corporation Deposit Insurance Agency for the recovery of material damage caused by the crime from Safonov was also satisfied “, – said the prosecutor’s office.
It is added that the verdict has not yet entered into force and can be appealed.
Tops will respond subsidiarily
The property of the former leaders of the Russian Trade Bank was arrested at the suit of the DIA for 6.6 billion rubles.
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On January 17, the Moscow Arbitration Court, at the request of the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA, bankruptcy trustee), introduced security measures in a separate dispute on bringing to subsidiary liability the ex-heads of the Russian Trade Bank (RTBC, Moscow).
In particular, the court arrested the funds of the former deputy chairman of the RTBC board Igor Safonov, members of the board of directors Lyudmila Sapegina and Alexander Avrutin, ex-member of the board Natalia Martynova and chief accountant Olga Suchkova each in the amount of 6.6 billion rubles, except for amounts in the amount of the subsistence minimum for the person and his dependents, according to the ruling on the website of the court.
The court also prohibited Rosregistration from registering rights to real estate and other property of debtors.
On November 15, 2022, the arbitration decided to bring Safonov, Sapegina, Avrutin, Martynova and Suchkova to subsidiary liability. The court then suspended the proceedings on the application in terms of determining the amount of liability until the end of the formation of the bankruptcy estate of the bank and the completion of settlements with creditors. The case was considered at the request of the DIA to bring to subsidiary liability 8 people who previously controlled the bank, in the amount of 6.6 billion rubles.
On October 12, 2022, the Arbitration Court of the Moscow District upheld the refusal of the DIA to take security measures on the claim. The agency submitted a new application on December 12, which was granted on January 17.
The Bank of Russia revoked the license from RTBC from April 20, 2018, the Moscow Arbitration Court declared the bank bankrupt on August 10, 2018.
According to the Central Bank, the main owners of the bank through a number of legal entities are Sergey and Nina Muravlenko (total 25.54%), Sergey Tyulenev (19%), Alexander Avrutin (19.32%).
At the end of 2017, RTBC ranked 217th in terms of assets in the Interfax-100 ranking prepared by Interfax-CEA. According to the Bank of Russia, as of April 1, 2018, in terms of assets, this credit institution ranked 215th in the country’s banking system.