The Moscow Court recently issued a guilty verdict on the defendants in a criminal case on the laundering of 500 million rubles. This money was stolen from the bankrupt DS-bank and bought with them another bank – Eurostandard, which also went bankrupt. For the organizer of the crime, Ildar Klebleev, the prosecutor’s office requested 12 years in prison. For one of his accomplices, Svetlana Egorova, the former chairman of the board of the DS-Bank, the prosecution asked for nine years. For the trustees of the organizer Anastasia Toruteva and Vitaly Vergizov – six and nine years, respectively. This trial became the actual continuation of the criminal case, in which Klebleev, Vergizov, as well as seven of their accomplices in 2020, have already received terms for attempted fraud. The episode itself refers to 2016, when 585 million rubles were withdrawn from DS-Bank.
This money was written off under the guise of issuing loans to shell companies. Part of the money was legalized by buying 100% in the authorized capital of Eurostandard for 350 million rubles. Thus, new accusations caught up with Ildar Klebleev, who had not yet been transferred to the colony, as well as Vergizov, who managed to free himself. The latter was limited in his actions as part of the new process. Svetlana Egorova and Anastasia Toruteva, among other things, were accused of embezzlement and placed under house arrest. The case against Shahid Ismailov, the owner of DS-Bank and the second alleged organizer, was singled out as a separate proceeding. The fact is that he managed to leave the country, and had to put him on the international wanted list. After some time, he was arrested in Montenegro, but was never extradited.
Bank “Eurostandard” did not function for a long time. In 2017, he was deprived of his license for conducting shadow currency exchange transactions that were not reflected in the reporting documentation. The bank owes almost 1.5 billion rubles to creditors. At the last moment, the last cash of $5 million also disappeared from the bank’s vault. In the fall of 2022, the acting deputy chairman of the board of the bank and his adviser were found guilty of this theft. The convicts unanimously claimed that they acted in the interests of the ultimate owners. Their investigation did not establish, the money was not found either. One of the ultimate beneficiaries of Eurostandard is Ildar Klebleev, whom the court this time sentenced to 10 years in prison. Svetlana Egorova will go to prison for six years, Anastasia Toruteva – for 4 years, and Vitaly Vergizov will be deprived of liberty for 8 years.