Vladimir Semin was sentenced to 7 years
The former deputy chairman of the board of Gazbank was imprisoned for issuing non-repayable loans worth 900 million rubles.
Former first deputy chairman of the board of Gazbank Vladimir Semin sentenced to seven years in prison for fraud on an especially large scale. This verdict was handed down by the Leninsky District Court of Samara, reported the prosecutor’s office of the Samara region.
“The court found that in 2017, the first deputy director of the board of JSCB Gazbank entered into fictitious loan agreements for the development of the business of organizations that did not conduct actual business activities, for a total amount of about 900 million rubles. He stole the money together with persons unknown to the investigation,” the report says.
Semin was found guilty of committing a crime under Part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – “fraud, that is, the theft of someone else’s property by deception using one’s official position, committed by a group of persons by prior conspiracy, on an especially large scale.” The court sentenced him to seven years’ imprisonment to be served in a general regime correctional colony.
Kommersant.Ru, 09.14.2023, “The banker was let down by loans”: The amount of claims of the bank’s creditors exceeded 20 billion rubles. According to the website of the DIA (bankruptcy trustee), 13.5 billion rubles. returned to creditors. Criminal cases against Vladimir Semin and former Chairman of the Board of Gazbank Mikhail Lipovetsky (Part 1 of Article 201 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, abuse of power) became known in the spring of 2020. Mikhail Lipovetsky, according to investigators, in 2016 and 2017 entered into five obviously unprofitable loan agreements with individuals and two with legal entities. Later, about 409.8 million rubles. borrowed funds were not returned to the bank.
In the fall of the same year, a criminal case against Mikhail Lipovetsky was submitted to the Leninsky District Court. In November 2020, the court found the ex-chairman of the board guilty of abuse of power and sentenced him to one and a half years of suspended imprisonment. The defendant, as stated in the verdict published on the court’s website, fully admitted his guilt. In 2021, after re-examining the case, the court handed down a similar sentence to Mikhail Lipovetsky. — Insert K.ru
Bank of Russia revoked the license to carry out banking operations with Gazbank in July 2018. The reason is a significant amount of problem assets on the balance sheet. In addition, in the activities of Gazbank, violations of the requirements of Bank of Russia regulations in the field of combating the legalization (laundering) of proceeds from crime and the financing of terrorism were established. In September 2018, the Arbitration Court of the Samara Region declared Gazbank bankrupt. The “hole” in the balance sheet of a credit institution on the date of its bankruptcy was almost 5.674 billion rubles.
Kommersant.Ru, 04/28/2021, “Gazbank received a second term”: The Leninsky District Court of Samara found one of the former managers of JSC Gazbank JSC Artem Maslov guilty of abuse of power (Article 201, Part 1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). This was reported by the press service of the regional prosecutor’s office. The former top manager of the bank was sentenced to two years of suspended imprisonment with probation. Artem Maslov is prohibited from holding leadership positions for two years. […] As investigators found out, Artem Maslov issued six obviously non-repayable loans to three individuals and three organizations. The amount of damage was estimated at 572.2 million rubles. The convict admitted guilt. At Gazbank, Artem Maslov held several positions – from advisor to the chairman of the bank’s board of directors to acting. O. chairman of the board. […]
JSC JSCB Gazbank was registered in Samara in 1993. The bank was founded by a Samara entrepreneur Vladimir Avetisyan, which controls the Volgopromgaz holding (VPG), former deputy of the Samara Provincial Duma Oleg Dyachenko (died on January 16, 2017) and regional Duma deputy Andrei Kislov. According to banki.ru, the list of shareholders of the organization includes Swiss citizens David Gaon (9.93%), Dominique Brazier (7.08%) and Konstantin Antipin (6.12%), Austrian citizen Miklas Barbara (9.61%), British citizen Geoffrey Lawrence Schmidt (7.68%) and others. Representatives of Switzerland acquired shares in the authorized capital of Gazbank in 2016. […] At the beginning of 2019, it became known that the regional Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, on the initiative of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, was investigating a criminal case against the management of Gazbank under Part 1 of Art. 201 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (abuse of power). According to investigators, in 2015–2018, unidentified persons from the management of Gazbank withdrew assets totaling at least 7 billion rubles. — Insert K.ru