Central Bank not to revoke license of bank Colonel Zakharchenko took bribes through

Central Bank not to revoke license of bank Colonel Zakharchenko took bribes through

The investigation theory is that bribes had been paid to Colonel of MIA’s Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption Zakharchenko through Interprogress bank . In 2018, searches were carried out in the bank. The question of revoking the license came up.

The Central Bank of the Russian Federeation has changed the mind to revoke a license from Interprogress bank tied to a case against a former Colonel of MIA’s Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption Dmitry Zakharchenko, reports Russky kriminal (Russian crime) with reference to its sources. The investigation theory is that bribes had been paid to the billionaire Colonel. In late 2018, searches were carried out in the bank. The question of revoking the license came up.

The sources tie the fact that the Central Bank had changed its mind to a change of status of the bank’s co-owner Aleksey Krapivin (from a businessman who had faced arrest to an important link in a bargain related to sale of GK 1520 with multi-billion contracts with Russian Railways), as well as to activity of another co-owner of the bank Boris Usherovich who has been put on a wanted list and is hiding from the prosecution in Israel.

Usherovich is reported to have applied for political asylum in Great Britain. He allegedly stated that he had been subject to extortion of bribes from the side of Russian law-enforcers. Besides that, the businessman founded a fund in London that invests $2 billion in real estate; he also allocated $70 million to solve his issues with Russia. According to the sources, this amount is being managed by a ‘decision maker’ Dmitry Smychkovsky who is also on a federal wanted list in Russia in a case into giving bribes to officers of the Investigative Committee of Russia for release of an assistant of a ’thief in law’ Shakro Molodoy - Andrey Kochuykov (aka Italianets). According to the news outlet, Smychkovsky is trying to solve Usherovich’s issues with law enforcement agencies in Moscow.

The outlet notes that despite the fact that he had been put on the wanted list in the high-profile case, Usherovich managed to save his assets - including Interprogress. The investigation found out that Usherovich, Aleksey Krapivin and their partner Valery Krapivin had paid large amount of money to the billionaire Colonel through the bank for protection related to law enforcement. In November, 2018, searches were carried out in the bank. According to sources of Russian crime, documents that proved this fact were found. After that, Markelov was arrested, and Usherovich was put on a federal wanted list. Krapivin was going to be detained, as well. The Central Bank considered the question of revoking the license from Interprogress.

The situation changed when GK 1520 that is managed by Krapivin found itself under control of Igor Rotenberg. At the present time, VEB (Vnesheconombank) expresses an interest in it. It is Krapivin who negotiates the bargain. Law enforcer suddenly stopped being interested in him. The Central Bank in its turn changed its mind as to revoking the license from the bank.

Aleksey Krapivin’s father Adnrey Krapivin had long been an adviser of an ex-head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin and supplying GK 1520 with multi-billion governmental contracts. Witnesses say that after death of Krapivin Sr., Usherovich and Markelov became heads of the Group. They instigated the subsequent theft of funds. The total damage, according to Zakharchenko’s case files, is estimated at 300 billion rubles ($4.6 billion).

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