Deputy head of Deposit Insurance Corporation flees abroad following detention of Federal Security Service colonel Cherkalin

Deputy head of Deposit Insurance Corporation flees abroad following detention of Federal Security Service colonel Cherkalin
Valery Miroshnikov

The insurer and law enforcer had allegedly been close friends and offered senior executives of banks to terminate revocation of licence for certain charge.

Deputy head of the Deposit Insurance Corporation Valery Miroshnikov has set off for Germany and is intent to stand down. It is related to an arrest of a colonel of the Federal Security Service Dmitry Cherkalin accused of a 12 billion rubles ($190 million) swindling, reports The Bell and Project. “When Cherkalin was detained, Miroshnikov had already been abroad. He was summoned for interrogation related to Cherkalin’s case, as the colonel of the Federal Security Service had an online conversation with the deputy head of the Deposit Insurance Corporation,” the media reported. The insurer and law enforcer had allegedly been close friends and offered senior executives of banks to terminate revocation of licence for certain charge.

In late June, Truba pod Neglinnoy Telegram channel reported about the fact that Miroshnikov had escaped abroad.

Valery Miroshnikov had worked with the Deposit Insurance Corporation for 15 years and managed abolishment of banks. According to official information, he will stand down on July 22 due to health issues. He is allegedly under treatment in a hospital in Germany: the senior executives got traumas when he played tennis.

Besides that, Miroshnikov actively cooperated with an ex-head of ‘K’ directorate of the Federal Security Service - general Viktor Voronin who had been a curator of the bank system in Russia. Over recent years, Voronin was a head of the security service of Uralsib. It was him who actively helped a banker Vladimir Kogan in reorganization of Uralsib by supporting the bank’s merging into a governmental corporation - the Deposit Insurance Corporation.

The Central Bank received many complaints. There were multiple rallies protesting against the bank’s illegal activities.

It was only in March, this year, when head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina finally turned her attention to the activity carried out by the Deposit Insurance Corporation and, according to some reports, started contemplating as to how painlessly liquidate it - and at the same time investigate all the mistakes by the insurers headed by Miroshnikov. The Central Bank apparently has a lot to work on in this field, as the Deposit Insurance Corporation had repeatedly been in a bind - including instances related to bankruptcy of banks. With that, Miroshnikov always came off clear. 

The colonel of the Federal Security Service Cherkalin and his 2 colleagues were detained on April 25, this year. They are accused of swindling on an especially large scale: they turned out to have 12 billion rubles ($190 million) in cash and jewels. Cherkalin was a head of a subdivision of the Economic Security Service of the Federal Security Service that dealt with banks.

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