Moscow court arrested in absentia banker Stankevich in case of billionaire Colonel Zakharchenko
A former member of the Board of Directors of Novoye Vremya bank, Ivan Stankevich is accused of giving a bribe on an especially large scale.
Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested in absentia Ivan Stankevich, a former member of the Board of Directors of Novoye Vremya bank, accused of Bribe-Giving on an especially large scale (part 5 of Art. 291 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), reports TASS. According to investigators, the banker is currently in the United States.
The term of the two-month arrest will be counted from the moment of Stankevich's detention or extradition, the court said.
The investigation believes that from November 2007 to August 2016, Stankevich, as well as entrepreneur Dmitry Motorin and the owners of 1520 group, Boris Usherovich and Valery Markelov, paid MIA Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko $ 150 thousand a month in exchange for patronage through law enforcement bodies.
The amount of bribes totaled roughly 2 billion rubles ($31.1 m). Earlier, the court arrested in absentia Boris Usherovich in the same case. Lawyer Viktor Belevtsov and the Head of 1520 Valery Markelov were also arrested. In the near future, the court will consider a petition for the arrest of Dmitry Motorin in absentia.
Dmitry Zakharchenko, the former interim Head of the T Directorate of GUEBiPK, was detained in September 2016. Searches in his apartments turned up about 9 billion rubles ($139.9 m) in various currencies. These funds, as well as property in the form of apartments, cars and car spaces of the Colonel were transferred to the state revenue at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office in December 2017.
The Prosecutor General's Office had earlier accused the Moscow region’s ex-official of exceeding official authority, taking a bribe on an especially large scale, and forgery, and demanded to seize assets worth of 9 billion rubles ($135 million) from him.