Security forces looked for billions in mansion of ex-Deputy Vadim Varshavsky
Operational activities were held yesterday in the framework of a criminal investigation over 2.8 billion rubles embezzlement in Petrokommerz bank by structures of Vadim Varshavsky's Metallurgical Company Estar.
Investigators came not only in the Varshavsky's house, located on Rublevskoe highway, where they seized business documents, computers and phones, but also in the apartment of his daughter on Prechistenka. At the same time, the searches were held in the Chelyabinsk region, where GC Mechel's enterprises are located. One of them is featured in the criminal case, opened in May 2016 at the request of FC Otkrytie (Petrokommerz bank is a part of financial corporation).
According to investigators, in 2012, unidentified persons from executives of JSC Zlatoust Metallurgical Plant fraudulently obtained 2.8 billion rubles under the guise of a loan under the personal guarantee of Vadim Varshavsky. At the same time, lenders kept close that Zlatoust Metallurgical Plant was the guarantor of nearly $ 1 billion on the previously signed loan agreement with one of the companies belonging to the Group of Companies Mechel. After receiving the money from the bank, the plant did not repay the loan, according to the investigation. The case was initiated under part 4 of Art. 159.1 (Swindling in Lending).
Varshavsky, who after the searches was taken for questioning to the Central Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow, is named in the case as a witness. This he confirmed to Kommersant adding that all of the claims he considers unreasonable, because there was no loan agreement.
Varshavsky is also featured in another case involving the debt to VTB. In 2011, TransCreditBank granted a loan of 2.8 billion rubles to Guryevsky Metallurgical Plant (GMP); the guarantor was Varshavsky again. Subsequently, TransCreditBank transferred the creditor's rights to VTB; in 2014, GMP ceased to pay interest. In February 2015, the Basmanny Court of Moscow satisfied the claim of the bank to recover 2 billion rubles of debt from the businessman and seized belonging to Varshavsky building in Moscow center in area of over 500 square meters. In addition, this summer, upon the same decision of the court, Varshavsky's assets in France were arrested. There he owns four wineries with a registered capital of about 400 thousand euros, as well as apartments in Cannes in area of 200 square meters and cost about 2 million euros.
The Court of Appeal concluded that the transaction is void, because the money has been returned to TransCreditBank. In turn, VTB appealed to the Russian Supreme Court.