Accomplice to murder of Central Bank’s vice-president Kozlov arrested for embezzlement

Accomplice to murder of Central Bank’s vice-president Kozlov arrested for embezzlement
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The arrest of Ilya Raevsky is reported to be related to the investigation by the Investigative Committee of Russia into siphoning off of 800 thousand rubles ($12.2 thousand) from a Chelyabinsk bank Rezerv. Raevsky had earlier been known as Bogdan Pogorzhevsky.

Moscow’s Basmanny court has arrested Ilya Raevsky on suspicion of embezzlement and wasteful spending on an especially large scale (item 4 of article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Raevsky had earlier been known as Bogdan Pogorzhevsky. He was convicted for murder of the first vice-president of the Central Bank Andrei Kozlov in the middle of 2006, reports RBC. Raevsky got his new passport in 2015, after he had served 6 years in a colony for the murder of Kozlov, reports a source of RBC close to the Federal Security Service.

Russian MIA General Administration for the Moscow region reported that date and place of birth of Pogorzhevsky are the same with those of Raevsky. Mercedes Benz 4 Matic is reported to have been registered in the name of Pogorzhevsky in August, 2015. Later, the same car with the same plates was registered in the name of Raevsky.

Marina Kolotushkina is Raevsky’s lawyer in the case into embezzlement. It was her who had been a lawyer in 2011 case against Pogorzhevsky into extortion. Another Raevsky’s lawyer Irina Semionkina declined to provide details on her client’s case due to “demands of the Criminal Code.” Semionkina says the hearings had not officially been closed, but there were no listeners.

The fact that Raevsky changed his first and last name was also reported during hearing at the Moscow region’s Istra regional court in a civil-law case into involving him in October, 2018, reports another source of RBC.

According to sources of RBC, the arrest of Ilya Raevsky is reported to be related to the investigation by the central board of the Investigative Committee of Russia into siphoning off of 800 thousand rubles ($12.2 thousand) from a Chelyabinsk bank Rezerv. 2 days before his arrest, Basmanny court had arrested the bank’s former chairman of board Konstantin Bazanov for 2 months. Bazanov was also accused of embezzlement and wasteful spending of funds (item 4 of article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The investigation theory is that the banker contributed to siphoning off of hundreds of millions rubles from the bank - by replacing them with bank-bills and granting of uncollectable loans, according to Kommersant. Bazanov pleaded not guilty. The banker’s defense team stated he had been “set up,” as he could not influence the bank’s financial policy, but only followed instructions by senior executives.

The Central Bank terminated license of Rezerv bank in August, 2017. In 2017, the bank’s owners changed: Yekaterinburg banker Aleksander Ivanov sold it to investors from Moscow - including a few former co-owners of Premier credit bank. One of the acquaintances of Pogorzhevsky-Raevsky told RBC that he had been related to the bank’s activity following his release from a colony. The bank’s license was terminated in summer, 2017.

In December, 2017, the Bank of Russia sent an allegation of fraud by employees of Rezerv to the Investigative Committee of Russia and MIA. Employees of Rezerv had allegedly replaced the bank’s cash money with ‘blue sky’ bank bills and granted uncollectable loans to private entities.

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