Banker Urin who manhandled Gazprom executive released from prison

Banker Urin who manhandled Gazprom executive released from prison
Matvey Urin Photo: RBС

He was convicted of multiple instances of fraud and beating of a Dutch businessman due to a traffic accident.

A former banker Matvey Urin is released from prison in Tambov region. This is reported by RBС with reference to a source within MIA’s central administration. Urin’s lawyer Gennady Shilo who had earlier defended him confirmed his client’s release. 

“They converted the term of imprisonment.” The lawyer said. 

According to the case file against Urin on the website of the Tambov regional court, the banker filed an application requesting converting the term of imprisonment. In August, Rasskazovsky court in Tambov region complied with this request. 

As was reported by CrimeRussia earlier, Urin was detained at the end of 2010 and spent about 5 years in Moscow’s remand prisons Lefortovo and Butyrka. It was in September, 2015, when he - under multiple charges - was sentenced to 8.5 years in penitentiary. Then, Urin was escorted to the correctional facility №3 of the Tambov administration of the Federal Prison Service. In total, he spent less than 8 years in custody. 

Initially, Urin was convicted of beating a Dutch businessman Jorrit Faassen, a former executive of Gazprom’s subsidiary company Stroytransgaz and chief specialist for management country real estate in Gazprombank-Invest. The banker and the businessman  had a dispute on Rublevo-Uspenskoe Highway. Urin’s bodyguards beat Faasen with baseball bats and damaged his car. It was reported in the media that Urin is an acquaintance of Vladimir Putin’s daughter, however this information was denied by Kremlin’s Press-Secretary Dmitry Peskov. 

Urin got three years for disorderly conduct, organization of battery and deliberately damaging property. After the sentence was reviewed, the term was extended to 4.5 years. 

Subsequently, Urin who was controlling several banks (Slavyansky bank, Trado-bank, Monetny Dvor, Uralfinprombank and Donbank) was convicted of the making of counterfeit banknotes and securities (item 2 of article 186 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), several instances of swindling (item 4 of article 159) and laundering of monetary funds (article 174.1). As a result, the term was extended to 8.5 years. 

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