Bankster Operation. Details of detention of banker Vladimir Antonov revealed

Bankster Operation. Details of detention of banker Vladimir Antonov revealed
Vladimir Antonov

The businessman was detained as part of the criminal case on embezzlement in the Sovetsky bank.

Operatives detained banker Vladimir Antonov in his mansion in the suburbs, when he returned from Krasnaya Polyana, where he was skiing. This morning, accompanied by the operatives of the banking department of the Department for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, the businessman was taken to St. Petersburg by plane. Before the detention, financial monitoring was conducted; the operation was held under the name Bankster. At the same time, as reported by Fontanka, the investigative measures are ongoing in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Chelyabinsk.

The criminal case of embezzlement of the funds from the Sovetsky bank was initiated as early as 2016 by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of St. Petersburg. The amount of the damage is estimated at 1 billion rubles ($15.6m).

Recall, today the police detained businessman Vladimir Antonov on suspicion of a fraud. Law enforcement officials gave no comments on the detention.

Entrepreneur Vladimir Antonov, the ex-owner of the British football club Portsmouth, one of the founders of Converse Group, does not own the Sovetsky bank according to the documents. The credit organization came under financial rehabilitation in October 2015. This decision was made out of signs of the bank's unsustainable financial situation, which create a threat to the interests of its creditors, the regulator clarified.

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