Businessman accused of stealing $32.1m from Gazprom Neft put on international wanted list

Businessman accused of stealing $32.1m from Gazprom Neft put on international wanted list

Valery Drellet is the first and only person involved in the high-profile criminal case concerning a particularly serious fraud at Gazprom Neft, initiated in early 2017. For a long time, only unidentified persons were mentioned in it.

The Moscow police put former director general of the Service-Terminal company Valery Drellet into the international wanted list, Kommersant reports. The Babushkinsky District Court of Moscow sanctioned the absentee arrest of the businessman.

Valery Drellet was the first and only person involved in the high-profile criminal case on particularly large Swindling (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) at Gazprom Neft, initiated in early 2017 at the request of the company's representatives. For a long time only unidentified persons were mentioned in it. The accusation against Valery Drellet was levelled only on January 13, 2018.

According to the investigation, several years ago, almost 2 billion rubles were stolen from Gazprom Neft PJSC through the company of Drellet, which provided customs brokerage services.

Service-Terminal company received more than 58.1 billion rubles from Gazprom Neft under a long-term contract for the provision of customs brokerage services back in 2011 but later failed to provide a report on the funds that the investigators of the CAO Moscow Department of Internal Affairs recognized as abducted. Documents provided by Drellet confirmed the expenditure of only 46.8 billion rubles, disappeared 12 billion rubles became the reason for arbitration disputes. The investigation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, having examined the materials of the joint investigation with the FSB, suspected that 2 billion rubles of them had been stolen through accounts of offshore companies. As a result, Gazprom Neft PJSC was recognized as the affected party.

Valery Drellet left Russia in September 2016, when the criminal case was not initiated yet. He does not recognize himself guilty.

The lawyers of the businessman insist on the illegality of declaring Drellet wanted. As they stated in the complaint to the Moscow City Court, the businessman did not hide from the investigation, but went abroad for business affairs and is currently busy with work. According to lawyer Evgeny Rubinshtein, at the time of departure Drellet had no status of the accused or the suspect. So, the defense considers the announcement of Drellet wanted and his absentee arrest illegal. According to the lawyer, the arbitration dispute is replaced by the criminal prosecution - the process of a bankruptcy of the broker goes to the Arbitrazh Court of the Yaroslavl region since 2016.

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