Businessman Albert Laritsky who gave bribe to Nikita Belykh sentenced to 3 years in prison

Businessman Albert Laritsky who gave bribe to Nikita Belykh sentenced to 3 years in prison
Albert Laritsky and Nikita Belykh

The entrepreneur fraudulently misappropriated more than 254 million rubles allocated by Sberbank in the form of a loan. Victims intend to seek full compensation for the damage.⁠

The Lefortovo Court of Moscow has enacted the verdict against former head of the Novovyatskiy Ski Complex (NLK) Albert Laritsky, who is accused of Swindling on a considerable scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code), Kommersant reported. The businessman stole more than 254 million rubles allocated by Sberbank as a loan for NLK’s business development. Laritsky has been sentenced to three years in a penal colony of standard regime. The court took into account the mitigating circumstances, his cooperation with the investigation, full confession and partial compensation for damages caused, which resulted in a short jail term. As a reminder, the maximum term of imprisonment under this article is ten years.

Albert Laritsky is a citizen of Belarus. Since 2007 he and his family have been living in Moscow, while the business was conducted in the Kirov Region. Since 2008, Laritsky has become not only a member of the Board of Directors of the Novovyatskiy Ski Factory JSC, but also its de facto leader.

In 2010, NLK signed a contract with a German company BINOS GmbH to purchase equipment for the plant worth 1.7 million EUR. In the summer of the same year, through the Director General, Laritsky launched a procedure to open a credit line in Sberbank for the investment project to manufacture oriented strand boards. However, according to investigators, in the same period of time Laritsky also established a company in Switzerland called Champion Chemicals AG. NLK signed a contract with this company for the supply of equipment worth 16.7 million USD. On the basis of this document, the Kirov branch of Sberbank opened a credit line for the company in the amount of 144 million rubles, charged upon the allegedly purchased property. The money were exchanged into dollars and immediately transferred to the Swiss company for the goods supplied. From there, through a Panamanian company and a Latvian bank, the money were eventually transferred to the businessman’s personal account. Moreover, Laritsky concluded a contract of guarantee with the lender for execution and compliance.

In early 2011, the businessman signed the document on allocation of a credit worth 10 million dollars to his own company, and in March of the same year, he transferred 12 million dollars to the accounts of the Swiss company for the allegedly purchased equipment. In this regard, the businessman asked for additional bank loans, since his Champion Chemicals AG had provided documents, proving that the cost of the purchased materials had been 12 million euros. In addition, Laritsky took control of five real estate items from the regional mortgaging fund for the implementation of the investment project. Moreover, the NLK’s credit line was expanded to 250 million rubles. The company received 199 million rubles, 110 of which were transferred to the fictitious vendor in Switzerland. The Federal Security Service (FSB) estimated that the businessmen had stolen more than 254 million rubles.

In the summer of 2015, Laritsky was detained by the security services. A month later, he signed a pre-trial agreement with the investigation, pledging to tell about the fraud and to facilitate the exposure and prosecution of other persons involved. The ex-Governor of the Kirov Region Nikita Belykh could well be arrested due to Laritsky’s assistance. Belykh was caught red-handed when receiving part of the alleged bribe worth 400 thousand EUR. Investigators believe that the money were received from Laritsky and the manufacturer of lubricating materials, Sudheimer Car Technik Vertriebs led by Yuri Zudhaymer.

Both sides are satisfied with the verdict: the defense is not going to appeal, and Sberbank representatives called the court decision fair. Now the victims intend to seek full compensation for the damage.

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