Court dismisses MIA motion to arrest attorney in Vneshprombank embezzlement

Court dismisses MIA motion to arrest attorney in Vneshprombank embezzlement
Evgeny Oras and Vladimir Osechkin, a Gulagu.net founder

Oras was targeted due to the fact that he is the CEO of OOO Novafinans that Georgy Bedzhamov, Larisa Markus, and Ekaterina Glushakova, Vneshprombank managers, used to embezzle billions of rubles of Vneshprombank money.

The Tverskoy District Court dismissed the motion of the MIA Investigation Department to arrest Oras, a Gulagu.net founder. He and two of his alleged accomplices were accused of embezzling Vneshprombank money, Kommersant reported.

The MIA Investigation Department and a special forces unit arrested Moscow businesspeople Evgeny Oras, Genrikh Maloy, and Olga Mulina and escorted them to a pre-trial detention center located on Petrovka 38, according to the publication. They were then charged with violation of article 160, part 4 (Misappropriation or Embezzlement). They are suspects in the investigation into embezzlement of billions of rubles of Vneshprombank money. Larisa Markus, a former Vneshprombank head, was ordered to prison due to 133.5 billion ($1.8 billion) rubles disappearing.

However, the Tverskoy District Court dismissed the motion of the MIA Investigation Department to arrest the suspects due to lack of evidence.

The suspected were released. Investigation managed to only get travel restrictions imposed on them.

The three had become suspects in an illegal banking investigation several years ago. The investigation is concerned with their 2013-2014 activity. The case was referred to court three times; it turned it down and ordered additional investigation due to undue investigation practices. The case file was reportedly referred to MIA Main Administration Investigation Department that also investigation the scandalous Vneshprombank embezzlement.

The Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow gave Markus and Glushakova, her deputy and a former head of the Vneshprombank Loan Department, a 9-year and a 4-year custodial sentence, respectively in May 2017. Both pleaded guilty to a 113.5-billion-ruble embezzlement. Bedzhamov, one of the main suspects, a Vneshprombank co-owner, and Markus's brother, managed to flee to Monaco that refused to extradite him.

However, the MIA Investigation Department used some of the information contained in the case file to charge Oras and his alleged accessories.

Neither prosecutors nor the defendants commented on the situation. However, Oras was targeted due to the fact that he is the CEO of OOO Novafinans that provides accounting and consulting services to, according to Kommersant. Bedzhamov, Markus, and Glushakova used it for the embezzlement according to investigators.

Oras is also one of the founders of Gulagu.net, a human rights organization providing legal assistance to inmates and exposing how corrupt the Federal Penitentiary Service is, Kommersant noted. However, Gulagu.net have not worked with him lately and lamented that he may have “gotten into something bad.”

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