Ex-banker detained in Ukraine in case over $15m-theft from Pushkino bank

Ex-banker detained in Ukraine in case over $15m-theft from Pushkino bank
Alexey Alyakin

Alexey Alyakin was put on the international wanted list.

The former owner of the Pushkino bank, Alexey Alyakin, was detained in Ukraine at the request of Russia. Ukrainian News writes this with reference to the materials of the court.

In Ukraine, the ex-banker owns the Progres Bud construction company, located in Borispol (Kiev region). In 2013, he received Ukrainian citizenship, but the Ukrainian Migration Service annulled this decision on July 30, 2018.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office asked to arrest the former banker, the court satisfied the request. The Prosecutor General's Office has no more than 12 months to decide on the extradition of Alyakin to Russia. Protection of Alyakin asked to release under the house arrest, motivating the request that he needs inpatient treatment, he is in a civil marriage and supports Ukraine in the conflict in the Donbass. The lawyers of the former banker claim that he served in the Arata and Aidar battalions, and also provided Ukrainian soldiers with work and housing.

Recall that Pushkino lost its license in late September 2013. In 2014, the Ministry of Internal Affairs initiated a case of embezzlement from the bank, within which film producer Vladimir Murov was arrested; 469 million rubles were found on the accounts of his firms. Fictitious firms Poiskovich, Karelcement and Capital Investment Company got this money in the form of loans in the Pushkino bank. Initially, Alyakin was a witness in the case, but after Murov signed a plea deal with the investigation, the Interior Ministry changed position and brought a criminal case against the owner of the bank. In December 2015, the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow arrested Alyakin in absentia in the case of the theft of money of the Pushkino bank’s depositors.

The banker was also accused of fraud on an especially large scale. Alyakin stopped attending the interrogations and was put into a federal, and then international wanted list.

Already this year it turned out that another 600 million rubles were withdrawn from the bank in addition to those 469 million rubles. They were transferred to the accounts of the companies of developer Anatoly Semenov. Alyakin entered into a conspiracy with the deputy head of the Tver administration Denis Gontarev. Gontarev and Semenov got four and three years of the colony, respectively.

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