Ex-president of Fondservicebank detained for Roscosmos’s $834m theft

Ex-president of Fondservicebank detained for Roscosmos’s $834m theft
Former president of the Fonderservicebank Alexander Volovnik

In the case of withdrawing funds from the rocket and space industry, a suspect appeared.⁠

In Moscow, officers of the Main Department for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs detained former president of the Fonderservicebank Alexander Volovnik. Before that, his house was searched, Kommersant reported. After the interrogation the criminal case was initiated against the ex-banker under large scale Swindling (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code). According to the investigation, Volovnik may be involved in the theft of part of the 47 billion rubles ($834m) placed in this bank by the Roscosmos state corporation.

Fonderservicebank served almost all the largest enterprises of the rocket and space industry, their salary projects, as well as foreign currency accounts of Roscosmos. In 2015, when the state corporation decided to return the previously placed 47 billion rubles, the top managers of the Fonderservicebank explained that they could not do this, as the funds were invested in various projects, because of which a full refund was possible only after three years.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the space industry, said that billions of rubles were withdrawn from the space industry through Fonderservicebank. "This is a private bank where hundreds of millions of rubles earned by the country have settled, space money," the Deputy Prime Minister said at the time.

After the audit and inspections, it was decided to carry out the procedure for the rehabilitation of Fondservicebank. The investigators stuck to the conclusion that the bank's management withdrew some of the funds for personal projects and covering debts. Initially, the investigation was conducted against "unidentified persons". Now the investigators had specific questions for Volovnik. Today, the Tverskoy District Court will consider the petition of the investigation to arrest the ex-banker for two months.

It should be noted that now the Arbitrazh court of Moscow is considering the statement of Sberbank on the recognition of Volnovnik a bankrupt. Previously, he acted as a personal guarantor for the loan, which the company Volgomost took in Sberbank and did not return (Volovnik was previously a member of the board of directors of this company). According to Sberbank, the ex-banker's debt exceeds 161 million rubles ($2.85m) at the moment.

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