Former co-owner of ROC's bank Sofrino declared wanted

Former co-owner of ROC's bank Sofrino declared wanted
Ex-chairman and co-owner of Sofrino bank Dmitry Malyshev Photo: Valery Levitin / RIA Novosti

Dmitry Malyshev himself represented the Moscow Patriarchate on financial organization of design and repair and restoration works at the sites of the Russian Orthodox Church in the state bodies.⁠

Ex-chairman and co-owner of Sofrino bank Dmitry Malyshev accused in absentia of fraud and declared wanted. This is reported by RNS with reference to the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA). A criminal case against Malyshev has been instituted under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code. Also, the DIA sent an application to the law enforcement agencies with a request to start another case of the bank's deliberate bankruptcy under art. 196 of the Criminal Code, in addition to the already investigated case of embezzlement under part 4 of Article 160 of the Criminal Code.

Recall, the Moscow Arbitration Court recognized the Sofrino bank bankrupt on July 28, 2014. Earlier, the Central Bank revoked its license for conducting a "high-risk credit policy related to the placement of cash in low-quality assets." After that, the temporary administration for the management of the Sofrino bank disclosed the facts of the withdrawal of assets for a total amount of 4.9 billion rubles ($81.6m).

Then, in 2015, the Ministry of Internal Affairs revealed a scheme for theft of the bank's liquid assets, the former management of the credit institution was suspected of its implementation. "It was established that in 2013-2014 the ex-chairman of the bank's management, acting contrary to the basic requirements of the domestic credit policy, as well as regulatory acts of the Central Bank of Russia regulating lending, issued several deliberately non-performing loans to one-day firms for a total of more than 500 million rubles ($8.3m)," the Interior Ministry told.

Sofrino Bank served the accounts of the Russian Orthodox Church organizations and was often called a church bank. Dmitry Malyshev himself represented the Moscow Patriarchate on financial organization of design and repair and restoration works at the sites of the Russian Orthodox Church in the state bodies. However, later Peresvet bank got a seat of church bank's role.

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