France: Prosecutor General's Office sent request for extradition of Sergey Pugachev
The damage caused by the criminal activity of Sergey Pugachev is estimated at more than 90 billion rubles ($1.5m).
The official representative of the Prosecutor General Alexander Kurennoy said that the agency has sent a request to France for the extradition of former owner of the Industrial Bank (IIB) Sergey Pugachev in Russia. "Today, March 2, 2017, Deputy of the Prosecutor General of Russia Sahak Karapetyan addressed to the Ministry of Justice of the French Republic with the request for extradition of former owner of the International Industrial Bank Sergey Pugachev for criminal prosecution," RIA Novosti quotes the representative of the Prosecutor General's Office. He added that the damage caused by the criminal activity of Sergey Pugachev is estimated at more than 90 billion rubles ($1.5m).
Recall that in January 2011 the ICR Central Investigation Department filed a case of IIB deliberate bankruptcy; in the same year Sergey Pugachev was deprived of senatorial powers. Since then the businessman is living abroad, he is wanted in Russia. In parallel, the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA) collected funds with Mr. Pugachev through court action; according to the plaintiffs, funds were siphoned off from IIB. The High Court in London froze the banker's assets around the world in July 2014. The IIB founder was sentenced to term for contempt of a court.
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