Law enforcers prevent withdrawal of $803.7m from Russia
When exactly the attempt was made and who implemented it, the Head of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring) did not specify.
Head of Rosfinmonitoring Yuri Chikhanchin reported to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin about the prevention of the attempt to withdraw about 50 billion rubles ($803.7m) from Russia. The transcript of the report is published on the Kremlin website.
Chikhanchin clarified that the employees of his department worked together with the team of the Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev, as they tried to use unlawful court decisions in the withdrawal schemes.
"That is, they came and confirmed that the money was phony through the court. We managed to prevent an attempt to withdraw money abroad through judicial decisions," Chikhanchin said.
He stressed that recently there had been a trend of using judicial authorities in such financial frauds. This topic, according to the official, was discussed within the framework of the interdepartmental commission on combating the legalization (laundering) of criminal proceeds, financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
When exactly the attempt was made and who implemented it, the Head of the Rosfinmonitoring did not specify.
According to the Central Bank, 78 billion rubles ($1.25bn) were siphoned off from Russia in 2017. This is 2.4 times less than the same figure for 2016. Then the representative of the regulator also reported an increase in the withdrawal of funds through small and micro-business companies.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.