Master Bank case: security forces raided International Center of Roerichs in Moscow
ICR representatives showed a ruling of paintings' seizure, from which it follows that searches are held in the framework of the criminal case against chairman of Master Bank Boris Bulochnik.
This morning investigators arrived in the International Center of the Roerichs accompanied by riot police. According to vice-president of the center-museum Alexander Stetsenko, law enforcers seized the property of the museum, including paintings that were being prepared for the exhibition. Among visitors Counselor of the Ministry of Culture of Russia Kirill Rybak was, Novaya Gazeta reports. According to Stetsenko, ICR representatives showed a ruling of paintings' seizure, from which it follows that searches are held in the framework of the criminal case against chairman of Master Bank Boris Bulochnik. The money of the Roerichs center was kept in this credit institution.
Recall, a criminal case of Master Bank Deliberate Bankruptcy (Article 196 of the Criminal Code) was instituted on May 12, 2015. And in April 2016, former chairman of the bank board Boris Bulochnik was arrested and put on the international wanted list.
According to the investigators, "persons from among former leaders of Master Bank committed actions for the issuance of deliberately non-repayable loans issued to individuals as well as to various legal entities from August 2012 to August 2013." In total, the case collected more than 170 individuals and 200 commercial organizations, for which such loans were issued. The total damage from such technical loans was estimated at 61 billion rubles ($1 billion). According to the Central Bank, Master Bank also carried out cash-in-cash operations, amounting to 200 billion rubles ($3.4 billion) per year.
However, the museum staff links actions of investigators to an attempt to take away the building of the center, located in the Lopukhins' manor, in favor of the Ministry of Culture. This story is dribbling along since 2008.
So, according to Novaya Gazeta, on March 13 the hearing on museum’s ouster will be held. Ostensibly, in the building there are registered 17 different legal entities. All of them are debtors for taxes. However, the museum's employees are not aware of these debtor companies.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).