MIA suspects Kuchma’s son-in-law of financing Clinton, Poroshenko campaigns

MIA suspects Kuchma’s son-in-law of financing Clinton, Poroshenko campaigns
Viktor Pinchuk

Officers of the MIA UEBiPK and the FSB have conducted a series of searches and seizures of documents in the criminal case on embezzlement of over 1 billion rubles (17 million dollars) from the clients of Rossiya Open Joint-Stock Insurance Company (former Ingosstrakh-Rossiya), which was previously controlled by Viktor Pinchuk’s EastOne.

As reported by Rosbalt citing it own source in law enforcement bodies, the searches have been conducted at the former managers of Rossiya Open Joint-Stock Insurance Company (OJSIC), which ceased to exist in 2013, as well as in the offices of companies previously associated with the OJSIC and a large law company, which had acted as legal representative of the insurance company.

The criminal case, as part of which operational procedures are carried out, has been initiated under part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code (Swindling on an Especially Large Scale). It is being investigated by the Department of Internal Affairs of Moscow North-East Administrative District with operational support of the MIA UEBiPK and the FSB.

As the agency notes, the investigation believes that over 1 billion rubles of insurers' funds were stolen in 2013 and withdrawn to a Cyprus offshore.

Son-in-law of former Ukrainian president Viktor Pinchuk is the main defendant in the case of embezzlement from Rossiya OJSIC. Pinchuk was in charge of the joint-stock company from 2009 to November 2013, when the Central Bank of Russia revoked the company's license.

Law enforcers believe that Pinchuk could have spent a part of funds stolen from Russians on the election campaign of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in 2014. Rosbalt notes that the other part could have been spent to support the US Senator from the Democratic Party Hillary Clinton's participation in the presidential race two years later.

Let us recall that until 2013, Rossiya OJSIC had been one of the largest insurers in Russia, offering 74 types of insurance in 330 branches across the country. However, in August 2013, the Fitch rating agency gave a negative outlook to the company, and the Central Bank suspended its license and appointed a temporary administration in October the same year. January 30, 2014, the Moscow Arbitration Court declared the company bankrupt.

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