Owner of Energostroyinvest Holding put on international wanted list
Investigators claimed that Anton Zingarevich stole 2,5 billion rubles from the MTS-Bank and the Globex Bank.
The Tverskoy Court of Moscow has arrested in absentia Anton Zingarevich, satisfying the request of the Investigative Department of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. His father is a former Rosseti board member and the co-owner of the Ilim Group Boris Zingarevich. Anton Zingarevich is accused of Swindling in lending committed on an especially large scale (part 4 of art. 159.1 of the Russian Criminal Code). Another defendant in the case is the CEO of Energostroyinvest Holding and the Head of one of its structures, Inzhiniringoviy Tsentr Energo Limited Liability Company, Konstantin Shishkin. He remains currently under house arrest.
In 2013, the MTS-Bank gave out a loan of 1 billion rubles to the holding. Those funds were supposed to be spent on the development of Energo. In the same year, Zingarevich received 1,5 billion rubles from the Globex Bank for the project of the Beloberezhskaya electrical substation in the Bryansk Region. In 2015, the holding went bankrupt.
At the same time, according to Kommersant, representatives of the Globex Bank, who had signed a settlement agreement with the defendant's lawyers, were against Zingarevich’s arrest. The businessman’s attorney Alexey Dobrynin stated that the decision of the court had been illegal and "based on void materials of the case."
At the moment, the accused is presumed to be in the United States (where he has a residence permit). He ignores the summons to court.
Therefore the prosecution ruled out that he can "take action to conceal his assets," or try to obtain the citizenship of a foreign state, and thus escape from criminal prosecution (in particular, Russia has no extradition treaty with the United States).
The criminal cases against Anton Zingarevich was opened last week. The MIA Investigation Department believes that Zingarevich spent some of the stolen money on the Moscow Region hockey club Atlant, acquired in 2013 (according to the media, its budget in the 2014-2015 season amounted to 900 million rubles), and the rest he moved abroad.
In 2012, Anton Zingarevich purchased Reading F.C. for 25 million pounds. However, after the club’s defeat in the Premier League, he sold it.
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