President of Reserve Interstate Bank fled abroad
Vladimir Sipachev is charged with Swindling on an Especially Large Scale.
Investigators of the MIA Main Investigations Directorate in Moscow are preparing to put ex-Head of the Orthodox Party, President of the Reserve Interstate Bank Vladimir Sipachev, on the international wanted list after he failed to appear for questioning.
The investigation against the banker had been conducted since spring 2018. The day before, investigators summoned Sipachev to file him an indictment under Swindling on an Especially Large Scale, however, he did not appear in the Main Investigations Directorate; the police were also unable to locate him. According to preliminary data, Sipachev left the country hiding from justice.
According to the investigation, Head of the Association of Payers of Taxes and Fees Konstantin Gusarin had fallen a victim to Sipachev’s scam, Gusarin’s company carried out the reconstruction of a house in the center of Moscow, due to which he had a number of problems with the Moscow authorities. Sipachev volunteered to resolve them in exchange for a million dollars. Since 2012, he had paid part of the agreed amount. For a while, Sipachev pretended that he was actively solving the problems of the businessman using his connections in the government of Moscow, but at some point, he stopped getting in touch with him. After that, Gusarin reported the banker to the police.
Vladimir Sipachev is known as a businessman, banker, and creator of the Orthodox party, the members of which included singer Alla Pugacheva. He was also chairman of the Board of Directors of Master Bank and was known as a specialist in solving problems of bankers and credit institutions.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.