President of Vneshprombank Larisa Marcus prepares for mercy

President of Vneshprombank Larisa Marcus prepares for mercy
The president of Vneshprombank Larisa Marcus, suspected of swindling, after her arrest in the Tverskoy court Photo: Sergey Bobylev / TASS

The owner of the bursting bank, accused of swindling, can be mitigated article.

The ex-Chairman of the Board and the founder of Vneshprombank Larisa Marcus is prepared for softer article. To the CrimeRussia it was said by a source, familiar with the investigation of the criminal case on Swindling (part 4, Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). The same source added that Marcus began to pay off debts to the part of influential creditors from her own expense.

Recall that in recent years the bank serviced a lot of VIP-clients. According to the data of Forbes, the former Governor of Tula region Vladimir Gruzdev kept in the bank from $ 44 to $ 50 million. Clients were family members of the Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, relatives of Artur Chilingarov, the son of the former Head of President Administration Sergey Ivanov, the State Duma Deputy Vladislav Reznik and his wife Diana Gendin (about $ 10 million), a son-in-law of Nikolay Tokarev (Transneft) Andrey Bolotov, the wife of Deputy Chairman of the Government Dmitry Kozak Natalia Kvacheva, the former Head of the State Duma in the finance Committee Natalia Burykina, members of the family of the Head of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov (his son Peter worked in Vneshprombank).

Large Russian companies trusted money to the bank, for example, Rosneftegas, Rosneft, Transneft, the structure of the Novorossiysk Sea Port, the Russian Orthodox Church, AFK System and the Russian Olympic Committee.

At the end of 2015 as a result of the examination, the Central Bank came to the conclusion that Vneshprombank executives conducted operations on withdrawal of assets. To the Bank of Russia there were presented misleading statements about the quality and value of assets and liabilities. From the bank it just lost a lot of money. Initially, it was a hole of 240 billion rubles, and then about 187 billion rubles. Later, according to a detailed study of examination, the Central Bank stated that the amount was about 210.14 billion rubles. On 2 June 2016 the total volume of requirements to Vneshprombank totaled 214.9 billion rubles. On the accounts of the bursting bank it left, according to various estimates, from 4 to 6 billion rubles. One of the VIP-savers of Vneshprombank told RBC that he expected to return no more than 15% of his savings.

In addition, it became clear that customers have been issued fictitious loans for huge sums without their knowledge. Some of them were able to prove in the Khamovniki Court of Moscow that they did not take loans and have the right not to pay interest on it. Among them was the former Governor of Tula region Vladimir Gruzdev.

Owners Vneshprombank also gave loans to controlled fly-by-night companies, not intending to return the money to the bank. Behind these companies there were top managers themselves. For example, the owner Georgy Bedzhamov (brother of Larisa Marcus), according to investigators, received 3.3 billion rubles, and Marcus - 1 billion rubles.

Both are accused of Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4, Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). Bedzhamov disappeared in Monaco, but was arrested and released on bail. Earlier it was reported that the accused may further be incriminated also Legalisation (Laundering) of Funds and Other Property Acquired by Other Persons Illegaly (Art. 174 of the Criminal Code).

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