Russia has stepped up the search for the fugitive banker Sergei Pugachev
Employees of the MIA, FSB and IC upon the order of the Basmanny Court searched the house of the former senator and businessman’s ex-wife.
"The Orthodox banker", who three years ago was placed on the Russian wanted list on charges of embezzling of 28 billion rubles from the depositors of the Mezhprombank, defalcation and fraud, wrote about it in his blog on the website of Echo of Moscow.
According to Pugachev, the judicial order the investigator produced to Galina Pugacheva’s lawyer, said that the search was conducted in order to find him.
As Pugachev says, the guard who arrived on a call from the lawyer was "beaten and kicked out of the gate", after which the search which lasted a total of at least eight hours was continued.
It is to be recalled that Forbes "golden hundred" Russian billionaire’s problems with Russian, and later with international justice began in 2010, when the license of Mezhprombank he founded in the early 2000s was revoked. Against Pugachev, who by that time was no longer Chairman of the bank’s Board of Directors and officially had no interest in its assets, two criminal cases were initiated on charges of premeditated bankruptcy of one of the top 30 banks at the time.
The former senator from Tuva is suspected of withdrawal of bank capital after receiving large loans from the Bank of Russia. In 2014, upon the request of the Russian Deposit Insurance Agency the London court issued an order for the worldwide seizure of Pugachev's assets worth more than 1.1 billion British pounds. After some time, the Interpol began to search for the former banker.
The story with the arrest of Igor Vainshtok, creator of famous bifidok, in absentia and his escape is pretty confusing. The company founded by him still remains the largest probiotics producer in Russia and generates multimillion profits – however, somehow it was declared bankrupt. An international warrant has been issued against Vainshtok for non-payment of salaries – while the businessman calls his prosecution an element of the raiding takeover of his company that was already recognized a raidership victim in the past. Concurrently, employees of Partner Joint Stock Company created by Vainshtok claim that he has stolen not only millions of rubles from the base bank of Roscosmos – but, more importantly, the bifidok inventorship. So, whom has Vainshtok fled from?