Russia has stepped up the search for the fugitive banker Sergei Pugachev

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and later with international justice began in 2010, when the license of Mezhprombank he founded in the early 2000s was revoked.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.

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