Slipenchuk may stand trial after losing immunity

Slipenchuk may stand trial after losing immunity
Mikhail Slipenchuk

Billionaire and former State Duma member Mikhail Slipenchuk argues that the inspection of the Central Bank cannot be directed against him, since he is the victim.

Following the recent seizure of documents in the Central Bank in the case of embezzlement of 8 billion rubles from Almazyuvelirexport, law enforcers have returned to the bank. As suggested by The Moscow Post, security officers may want to obtain more documents to prove that Mikhail Slipenchuk, co-owner of the International Joint-Stock Bank (MAB), was involved in theft. The funds of Almazyuvelirexport, stolen by its leader Viktor Afonin and his brother, businessman Boris Afonin, were kept in the accounts of Slipenhuk's bank.

According to the materials of the case, from 2007 to 2011, the Afonin brothers took loans in the bank through controlled companies under the guarantee of Almazuvelirexport's 8 billion deposit, kept on the accounts of MAB, where 68% of shares belonged to Slipenchuk. The money then went to the accounts of fictitious companies. As a result, a total of 530 million rubles and $ 9.5 million were stolen from MAB. Now the two brothers are under arrest, they have been charged with Swindling committed by an organised group or on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code).

In his defense, Slipenchuk said that he was the victim, "because investments in the bank's shares were irretrievably lost."

However, the media outlet believes that investigators once again turned their attention to Slipenchuk after the September election to the State Duma. This time the billionaire failed to enter the parliament, which means he can no longer count on parliamentary immunity.

It is also noted that the withdrawal of funds from Almazyuvelirexport came at a time when Slipenchuk was the head of Metropol Investment Financial Company (from 1995 to December 2011), with Almazyuvelirexport being its co-owner.

In February 2016, the Central Bank deprived the International Joint-Stock Bank of license. By October 2015, the bank debt to creditors was more than 11 billion rubles.

Less than a month ago, Slipenchuk stated he withdrew Metropolis from offshore companies and closed the London office.

However, it is not the first time Slipenchuk tries to hide the fact and paint himself white. The CrimeRussia has already had its own investigation regarding Slipenchuk's unofficial wife in the time when he was still a lawmaker. We brought a lot of evidence that the former Metropol employee Anna Dorosh was Slipenchuk's wife and mother of three children, but he did not mention her in any of the declarations, thus violating the anti-corruption law.

Metropol Group of Companies works in the field of stock exchange transactions, asset management and consulting, banking, investment, field development and mining, property development and tourism sector.

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