Soviet cosmonaut Leonov associated with Baring Vostok left Russia
According to his relatives, twice Hero of the USSR left for treatment.
Alexey Leonov, a Soviet cosmonaut, twice USSR hero, has left Russia, reports Interfax.
The agency notes that the 84-year-old cosmonaut is a member of the advisory committee of the investment company Baring Vostok, whose head, US citizen Michael Calvey, was arrested on Saturday by the Basmanny court for two months in a case of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles ($37.7 m) in Vostochny Bank.
Assistant to Leonov, Natalya Filimonova stated that the astronaut had left the country to undergo treatment abroad. According to her, this departure was planned a long time ago and has nothing to do with the case of Baring Vostok.
A relative of Leonov, whose name is not specified, confirmed that the astronaut had serious health problems - he turned to foreign doctors because of a kidney disease and is now on dialysis.
The criminal case of Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) against Baring Vostok employees was initiated on February 13 at the statement of the member of the board of directors of Vostochny Bank Sherzod Yusupov. The defendants are suspected of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles ($37.7 m) from the bank. Five people, including Calvey, Abgranyan and Delpal, were detained and then arrested.