St. Petersburg: police conducts searches in case of bank Sovetsky

St. Petersburg: police conducts searches in case of bank Sovetsky

Law enforcers raided the business center Prestige on the Moscow Highway of St. Petersburg.

Officers of the economic police conduct searches in the business center Prestige on the Moscow Highway of St. Petersburg, a source familiar with the situation told Rosbalt on Wednesday.

“Operational actions are connected to the investigation of the criminal case of embezzlement in the bank Sovetsky,” the interlocutor of the agency said.

Earlier, it transpired that the former owner of the English football club Portsmouth and Lithuanian commercial bank Snoras, Vladimir Antonov, admitted stealing funds from the bank Sovetsky.

According to the investigation, in 2015, Antonov and several executives of CJSC Bank Sovetsky developed a plan aimed at stealing money from the financial institution. Allegedly, they organized a conclusion of an unsecured loan agreement of 150 million rubles ($2.242 million) with an interest rate of 18% per annum and a maturity date of October 5, 2018. As a result, the perpetrators stole the money. Antonov got 15 million rubles ($224000).

As a result, the court session has been postponed. 

On July 3, 2018, the Bank of Russia revoked the bank’s license to conduct banking operations. It has been undergoing the financial assistance since October 2015. Initially, its special administrator was the bank Rossiysky Kapital (Russian Capital), but in March 2016 it was replaced by Tatfondbank which lost the license itself a year later. In February 2018, the Central Bank decided to revive the Sovetsky via a new mechanism – the Fund for the Consolidation of the Banking Sector.

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