St. Petersburg police detain businessman Vladimir Antonov

St. Petersburg police detain businessman Vladimir Antonov

Officially, a businessman has never been associated with a bank that has been under bankruptcy administration since 2015.

The police of St. Petersburg detained businessman Vladimir Antonov on suspicion of fraud, RBC reports with reference to sources in the central apparatus of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He is suspected of stealing funds from the Sovetsky bank. Officially, law enforcement officials did not comment on the detention of the banker.

Entrepreneur Vladimir Antonov, ex-owner of the British football club Portsmouth, one of the founders of the large financial group Converse Group, who once owned several regional banks - Investbank, Converse Bank, Panama Banco Transatlantico. At the same time officially the Sovetsky bank never belonged to Antonov. In October 2015, the credit organization was put under bankruptcy administration. This decision was made out of signs of the bank's unsustainable financial situation, which create a threat to the interests of its creditors, the regulator clarified. In March 2016, Kazan Tatfondbank, which later lost the license itself, became the winner of the tender for the bankruptcy administration of the Sovetsky bank, and criminal cases were initiated against its leadership. In February 2018, the Bank of Russia ordered the Banking Sector Consolidation Fund to restore to a healthy state the Sovetsky bank.

Antonov is known for legal litigation with the government of Latvia because of the nationalization of the Snoras bank. There was found a shortfall of 361 million dollars. First, the credit organization was declared bankrupt, and later liquidated. Lithuanian law enforcement agencies suggested that Antonov and other co-owners of the bank were hiding in the Russian Federation and called on the Russian authorities to bring them to criminal liability. At this time, Antonov and his partner Raimondas Baranauskas were in the UK, and the Lithuanian government tried to obtain their extradition. After London court decided to grant Lithuania's request in early 2014, Antonov moved to Russia. In August 2016, he sued Vilnius to recover more than 40 billion rubles ($624m), but the Moscow Arbitration Court refused to consider it.

At the same time, Forbes reported that after returning to Russia Antonov bought the investment company Third Rome, as well as one of the regional banks. The businessman himself denied this information.

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