Tatfondbank case: Tatarstan ex-Prime Minister to hide in Deputy’s Seat?
A CrimeRussia source in the Kazan Kremlin says that ex-Prime Minister Ildar Khalikov would attempt to become a Deputy by taking the office of the Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Ildar Khalikov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, has resigned voluntarily. Tatfondbank clients had demanded his dismissal since the revocation of the bank’s license. In addition to the resignation, the hoodwinked and robbed people require to institute a criminal case against him. But according to sources in the Kazan Kremlin, the resignation of Khalikov “due to a transfer to another appointment” is the only compromise the regional authorities would agree to in order to ‘save the face’ and calm down the outraged public. It is necessary to note that the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan has announced the resignation of Premier Ildar Khalikov dryly, in an official press release, without solemn farewell ceremonies and comments from President Rustam Minnikhanov – as if an ordinary official was fired.
Aleksei Pesoshin, the First Vice Premier of Tatarstan
Aleksei Pesoshin, the First Vice Premier of Tatarstan, is to perform the duties of the Prime Minister until a new candidacy is approved by the State Council of the Republic. Ildar Khalikov has been appointed the General Director of Tatenergo Management Company Joint Stock Company. The sources in the republican government state that Ildar Khalikov has resigned voluntarily, while the local media spread rumors that the ex-Premier had allegedly intended to resign back in the last year – but had to stay in the office longer due to the situation around Tatfondbank. Purportedly, he had tried to make arrangements in Moscow to reorganize the bank, but with no success.
The Tatfondbank clients believe that the resignation of Ildar Khalikov they had striven for won’t solve their issues. His resignation was not a surprise, and the Tatarstan authorities have done their best to present him as a victim of circumstances. In his last speech, Khalikov had attempted to put the blame for the collapse of Tatfondbank on the federal center and Moscow-based supervisors from the Bank of Russia. Allegedly, they were aware of the multibillion ‘hole’ but have done nothing.
Protest rally of Tatfondbank clients
To refresh background: Tatfondbank was controlled by the republican government; Ildar Khalikov, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, had chaired its Board of Directors; and as of February 1, 2017, the ‘hole’ in the Tatfondbank capital was some 96.7 billion rubles ($1.67 billion). According to the preliminary version of the investigation, in August 2016, officers of Tatfondbank Public Joint Stock Company had provided to the Central Bank of Russia false information about a readily marketable asset secured by credit agreements with other joint stock companies. This refers to a loan provided to Nizhnekamsknefekhim Public Open Joint Stock Company. The investigation believes that the credit liabilities had been transferred to Novaya Neftekhimia (New Petrochemistry) Limited Liability Company (1.8 billion rubles – some $31.4 million) and Suvar Development Limited Liability Company (2.2 billion rubles – $38.4 million). Robert Musin, Chairman of the Board of Tatfondbank Public Joint Stock Company and Deputy of the State Council of Tatarstan, was remanded in custody on suspicion of swindling on an especially large scale. Several top managers of various Tatarstan-based companies have also been arrested.
Robert Musin, the Chairman of the Board of Tatfondbank
Ildar Khalikov is not a suspect in that criminal case yet. In the meantime, the hoodwinked clients of the bankrupt bank pursue an offensive on all fronts: they address the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR), Prosecutor General’s Office, State Duma, and personally Vladimir Putin. A lawsuit to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation has already been prepared; it requests to annul the order of the Bank of Russia to revoke the banks’ licenses. Concurrently the clients have submitted petitions to the FSB, ICR, Prosecutor General’s Office, and State Duma requesting to investigate the banking crisis in Tatarstan and prosecute ex-Prime Minister Ildar Khalikov who was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tatfondbank.
The people hold him responsible for the collapse of the credit organization and request to prosecute him under Article 159 (Swindling) and Article 165 (Infliction of Property Damage through deception or abuse of confidence) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, the VKontakte page of the group “Union of #Tatfondbank and #Intekhbank Victims” states. In addition, the activists require to dismiss Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, – the petition has been submitted to the Presidential Reception in Moscow.
Would the activists be able to initiate a new criminal case against ex-Premier Khalikov?
The source in the Kazan Kremlin says that the former Prime Minister would attempt to indemnify himself maximally by becoming a Deputy and taking the office of the Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan instead of Farid Mukhametshin who had held it for too long and should retire on pension.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).