Wanted owner of Vneshprombank turned up in London
Previously announced in Russia wanted Georgy Bedzhamov was released on bail by the court of Monaco.
The accused in the withdrawal of funds, the co-owner of the bankrupted Vneshprombank Georgy Bedzhamov moved to London. This was stated by Forbes's sources among creditors. In April, Bedzhamov was arrested in Monaco. However, he was later released on bail, the amount of which is not called. It is also known that he did not give a written undertaking not to leave the place, but was under the so-called judicial review.
The holder of 22.91% of Promstroiproekt, which, in turn, owns 3.2% of Vneshprombank shares, Georgy Bedzhamov disappeared after the arrest of the another co-owner of the bank, his sister Larisa Marcus in December 2015. In January, the Central Bank revoked the license of Vneshprombank. In March, the court found a credit institution a bankrupt. The deficiency in the bank amounted to about 215 billion rubles.
In March, the Tverskoy court arrested Bedzhamov in absentia on charges of swindling on an especially large-scale (part 4, Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). He was put on the international wanted list. Later, The New York Times wrote that Bedzhamov is the owner of the wine bar Wine Palace, located close to the waterfront of Albert the First in Monte Carlo. After his arrest the Prosecutor General's Office filed a request for extradition. According to RBC, the request was accompanied by guarantees that Bedzhamov's imprisonment in the Russian pre-trial detention center will meet international standards.
Activities of Vneshprombank are compared with the classic pyramid scheme - payments to the old clients were carried out at the expense of new and documentation was falsified. Moreover, among contributors were many officials, deputies and prominent businessmen. By the time of withdrawal of the license, in private customers' accounts there were more than 20 billion rubles. In this case, fraudsters made out phony loans on the VIP-clients and spend them by themselves.
To somehow cover the loss of customers Bedzhamov put up for sale his property. In particular it is known that the yacht Ester III, which is estimated at almost 80 million euros, has to bring to the hammer.
Major general Igor Vasiliev, Head of the Engineering Support Service of the Federal Protection Service (FPS), and lieutenant general Ulitin subordinate to him are currently in the middle of a scandal. However, it is unlikely that they lose their posts. Reportedly, the two generals are just the tip of the huge corruption iceberg in the law enforcement structures. This is not the first embezzlement episode in their careers.