No perpetrator found in London Ecoprombank official murder

No perpetrator found in London Ecoprombank official murder

Investigators turned to their London counterparts requesting documentation needed to resume the proceedings.

The Investigative Committee in the Perm Region has suspended the probe into the death of businessman Ivan Shatrov in London. As reported by Kommersant, the investigators were unable to establish the person, who had allegedly committed the murder of the supervisory board member at the bankrupt Ecoprombank. Investigative bodies have not yet found evidence that the businessman had been killed.

The criminal case under Art. 105 of the Criminal Code (murder) was instituted in the summer of 2017, after the family of the deceased Shatrov complained that British law enforcement agencies were not doing anything. We remind that, according to experts, the businessman had hanged himself in a London apartment of another Ecoprombank supervisory board member, Alexander Gutin. A suicide note was found, too. However, Shatrov’s family believes he was killed and the British authorities failed to properly investigate the circumstances of his death. Now the Perm Investigative Committee turned to their London counterparts requesting documentation needed to resume the proceedings.

The businessman flew to the British capital in 2016 after Vadim Manin, deputy chairman of the bank, had been detained for office abuse, which had led to revocation of the bank’s license in 2014. Shatrov was a witness on one of the trials started after the bank went belly-up.

Shatrov's friends say his decision to leave Russia might have been associated with a corporate conflict at Solikamsky Magnesium Plant, where he used to be deputy director for development, rather than with the Ecoprombank issue. Although we do not know what the conflict was about, it resulted in the minority shareholders leaving the board of directors in March 2016. Mineral Trading, the company founded by Ivan Shatrov among others, tried to get over 140 million rubles ($2.5m) from Solikamsky Magnesium Plant through court.

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