Gref calls lawsuit filed against him in the US "a fraudulent act"

Gref calls lawsuit filed against him in the US "a fraudulent act"
German Gref

Head of Sberbank German Gref considered a lawsuit filed against him in the United States in respect of the situation with Pavlovskgranit as a "fraudulent act". He assured that the issue with the company has been checked by "all conceivable authorities."

Filing a claim in the amount of $ 750 million by the US company PPF Managament against Sberbank and its head is a "fraudulent act", said its President and Chairman of the Board of Directors German Gref.

"I think it is a typical fraudulent act. Transaction on the debt loss in Russia's jurisdiction is filed in a court in New York, which is another PR move and a way of avoiding responsibility" – Gref told reporters.

Earlier, it transpired that the reason for the lawsuit of PPF Managament was a dispute over a Russian enterprise for the production of crushed stone Pavlovskgranit which enjoyed Sberbank loans, but failed to repay them, after which the controlling stake of Pavlovskgranit was transferred to Sberbank Capital.

The lawsuit argues that Sberbank and Sberbank Capital, as well as the managers of both companies in cahoots with the president of NEO Centre Oleg Gref and the co-owner of the Natsionalnaya Nerudnya Kompaniya (National Non-Metallic Company - NNK) Yuri Zhukov, organized a raider seizure of Pavlovskgranit and "harassment and intimidation campaign" against former owner of the company Sergey Poymanov, who ceded his rights to PPF Management. Now, the plaintiff is seeking to recover $ 500 million of material and $ 250 million for moral damages from the defendants.

"Banking is related to the fact that we have to defend their interests in a tough way. I reconstructed the history of the whole thing. We came out of it in 2011-2012. The organization did not pay its debts. We offered various options for debt restructuring. But the man used administrative resources, met all possible officials, tried to put pressure on us" - said German Gref to reporters.

Gref stressed out that the issue with Pavlovskgranit was the subject of inspection "of all conceivable authorities" - from the Chamber of Accounts to the State Duma and the Russian President’s Administration.

Earlier, a representative of Sberbank assured that the bank in the case of Pavlovskgranit acted in accordance with the Russian legislation and described the lawsuit filed in the US as Poymanov’s attempt to evade responsibility.

"The bank has information that Poymanov does not give up the attempts to evade responsibility, including criminal responsibility" - said the spokesman of the Sberbank to RBK on the situation with the lawsuit.

Promsvyazbank which is also listed among the defendants in the lawsuit of PPF Management called the claims of the plaintiff "baseless and far-fetched".

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