Rosbank ex-CEO 's arrest in bribery case extended
MOSCOW, October 14 (RAPSI) – Presnensky District Court of Moscow on Monday extended the arrest of former Rosbank CEO Vladimir Golubkov until November 16, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
In May, the police arrested Golubkov, who had headed the bank since 2008, while he was accepting 5 million rubles ($150,694) as part of a larger $1.5 million kickback from the representative of a private company. The executive was allegedly trying to extort the money from Andrei Kovalyov, a former member of the Moscow city legislature and a rock musician, in order to restructure an $80 million debt.
The police believe senior vice-president Tamara Polyanitsyna was also involved in the deal. Both executives face fines of up to 70 times the size of the bribe and prison terms of up to seven years.
Rosbank is a private universal bank within the Societe Generale banking group. It provides banking services to private and corporate clients and has over 600 offices in 340 cities and towns across Russia. It is one of Russia's top 10 banks in terms of assets.