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Ex-Bank of Moscow chiefs arrested in absentia

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12:40 28/08/2014

MOSCOW, August 28 (RAPSI) – Moscow's Tverskoy District Court has issued arrest warrants for fugitive Russian bankers Andrei Borodin  and Dmitry Akulinin, RAPSI reports Thursday from the courtroom.

Investigators claimed that Akulinin ignored the summons.

Ex-banker’s attorneys said that the ruling to arrest their client in absentia was ungrounded.

Borodin, the former president of the Bank of Moscow, and Akulinin, former Bank of Moscow vice president, along with several other former executives of the bank have been charged with large-scale embezzlement and misappropriation of over 1 billion rubles (about $30 million).

In another criminal case both bankers face money laundering charges. Damages in this case are estimated at tens of billions of rubles, and a Moscow court ordered their arrest in absentia earlier.

According to the Interior Ministry, the alleged Borodin and Akulinin are living in the UK.

If convicted they face long prison terms in Russia.

The financial problems of the Bank of Moscow, in particular a huge hole in its budget, were revealed after Borodin resigned from his post. In 2011, the Russian Central Bank, the Deposit Insurance Agency and VTB (which bought the Bank of Moscow) approved a financial rehabilitation scheme for the bank and gave it a 295 billion rubles (over $8 billion) loan.

Investigators allege that Borodin used his position at the Bank of Moscow to issue loans to shell companies. In particular, he approved a loan of 12.76 billion rubles (over $350 million) to Premier Estate, although he knew that the money went to “third parties” and that Premier Estate could not repay the loan. Investigators believe that similar loans were also issued to many Cyprus-registered companies affiliated with Borodin and Akulinin.

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12:40 28/08/2014 Moscow's Tverskoy District Court has issued arrest warrants for fugitive Russian bankers Andrei Borodin and Dmitry Akulinin.
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