Sentencing of Russian ex-top tourism official charged with embezzlement set for April 18
MOSCOW, March 27 (RAPSI, Yevgeniya Sokolova) – Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court will pass a sentence on Dmitry Amunts, former deputy head of the Federal Tourism Agency (Rosturizm), who is charged with embezzling 29 billion rubles ($457 million) from now-defunct Mezhprombank, on April 18, lawyer Andrey Orlov told RAPSI on Monday.
Earlier, prosecutor demanded a 7-year prison term for Amunts.
Investigators claim that Amunts along with Alexander Didenko, former Mezhprombank executive, and a number of accomplices were members of a criminal group that embezzled the funds from the bank in 2008-2009.
Didenko pleaded guilty and received a 3-year suspended sentence in July 2015. However, in September 2015, the Moscow City Court changed Didenko’s suspended sentence to real jail term.
Mezhprombank’s operating license was revoked in October 2010 by the Central Bank over failure to comply with the regulator’s requirements or to satisfy creditors’ claims. In November Mezhprombank was declared bankrupt. At that time, the bank owed 31.8 billion rubles ($501 million) to the Central Bank while the creditors’ claims totaled 85 billion rubles ($1.3 billion).
Businessman Sergey Pugachev, who owned the bank, was arrested in absentia by a Moscow court and put on the international wanted list in December 2013.