Vneshprombank ex-president gets 9 years in prison for $2 mln embezzlement
MOSCOW, May 12 (RAPSI, Oleg Sivozhelezov) – Moscow’s Khamovnichesky District Court on Friday sentenced ex-Vneshprombank president Larisa Markus to 9 years in prison for embezzling 114 billion rubles (about $2 billion), RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
Former vice-president of the bank Yekaterina Glushakova received a 4-year prison term.
According to the judgment, a ruling on the Deposit Insurance Agency’s lawsuit demanding to recover 113.5 billion rubles from the defendants will be delivered in civil trial.
The case was heard according to special procedure because Markus and Glushakova had pleaded guilty.
Earlier, prosecutor asked to pass a 10-year prison sentence and a 400,000-ruble fine (about $7,000) for Markus. He requested a five-year prison sentence and the same fine for Glushakova.
Defense lawyers of Markus and Glushakova called the requested punishment too harsh. They noted that Markus participated in the projects under the auspices of the United Nations and UNESCO. Lawyer of Glushakova noted that she was a subordinate under Markus and got deceived about true reasons behind her actions. They asked court to give Markus and Glushakova non-custodial sentences.
A representative of Vneshprombank noted earlier that defendants partially compensated the caused damage by transferring 100,000 rubles (about $1,750) to the bank. Overall, claims in the civil lawsuit against the defendants amount to 13 billion rubles (about $228 million).
Investigators believe that Markus along with her brother Georgy Bedzhamov, who once co-owned the bank, created an organized crime group to siphon money from the bank. The group allegedly granted loans to sub-companies and did not refund money to Vneshprombank. Allegedly, from May 2009 to December 2015, conspirators managed to embezzle over 114 billion rubles.
Bedzhamov was arrested in absentia and put on the wanted list.
In March 2016, the Moscow Commercial Court declared Vneshprombank bankrupt. Vneshprombank was one of the top 40 by assets before it lost its license in January of the same year.