Meshchansky District Court of Moscow sentenced yesterday to 4.5 and 4 years in prison the former top managers of the Bank of Moscow Konstantin Salnikov and Alla Averin, finding them guilty of embezzling 1.2 billion rubles. Convicted were accomplices of the Bank of Moscow ex-president Andrei Borodin and his deputy Dmitry Akulinina hiding from the investigation. It is assumed that a criminal case against them will be considered by the court in absentia and sentenced for execution sent to Britain, where they live.
Due to the large volume of its announcement of the verdict on the judge Elena Maximova took two days. But already in the first day, she recognized a former senior trader of foreign exchange operations directorate of the Bank of Moscow Konstantin Salnikov and the ex-head of the banking support Alla Averin guilty of committing crimes under Art. 160 of the Criminal Code (misappropriation or embezzlement). With this in mind, the second and final day of the verdict, both defendants came into the room with things.
According to the Investigation Department of the Ministry of Interior, in addition to a criminal group accused included the former bank president Andrei BorDin, his first deputy Dmitry Akulinin, as well as the then vice-president of the bank Aleksey Sitnikov and the chief of a department of the bank Dmitry Stroganov. The latter, in turn, attracted to the case and the defendants Averin Salnikov.
They like to set a consequence, and then the court, from 2008 to 2010 in violation of the existing regulations in the Bank of Moscow entered into on behalf of the firms they control 18 dollars transaction of purchase and sale and the euro, earning the difference in exchange rates. 171 deal worth 1.2 billion rubles. It turned out to be unprofitable for the bank.
According to investigators, Mr. Salnikov "out of selfish motives and self-interest" to enter into contracts for the purchase and sale of foreign currency, and the defendant Averin "gave instructions repaired reflect the transactions in the accounts, prepare a contract for the purchase of currency and to write off funds from the correspondent Bank of Moscow accounts."
Bankers, speaking in court, claimed that these transactions were engaged only on behalf of the bank's management, which were directly subordinated. And as a reward was calculated only for a premium and nodvizhenie career. However, the prosecutor said during the debate that these statements are an attempt to evade responsibility. State prosecution demanded to appoint the defendant Salnikov and Averina 7 and 6 years in prison, respectively. Lawyers, on the other hand, asked the defendants to justify. Maximov judge agreed with the arguments of the prosecution and sentenced them 4,5 and 4 years in a penal colony. The judge granted a civil lawsuit the Bank of Moscow to the defendant of 1 billion rubles. When the judge finished reading, the guards put handcuffs on convicted and brought them out of the hall. Protection of convicts is going to appeal the verdict. "We are pleased with the court decision against Konstantin Salnikov and Alla Averina." VTB Group "will continue to work to compensate for the damage to the Bank of Moscow damages from convicted persons in a civil action execution", - said the "b" in the press service of "VTB Group".
According to "Kommersant", will soon appear before the court a former general director of "Premier Estate" Svetlana Timonina, which is charged with theft resulting in the Bank of Moscow loan of 13 billion rubles. And then to court budIt brought a case of alleged organizers of the theft from the Bank of Moscow Andrey Borodin and Dmitry Akulinina, which, according to a source "b", is now charged with "embezzlement of billions of dollars." Given the fact that the ex-bankers live in the UK, where, according to some reports, granted asylum, their trial will be held in absentia. After this, the Prosecutor General, obviously, try to extradite the accused for the execution of the sentence, and if it did not work - will send the materials to the UK, which will decide to involve them or not to fugitives responsibility.