As Kommersant learned, the Basmanny Court arrested, at the request of investigators of the Investigative Committee, one of the former leaders of the Maxim Belyakov, the Russian Construction Bank (Russtroybank) that collapsed four years ago. He is accused of complicity in the theft of 400 million rubles. funds of the credit organization by the former management of the bank Andrei Strukov, who had fled abroad and is on the international wanted list. Together with Mr. Belyakov, businessman Zakhar Kotov was sent to jail, through whose structures, according to the investigation, the money was withdrawn. It is possible that soon the defendants in the case may be charged with new charges, including embezzlement of funds of the bank, which remained owed to creditors of almost 30 billion rubles, as part of the organized crime community.
Investigators of the Main Investigation Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, who have been investigating a criminal case of large-scale thefts in Russtroybank since 2016, have filed applications for the arrests of Maxim Belyakov and Zakhar Kotov with the Basmanny Court. A credit institution has existed under different names since 1995, and the Central Bank withdrew its license in December 2015 for failure to fulfill obligations to creditors and conducting questionable transit operations. It should be noted that the bank, which remained owed to creditors about 28.5 billion rubles, was partly “family-owned”: Andrei Strukov was the chairman of the board, and his parents Peter and Roza Strukov were the major shareholders. The latter, by the way, once worked at the Central Bank.
Interestingly, the bank’s administration itself was the first to address the law enforcement authorities a month before the license was revoked, having written a statement about the theft of almost 293 million rubles in one of the operating cash registers of Russtroybank.
However, the criminal case was refused, although the verification, according to some reports, at the insistence of the prosecutor’s office, is still ongoing.
Later, representatives of the DIA as the successor of the bank filed a statement with the FSB, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Investigative Committee about the facts of theft of funds and attempt on it. After the audit, the Central Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee opened a case of embezzlement or embezzlement on an especially large scale (part 4 of article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). His first person involved was Mr. Strukov, who, according to investigators, stole about 400 million rubles together with “unidentified persons”. Russtroybank, withdrawing them using various commercial structures, including shell ones. The banker took a recognizance not to leave, but he did not wait for the development of events, urgently leaving abroad. According to some reports, he now lives in the United States with his common-law wife, former model Olga Sorokina, and two children. He was charged in absentia, arrested and put on the international wanted list through Interpol.