Andrey Strukov delegated his deputy to the prison

Russtroybank’s board of directors who escaped to the US in jail will be represented by his deputy Makim Belyakov.
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businessman Zakhar Kotov was sent to jail, through whose structures, according to the investigation, the money was withdrawn.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the bank’s administration itself was the first to address the law enforcement authorities a month before the license was revoked, having written a statement about the theft of almost 293 million rubles in one of the operating cash registers of Russtroybank.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.

Maxim Belyakov, according to some reports, was also an employee of the Central Bank, from where he came to work at Russtroybank, becoming Andrei Strukov's deputy. As it became known to Kommersant, for a long time he was a witness, regularly appearing on all the investigator's calls. However, a few days ago, a 39-year-old man was detained, sent to a temporary detention center, and from there to a court. He was charged with aiding Andrei Strukov in embezzlement (part 5 of article 33, part 4 of article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). When choosing a preventive measure, it turned out that after the collapse of the bank, Mr. Belyakov works as an adviser to the director general of the ANO Expert Legal Center “Financial Investigations and Forensic Expertise”. The defense asked Judge Yulia Safina not to send Maxim Belyakov to the pre-trial detention center, limiting himself to the prohibition of certain actions or house arrest, referring to his small children and positive characteristics. However, this did not affect the decision. On the same day, judge Safina also arrested another alleged accomplice of the former head of Russtroybank, businessman Zakhar Kotov. Now he is the deputy general director of the company “Promservistrade”, but at one time he was the head of the company “Stroyinvestholding”. According to investigators, this is one of the companies affiliated with the management of Russtroybank, through which money from a credit institution was stolen in 2012-2015.

The lawyer of Mr. Belyakov, Boris Fedosimov, confirmed to Kommersant the arrest of his client, noting that he would not admit guilt. The defender refrained from further comments, referring to the subscription given to him on non-disclosure of the data of the preliminary investigation, as well as the lack of consent of his principal. Meanwhile, Kommersant’s sources in the power structures noted that in the future both the circle of the accused and the list of articles of the Criminal Code in the case of thefts in Russtroybank could expand. They noted that, according to the statement of the DIA, the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Investigative Committee also instituted a criminal case on an especially large scale fraud (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) when granting loans to a legal entity, and further charges may be brought of illegal actions during bankruptcy (article 195 Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), intentional bankruptcy (Article 196 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), causing property damage through fraud or breach of trust (Article 165 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), abuse of authority (Article 201 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and even the creation of an organized criminal community and participation in it (Article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). By the way, a lawsuit was filed with the Moscow Arbitration Court last year to recover 10 billion rubles from former managers and shareholders of Russtroybank. damage, but no decision has yet been made.

It should also be noted that Rostov investigators also have claims against Andrei Strukov in connection with the collapse of the Southern Trade Bank, of which he was a co-owner. The bank went bankrupt in 2009, remaining due about 700 million rubles. Most of the money was returned to depositors, but fraud was also revealed.