Arrested head of "Industrial Union of Donbass"

The Moscow Basmanny Court arrested a large businessman, general director of the Industrial Union of Donbass (ISD) corporation, former owner of FC Kuban Oleg Mkrtchan.
He is accused of fraud: according to some sources, it is a question of theft of some of the funds issued by ISDs by Russian banks several years ago, in particular VEB.

On the arrest of Oleg Mkrtchane today reported in the Basmanny Court of the capital. As it turned out, the measure of restraint on the petition of the Investigative Committee of Russia (RK) was elected last Monday. "The court decision satisfied the petition of the investigating authorities to elect a measure of restraint in respect of Mkrtchan in the form of detention for the period until April 5, 2018," the press-secretary of the Basmanny Court, Yunona Tsareva, said.

Mr. Mkrtchan was charged with a particularly large fraud (Part 4, Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). In the TFR today, they refrained from commenting. However, according to some sources, it can be a theft of some of the funds issued by ISD in the form of loans by Russian banks a few years ago. In particular, in 2009, several billion dollars were allocated for the development and various ISD projects, the media called VEB among investors. According to preliminary information, some of these funds were withdrawn through offshore companies and stolen.

Oleg Mkrtchan, among whose close friends called the Russian senator Suleiman Kerimov, now under bail in France on suspicion of fraud with real estate for tax evasion, is considered one of the iconic figures in the history of the Donbass. In 1995, he, Sergei Taruta and a number of Russian businessmen founded the Industrial Union of Donbass (ISD), which at one time included several dozen enterprises, and the main asset was the Alchevsk Iron and Steel Works. Mr. Mkrtchane also owned a number of enterprises in the Kuban and several football clubs in different countries, including the Krasnodar FC Kuban. In December 2017, ISD owners announced the loss of control over their assets in the Donbass. Shares of "Kuban" about two years ago, the businessman handed over to the authorities of the region.