The Prosecutor General's Office of Russia told Kommersant that a request was sent to Ukraine for the extradition of Aleksei Alyakin, the owner of the infamous Pushkino bank, who is on the international wanted list for fraud and detained in the Odessa region. Representatives of Mr. Alyakin claim that he sponsored the siloviki who fought in the southeast of Ukraine, nevertheless the authorities decided that the fugitive banker received Ukrainian citizenship illegally.
Aleksei Alyakin was detained by SBU officers as a person on the international wanted list by Interpol, and after the Russian Interior Ministry sent a confirmation to his Ukraine for a search, he was placed under pre-extradition arrest. In the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia, “Kommersant” reported that a request was sent to Ukraine for the extradition of Mr. Alyakin, but they are not yet aware of the results of its consideration by the supervisory authority.
The defense of Mr. Alyakin, who is co-owner of a small construction company in Ukraine, is still seeking his release from custody, at least under house arrest. According to lawyers, Mr. Alyakin, born in Uzbekistan, considers himself a Ukrainian. As a patriot of his new homeland, he took part in the events in the southeast of the country, providing financial assistance to the armed formations opposing the militia of the People's Democratic Republic and the People's Republic of France. In this regard, representatives of Mr. Alyakin believe that, if extradited in Russia, he may be prosecuted for political reasons. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian authorities did not recognize the runaway banker as “their own”, depriving him of his citizenship of this country, considering that it was obtained illegally.
Mr. Alyakin is accused in absentia of a particularly large-scale fraud committed by a group of persons in a preliminary conspiracy (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code). Initially, the criminal case, the defendant of which he became, was initiated by the 4th department of the Investigative Department of the Main Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for the Moscow Region in June 2015 against unidentified persons who committed fraud in the sphere of lending (Part 4, Article 159.1 of the Criminal Code). On June 18, 2015, in respect of Mr. Alyakin, the police issued a decision on the election of a preventive measure in the form of a recognizance and good behavior. And on September 24 of the same year, he was accused in absentia of having committed two crimes, provided for by Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code. September 24, 2015 Mr. Alyakin was declared a federal, and on November 20 - an international wanted list.
By the decision of the Tverskoi District Court of Moscow on March 10, 2016, Mr. Alyakin, the preventive measure in the form of a written undertaking not to leave his place and proper behavior was changed to detention for a period of two months from the moment of his actual detention on the territory of the Russian Federation or extradition (deportation) to Russia. The defense appealed against this decision, arguing that Mr. Alyakin was not involved in the fraud, and he was allegedly committed by alleged accomplices in order to ease his own fate. Moscow City Court dismissed the complaint.
The criminal prosecution of Mr. Alyakin initiated the DIA.
Analyzing the documents of the bank "Pushkino", deprived of the license on September 30, 2013, the agency's employees found that money from this credit institution was stolen under the guise of issuing loans to various legal entities - in total there were more than 80 such.
In particular, as follows from the case file, 600 million rubles. were abducted from Pushkino between December 2011 and August 2012. To this end, the owner of the bank, Aleksey Alyakin, entered into a criminal conspiracy with his classmate, deputy head of the Tver administration Denis Gontarev, who previously headed the department for tax crimes of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the Tver region. It was then that Colonel Gontarev met with a local entrepreneur engaged in the construction of housing in the Tver region and the Moscow region Anatoly Semenov. The Pushkino Bank, controlled by the latter CJSC Stroyinvest and LLC Stroystream, received a loan in the amount of 600 million rubles. It was assumed that the money will go to the construction of 11 apartment buildings on Vishnevaya street in the Moscow Region Ruza. Instead, part of the money went to the construction of other facilities and the personal needs of the accused.
The first person involved in this business appeared in September 2016. It was then that Denis Gontarev, who was held first as a witness, was detained. At the request of the investigation, the court concluded him under house arrest. In December 2017, a similar fate befell Anatoly Semenov.
The defendants did not admit their guilt in the incriminated embezzlement either during the investigation or in the Pushkin City Court Mosoblasti, arguing that they did not commit any crime. For example, from the testimony of Mr. Semenov, it followed that the loan was taken at the completion of the construction of the object that had been frozen after the bankruptcy of the Tver DSC. True, the intelligible answer, where the money went, neither the investigation nor the court never received. As a result, both defendants were found guilty of fraud. Denis Gontarev received four years of the colony, and his accomplice Anatoly Semenov - three.
This is the second sentence in the case of embezzlement from the Pushkino Bank. In April 2016, the same Pushkin City Court sentenced to four years conditionally a film producer and head of several construction firms, Vladimir Murov. This case was also initiated by the DIA, but it was investigated by the Main Directorate of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Moscow Region under Part 4 of Art. 159.1 of the Criminal Code (fraud in the field of lending). In total, in 2011–2012, the fictitious firms Poiskovik, Kareltsement and the Capital Investment Company Pushkino Bank issued loans that were not secured for 469 million rubles. In the future, this money was on the accounts of firms controlled by Mr. Murov. Initially, it was his investigation that was considered the organizer of the frauds. However, he claimed that he had not seen any crime in obtaining loans. However, he soon concluded a pre-trial agreement on cooperation with the Moscow Office of Public Prosecutor, and his role in this matter has changed. As a result, he told not only about the schemes that were used to withdraw money from the bank, but also reported that through the companies under his control Pushkino did not derive 469 million rubles, but more than 800 million rubles. According to him, the real owner of the bank allegedly was the then owner of the bank, Alexey Alyakin.