The High Court of Justice of England and Wales demanded that George Bedzhamov, co-owner of the collapsed Vneshprombank (VPB), disclose where he got the money to pay for a rented apartment in London and other expenses. The court issued such a decision on May 17 and gave Bedzhamov a week to disclose this information - until 4:30 pm on Fridays, May 24 (Vedomosti read the text of the decision). A representative of the BFS at the London Court confirmed that the court had made such a decision.
Until Friday, Bedjamov must submit a copy of the lease agreement for his apartment in London, how and when the rent and the amount of the deposit for this apartment were paid, the court decision says. In addition, Bedjamov must report on how he financed his living expenses and legal services from June 1, 2018, whether he had and used any bank accounts or cards and, if so, provide details. The High Court of Justice of England and Wales also demanded an indication of the approximate level of Bedjamov’s usual weekly living expenses starting October 1, 2018.
In addition, Bedjamov must pay 80% of the applicant's expenses in connection with the lawsuit. This is £ 20,800.
The defendant asked to postpone the disclosure, the trial will be scheduled for May 22, if possible, at the latest - May 23, stated in the decision.
Vedomosti sent a request to the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA), which is the bankruptcy trustee for the BFS, as well as to A1, which the DIA entrusted to prosecute Bedjamov in a London court and to the High Court of Justice in England and Wales. Contact Bedjamov's attorney failed.
The agency confirms that the High Court of Justice of England and Wales on May 17, 2019 issued a court order obliging Bedjamov to disclose certain information about his expenses, property and sources of funding. Proceedings on this issue are continuing, the DIA spokesman said.
At the end of March, the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, following a lawsuit filed by VPB, arrested Bedjamov’s assets of 1.34 billion pounds sterling ($ 1.75 billion). Among them are villas in the Italian Sant'Aniello and the French Cap d’Ay, 33% of the famous 5-star Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz in Switzerland, real estate in London Belgravia. The court forbade Bedjamov to dispose of these assets and decided to disclose to the court others worth over £ 50,000, wherever they are.
Bedjamov is also forbidden to leave the territory of England and Wales.
In addition, the High Court of Justice in England and Wales decided to limit Bedjam’s spending. He can continue to spend 35,000 pounds a week to rent a home if he has a contract, as well as 10,000 pounds a week to stay. He is also allowed to spend “a reasonable amount on legal services and representation”, but before spending any money, the defendant must tell the plaintiff where he will get it. Bejamov can conduct operations that do not affect the blocked assets of 1.34 billion pounds, but it is forbidden to transfer money or assets to companies directly or indirectly owned by or controlled by Bejamov; in addition, when making a transaction or a series of transactions worth more than 50,000 pounds, you must inform the claimant’s representatives within 48 hours.
For non-compliance with the decision, Bedjamov faces charges of contempt of court, imprisonment and confiscation of assets.
The collapse of the GPB in January 2016 was the largest case of falsifying financial statements in the history of Russia: the Central Bank estimated the hole in the bank at 216 billion rubles Larisa Markus, Bedzhamov’s sister, who was heading the VSPB, was immediately arrested: the court sentenced her to 8.5 years in a penal colony.
VPB was in the top 50 banks and specialized in working with eminent clients. The largest industrial companies of Russia, their top managers, high-ranking officials and their relatives were served at VPB. The money of the wives of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, son-in-law of Transneft President Nikolai Tokarev and relatives of Arthur Chilingarov, a member of its board of directors, hung in the bank, Forbes wrote. There were kept the money of the son of the then head of the presidential administration Sergey Ivanov, State Duma deputy Vladislav Reznik and his wife, as well as the former head of the Duma’s financial committee, Natalia Burykina, and others.