Prosecutor General's Office sent a request to Great Britain for the extradition of the former co-owner of Vneshprombank Georgy Bedzhamov. Arrested in absentia for fraud in Russia, ex-banker moved to Monaco, whose authorities previously denied the prosecutor's office to extradite him. According to Kommersant, London was guaranteed by Russia, just as it guaranteed Monaco before, that Bedzhamov will be prosecuted only for the crimes that are listed in the request, and that no violence and ill-treatment shall be applied. However, the chances that the request will be satisfied are low.
The request for the extradition of the former co-owner of Vneshprombank and ex-president of the Russian Federation of Bobsleigh and Skeleton Georgy Bedzhamov was sent to the UK through diplomatic channels. Judging by the relationship between the two countries, the Russian party's request is rather a formality. Even in spite of the assurances that if extradited, Bedzhamov will not experience violence and abuse, and kept in prison, he will be in conditions that meet international standards. One more confirmation of the futility of the efforts of the Prosecutor General can be the failure in the summer of 2016 to extradite the fugitive ex-banker from the Principality of Monaco. In this country, Georgy Bedzhamov was arrested in April last year, because he was in the international search, initiated by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. However, he was kept in custody for a brief period, was released on bail. In July 2016 the Court of Appeal of Monaco made a decision to refuse the extradition of Georgy Bedzhamov to Russia. The main reason for this was the state of health of the former co-owner of Vneshprombank. According to his attorney, Georgy Bedzhamov needed treatment and heart surgery. The final point in this matter put the head of the state Prince Albert II, who is a member of the International Olympic Committee and a participant in five Olympic Games bobsleigh competitions. Bedzhamov knew him closely as a sports functionary.
As soon as restrictions on movement were cancelled in relation to Bedzhamov, he immediately moved to London, where he planned to continue the treatment. Note also that in November 2016 the Interpol removed the fugitive ex-banker from the list of wanted persons on the ground that the prosecution in the initiating country reportedly does not meet the goals and objectives of the organization.
Recall that a criminal case of embezzlement in Vneshprombank was initiated by the Investigative Department of the MIA in December 2015. The same day, the central bank introduced a temporary administration in the bank, and a month later cancelled its license. In March, Vneshprombank was declared bankrupt. The crisis began in the bank after the checks of the regulator, which revealed the hole in the amount of 140-145 billion rubles. Now, according to the DIA, the bank's debts to creditors is more than 230 billion rubles.
The first to be arrested in this case was Bedzhamov's sister Larisa Markus, who is a co-owner and president of Vneshprombank. The criminal case against Georgy Bedzhamova under 4 Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud on a large scale) was initiated on January 22, 2016. Soon, the two cases were combined into one case, and the investigation is still ongoing. However, by the time the ex-banker was already abroad. His was declared wanted for the issuance of deliberately non-performing loans to the controlled companies.