Vladimir Antonov, a former major shareholder of the bank Snoras, this Friday is going to appeal the decision of the London court on his extradition. On Monday, the court of Westminster magistrates decided to grant to Ukraine Antonov and another co-owner of the bank - Raimondas Baranauskas. They are suspected of stealing the bank's property on a large scale and forgery of documents.
During the court session next to its building has a group of protesters with placards "Vladimir Antonov - a criminal immigrant" and "! Baranauskas, come out and talk with your creditors", reports Bloomberg. "I do not believe that these people will be unfair treatment in the Lithuanian courts", - Judge John Zani said. Antonov disagrees: "Lithuania - this is the same former Soviet republic, which for some reason, being a member of the EU and cleverly using the European agreements can afford that, for example, Russia, which does not give the actual notorious bandits and terrorists can not afford. This is strange for such an old and kind of impartial British Themis. " "The whole story takesfor another five years ", - says Anton. Gololobov & Partners Partner Dmitry Gololobov does not believe that this story will last for another five years. EU in recent years has become intolerable to the financial fraud, he said, and prosecutors have become skilled in the ways in which to fight allegations of political motives no longer go with him: "Tactics Antonova contradicts EU fundamentals - the union does not accept the country that can not provide justice court. "
According to Antonov, the Russian authorities claim to it "is not and never has been." Guilty, he does not consider himself. London Court the question of guilt Antonov and Baranauskas had not considered.
Antonov and Baranauskas were detained in Britain in 2011 and Lithuania issued a European arrest warrant. Snoras was a member of Convers Group (68,1% stake in the bank), belonging to Antonov, still 25.3% owned Baranauskas. November 16, 2011 the Bank of Lithuania has stopped all operations Snoras, he introduced a temporary administration, and announced the nationalization of the bank. 7 December of the same year, the bank was declared bankrupt. As the audit showed the Bank of Lithuania, Snoras assets were half as much as he pointed out in his aboutR eport - $ 1.5 billion instead of $ 3 billion, said the representative of the Bank of Lithuania Giedrius Simonavichyus.
In May 2012, Snoras sued Antonov and Baranauskas in the High Court in London. Because the claim follows that Snoras placed money and securities to other banks, and then they were transferred to the accounts of other persons, or those received on the security of the money and securities loans. Snoras According to reports, the money and securities were listed for the bank, but in reality it does not belong. Snoras losses estimated at 492 million euros. On this amount in May 2012 the British court arrested the property of Antonov.
Snoras also suggests that part of the money withdrawn from the bank Antonov could spend at the chateau in Normandy, development projects, expensive sports car manufacturer Spyker Cars and the British football club Portsmouth.