"Hostage of other people's actions"
Starodubets declared the absence of intent to embezzle funds and noted that he trusted Mitkovets, becoming a guarantor for his loan. In addition, at the end of 2016, BFA Bank sold the pledged land plots of Starodubts for 110 million rubles, which is why it turned out to be a victim.
From the response of the Prosecutor General’s Office to Boris Titov of March 13, 2019, it follows that the preventive measure in the form of the detention of Starodubts in custody was canceled and the international search was terminated. And for the crime alleged to him the use of arrest is not provided. Grigoriadi told RBC that it took a couple more months to synchronize the opinions of the Central Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for St. Petersburg and the city prosecutor’s office with the Prosecutor General’s Office. As a result, a turnout obligation was chosen as a preventive measure. Grigoriadi considers high chances of ending his pursuit.
“In this case, Roman Starodubets became a kind of hostage, not even his own, but other people's actions,” commented RBC Titov. - I hope that the removal of the arrest and the return of Starodubtsa to Russia will allow him to participate more actively in the judicial process and effectively defend his interests. For our part, we continue to work on the return of the applicants to their homeland, despite all the difficulties. ”
Starodubets became the eighth member of Titov's London list, who returned to Russia.
In February 2018, after a meeting in London with businessmen who had left Russia, Titov submitted to Russian President Vladimir Putin a list of entrepreneurs wishing to return to their homeland and cooperate with the investigation in exchange for the refusal of law enforcement agencies to send them under arrest during the proceedings.
In October 2018, RBC found out about the new list of the Russian business ombudsman. At that time, there were 50 defendants on Titov’s list.