Roman Starodubets ventured to return to Russia

Entrepreneur Roman Starodubets, accused of fraudulent loans from contractors of the Bovanenkovo-Ukhta gas pipeline, returned from New York to St. Petersburg. Businessman - the eighth person involved in the London list of Titov, who returned to Russia.
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Nord Stream loan

The figure of Titov’s list, Roman Starodubets, who was accused of frauds with loans for the repair of the Nord Stream section, landed at the Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg. About this RBC said Dmitry Grigoriadi, the representative of the business ombudsman Boris Titov. “He flew in from New York via Helsinki with his mother. At the airport, his wife met him. The arrival was regular, was not accompanied by a delay and did not differ from the arrival of other passengers of the flight, ”told RBC Grigoriadi.

Starodubets - General Director of LLC Bioresource and LLC Granit-SGP. He is on the federal wanted list under Part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (fraud) and the last five years spent in the United States, having received American citizenship. In December last year, at a meeting with businessmen Titov in London, a businessman filed an appeal to include an ombudsman on the London list.

The press service of Boris Titov told RBC the details of his criminal case. In May 2012, ECOTEX LLC and BFA Bank entered into a loan agreement for the execution of contracts for the repair and construction of the Bovanenkovo ​​- Ukhta gas pipeline (Nord Stream). Director of ECOTEX, Evgeny Mitkovets, offered Starodubts a share of business in exchange for a guarantee and a pledge of land plots worth 50 million rubles. under the loan agreement. Mitkovets scored a few more loans and in February 2013 announced that he could not service them. In total, Mitkovets and his company owed creditors about 1 billion rubles.

Since March 2013, the ECOTEX bankruptcy process began, and a number of criminal cases were initiated against Mitkovets, in which the security forces arrested 79 land plots of Starodubtsa. In August 2013, the investigative unit of the Main Investigative Department of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region opened a case under Part 4 of Art. 159.1 of the Criminal Code (fraud). Mitkovets in the framework of the pre-trial agreement gave testimony to Starodubtsa, which in July 2014 was put on the federal wanted list.

According to the investigators, the attackers, on behalf of ECOTEX, submitted to BFA Bank false documents about the contracts for the overhaul of gas distribution stations Gazprom Transgaz Ukhta, allegedly concluded in 2012, causing damage to the bank of 100 million rubles.
"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.