Money on the Cook Islands
Yaroslav Alekseev, vice president of corporate finance at Probusinessbank (the head bank of the Life group), was detained in Poland. Go
The case file (at RBC) states that in 2014, Alekseev joined an organized group created by Probusinessbank Chairman Alexander Zheleznyak and Bank President Sergey Leontyev to steal money on a large scale. According to investigators, from September 2014 to July 2015, bankers illegally appropriated 2.4 billion rubles. by issuing loans to fictitious companies. Alekseev was responsible for the selection of legal entities for the scheme. As a result, the money was transferred to companies controlled by bankers and accumulated in the accounts of Life Collection Agency LLC and the Cyprus company Vermenda Holdings Limited.
Leontyev and Zheleznyak fled from the investigation in the United States and were also arrested in absentia by the Basmanny court and put on the international wanted list.
From the materials of the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA), the investigation obtained information on the discovery of stolen assets in bank accounts in the Cook Islands and Liechtenstein. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Liechtenstein opened a criminal case, and the assets connected with Leontiev amounted to 7 billion rubles. were frozen. Then foreign assets were arrested by the decision of the Moscow Basmanny Court at the request of the TFR. On the Cook Islands, Capital Security Bank arrested money in the amount of about $ 4.8 million, and in Liechtenstein at Bank Frick & Co - for $ 117 million.
The documents of the Liechtenstein financial intelligence service indicate that Leontyev is currently a citizen of Cyprus and is registered in Limassol (citizenship on the island can be obtained by investing more than € 2 million in the economy). The Cyprus passport was obtained by Leontiev in June 2015, two months before the revocation of the license from Probusinessbank.
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The DIA documents say that in May 2017, the Princely District Court of Vaduz in Liechtenstein arrested Leontyev’s accounts, and a criminal case on money laundering was initiated against him at the suggestion of the prosecutor’s office. The court forbade the bank to dispose of Leontyev's assets until May 18, 2019. The court decision (available at RBC) was based on the materials of the Liechtenstein Financial Information Service (financial intelligence unit). An analytical report (at RBC), signed by Daniel Telesklaf, head of the regional division of financial intelligence of Liechtenstein, was sent to the prosecutor's office and the district court.
Anders Aslund, an expert in the campaign against Russian “dirty money” in the West, spoke out in support of Leontyev in a New York state court.
In an interview with RBC, Oslund indicated that he was in Vienna and did not have documents about the Leontief case. “But it seemed to me that the situation around Leontyev was the seizure of his business, which was initiated by the regulator and the Deposit Insurance Agency,” he noted, adding that the lawyers of the law firm Quarum, which is under American sanctions, contributed to this process Magnitsky affair. "
Yury Monastyrsky, head of the Russian law firm Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov and Partners, acted as another expert on behalf of Leontyev in the court of New York. The company is known for the fact that one of its partners is Dmitry Lovyrev, son of Colonel-General of the Federal Security Service Yevgeny Lovyrev, head of the department of organizational and personnel work of the Federal Security Service of Russia. tries to influence the DIA, says a source in the TFR.
RBC sent a request with a request to confirm this information to the Bar Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov and Partners.
What happened to Probusinessbank
Probusinessbank lost its license in 2015. He was declared bankrupt. The Central Bank has revealed in a credit institution large-scale operations for the removal of assets, the damage from which is estimated at 34 billion rubles.
The Deposit Insurance Agency submitted to the Moscow Arbitration Court an application to bring nine top managers of Probusinessbank to secondary liability. From them, the agency requires to recover 68.53 billion rubles.