In the near future, the Lefortovo Court of Moscow will reconsider the question of the imprisonment of Sergei Khachaturov, the former vice-president of Rosgosstrakh, who is accused of embezzling more than 1 billion rubles. On Friday, the Moscow City Court Presidium recognized Khachaturov’s arrest as illegal and sent the case file to the district court for a new consideration, the defendant’s lawyer Alexei Melnikov said (earlier Interfax reported this).
Sergey Khachaturov, the younger brother of the former chairman of the board and the main owner of Rosgosstrakh, Danil Khachaturov, was arrested for two months by the Lefortovo court on April 18, and the term of the arrest was then extended. He is suspected of misappropriation or embezzlement (Art. 160.4 of the Criminal Code), a court representative said. According to Melnikov, we are talking about the assets of a company that owned a stake in Rosgosstrakh. “The new owner believes that he was undernourished,” said Melnikov.
At the end of 2016, Danil Khachaturov agreed to sell the insurer to Otkritiy FC Bank in exchange for a stake in the bank - the combined company was to become Russia's largest private financial group, but in August 2017, the Central Bank took Otkritie Financial Corporation to financial recovery. to your Banking Sector Consolidation Fund. Related banks, pension funds and Rosgosstrakh also went there.
Mikhail Zadornov became the new head of Otkritie FC, he also headed the board of directors of Rogosstrakh. Zadornov criticized the work of the company under Khachaturov: allegedly the management did not set out to obtain legal profits, and the company reigned from top to bottom for years. Khachaturov replied that in order to steal from himself, one could come up with an easier way than to put on it 15 years of life and hundreds of billions of rubles.
In September, investigators reclassified the accusation against Khachaturov Jr. from embezzlement for fraud, TASS reported, citing case materials made public at the Moscow City Court.
The decision of the Moscow City Court Presidium “essentially means that the arrest of Sergey Khachaturov was originally illegal and he has been illegally detained for 7 months,” Melnikov said. He recalled that the Supreme Court of Russia ordered the Moscow City Court to consider the cassation appeal of the defense, as the arrest of businessmen on economic crimes is prohibited, the lawyer emphasizes.
The date for a new consideration of the question of the reasonableness of Sergei Khachaturov’s detention in custody has not yet been established by the Lefortovo Court, until he continues to be in custody, Melnikov said.
Vedomosti sent requests to the Central Bank, Rosgosstrakh. The representative of the bank “FC Otkritie” declined to comment.