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    As it became known to Kommersant, nine years in prison was requested by the state prosecutor during the debate for the former deputy chairman of the board of Gorod Bank JSC Viktor Baikov. The financier is accused of stealing about 10.5 billion rubles from a bankrupt credit institution. The investigators consider the former co-owner of the bank Vladimir Kvasnyuk and chairman of the board Stanislav Kulagin to be the organizers of the crime. Now they and several other defendants are completing their familiarization with the materials of their case.

    in the Simonovsky district court of the capital for more than two years. In the course of the debates of the parties that took place the other day, the state prosecutor, noting that the defendant gave consistent testimony, exposed accomplices, unexpectedly demanded for him almost the maximum term – nine years of imprisonment out of ten possible. The defense of the defendant asked the court to confine itself to a punishment not related to deprivation of liberty.

    The criminal case, the first defendant of which was Viktor Baikov, was initiated by the ICR in November 2016. Exactly one year before, the credit institution’s license was revoked. At the time of the collapse, the “City” owed more than 12 billion rubles to depositors.

    Accused of embezzling more than 10.5 billion rubles. Mr. Baikov was brought in March 2017 in absentia, and at the same time he was first put on the federal wanted list, and a month later on the international wanted list. After that, the case, according to Kommersant, was suspended and only got off the ground in April 2019, when Viktor Baikov himself came to the investigator. According to him, all this time he did not hide, but was on treatment abroad. This did not help him avoid arrest.

    In particular, during the investigation it was found that the criminal plan to steal money was developed by top managers of the bank and their accomplices six months before the collapse of the credit institution. Its essence consisted in the gratuitous transfer to third parties of the most valuable loans and collateral under them under the guise of assignment agreements, as well as the withdrawal of real estate owned by the bank under sale and purchase agreements. According to the materials of the case, in order to give these operations the appearance of legality, and at the same time complicate a possible investigation, the organizers of the fraud used a whole chain of transactions through companies controlled by them. At the same time, the assets became the objects of transactions more than once: it was planned that this would give their participants the status of bona fide purchasers.

    On December 8, 2020, investigators detained the former co-owner of the credit institution Vladimir Kvasnyuk and chairman of the board Stanislav Kulagin. The Investigative Committee considers them to be the organizers of a criminal scheme. Two weeks later, the alleged perpetrators ended up in the pre-trial detention center – Vladimir Generalov, who had been in the status of a witness for three years, who replaced Mr. Kulagin two months before the bank’s license was revoked, and shadow financier Evgeny Smirnov. Now all of them are completing their familiarization with 120 volumes of the criminal case, after which it will be submitted for approval to the Prosecutor General’s Office. Two more defendants – former shareholder of the bank Sergey Kvasnyuk (son of Vladimir Kvasnyuk) living in Spain and Alexander Agabekov, previously convicted in the United States, are on the international wanted list. The latter was declared bankrupt by the Moscow Arbitration Court in 2019, and now his property is a six-room apartment with an area of ​​188 sq. m in the very center of Moscow (Kalashny lane) – put up for auction for 75 million rubles.

    According to Kommersant, there was no talk of concluding a pre-trial agreement with the former deputy chairman of the board of the bank. Recognizing his participation in transactions that the investigation considers illegal, Mr. Baykov claimed that he signed the same loan debt agreement “due to official dependence and at the direction of the head.” Decisions on the conclusion of other agreements, according to him, were allegedly made even before he joined the bank and, as he believed, were aimed at preventing the bankruptcy of Gorod and saving the money of shareholders and depositors.

    However the public prosecutor, judging by the requested time, does not share this position of the defendant. Protection ex-banker Baikov refrained from commenting.

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