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    The banker was given an excuse instead of seven years // The top manager of Probusinessbank was found not involved in the disappearance of €4 million

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    As it became known to Kommersant, the Ostankinsky District Court of Moscow fully acquitted the former head of the department for working with VIP clients of Probusinessbank Dmitry Zakharov. He was accused by the ICR of illegally withdrawing €4 million from his bank to the accounts of a company allegedly affiliated with him. The deal, according to investigators, was completed in 2015 shortly before the bankruptcy of Probusinessbank, which at that time was one of the largest Russian credit institutions. After a year of proceedings, the court concluded that there was no criminal intent in the actions of the accused.

    The Ostankino District Court has been considering the case of the alleged embezzlement of €4 million from Probusinessbank since October last year. As the prosecution insisted, Dmitry Zakharov, the former head of the department for working with VIP clients, was an active participant in the withdrawal of funds. During the debate, the prosecutor asked to recognize the top manager guilty of fraud on an especially large scale (part 4 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and sentence him to seven years in a penal colony.

    The financier is also recognized as having the right to rehabilitation: the prosecutor must apologize to him, and the state must compensate for his losses. and justified”, noting “Kommersant” that Mr. Zakharov’s defense will take their further actions only after receiving a copy of the court decision.

    and the indictment was approved by First Deputy Prosecutor General Anatoly Razinkin. As follows from the materials of the case, shortly before the collapse in 2015 of one of the largest Russian banks at that time, Dmitry Zakharov entered into a criminal conspiracy with the president of Probusinessbank, Sergei Leontiev.

    Acting according to a predetermined plan, in February-March 2015, according to the case file, Mr. Zakharov submitted an application to the bank for the issuance of a knowingly bad loan, allegedly intended for the acquisition of land and the construction of a residential complex in German Potsdam. Also, in support of the application, documents were submitted to the bank on behalf of a company from Germany controlled by Mr. Zakharov and Zheleznyak, which acted as the recipient of money.

    The application was soon satisfied, and a loan agreement was signed with the company, after which the recipient’s settlement account and €4 million were transferred, which a few hours later went, as the investigation insisted, to the account of a company already affiliated with Mr. Zakharov. The members of the group then used the money received “at their own discretion.” thirteen of its employees were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment. At the same time, the main defendants in the case, the organizers of the system for withdrawing funds – the president of the bank Sergey Leontiev, the chairman of the board Alexander Zheleznyak, as well as the former vice president Yaroslav Alekseev, who hid from the investigation, were put on the international wanted list. Moreover, Poland has already refused to extradite Mr. Alekseev on the basis of his belonging to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, banned in Russia as an extremist organization.

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