The Zamoskvoretsky Court of Moscow sent the former owner of the bankrupt Ugra Bank, Alexey Khotin, into custody, the court’s press service told Vedomosti.
The Zamoskvoretsky court began considering Khotin’s criminal case on its merits in March 2021. Before the court’s decision to send the former banker to a pre-trial detention center, he was under house arrest. Khotin is charged with Part 4 of Art. 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (misappropriation or embezzlement by an organized group on an especially large scale).
Khotin has been under house arrest since 2020. The criminal case of particularly large-scale embezzlement of Ugra Bank funds has been considered in the Zamoskvoretsky court on its merits since March 2021. As a rule, the supervisory authority applies to the court with a petition to tighten the preventive measure if the accused has violated the established court bans. The press service of the court has not yet specified to Vedomosti what Khotin violated while under house arrest.
According to investigators, Khotin, for selfish reasons, created an organized group in 2014, which included bank executives – former chairman of the bank’s board Dmitry Shilyaev, ex-president of Yugra Alexey Nefedov and former director of the bank’s Moscow branch Nina Chernova. According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, in the period from 2014 to 2017. they stole 23.6 billion rubles. by issuing obviously non-repayable loans to legal entities controlled by Khotin.
In 2020, another criminal case was opened regarding embezzlement in the amount of about 283 billion rubles, the total damage in the cases was estimated at about 290 billion rubles.
The Central Bank revoked the bank’s license in July 2017. At that time, the bank ranked 15th in the Russian banking system in terms of deposits. A year later, in September 2018, the Moscow Arbitration Court, at the request of the regulator, declared Yugra bankrupt.
In May Zamoskvoretsky Court collected according to the claim of the Prosecutor General’s Office from Khotin 192.1 billion rubles, and also withdrew in favor of the state the shares of the Rus-Oil group of companies, founded in 2013 by structures controlled by him. The department was able to prove that the businessman evaded payment of the mineral extraction tax (MET) and the payment of VAT by taxpayers – business companies included in JSC Rus-Oil.