Moscow court seizes Rosbank CEO's property
MOSCOW, May 23 (RAPSI) - Moscow's Presnensky District Court arrested the property of Rosbank CEO Vladimir Golubkov on Wednesday, thus granting the investigators' request in the commercial bribery investigation, court spokesperson Nina Yurkova told RAPSI.
Golubkov's accounts were also frozen over the weekend, she said.
"Golubkov's house in the Moscow Region has been seized, as well as four plots of land, and two apartments in Moscow," she said.
The Russian Interior Ministry earlier reported that Golubkov was arrested while accepting 5 million rubles ($160,000) as part of a larger kickback of $1.5 million, from a private company representative. In exchange, he reportedly agreed to issue a loan to the company on more favorable terms. The police believe Rosbank Senior Vice-President Tamara Polyanitsyna mediated the deal. Both executives face long prison terms if convicted of bribery.
On Friday the Presnensky Court ordered Golubkov to be placed under house arrest until July 16. The suspect earlier said he was innocent and that his arrest was not linked to a conflict among the bank's executives. He believes the accusations against him stem from a dispute between companies.
Rosbank is a private universal bank within the Societe Generale banking group. It provides banking services to private and corporate clients and has over 600 offices in 340 cities and towns across Russia. It is one of Russia's top 10 banks in terms of assets.