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Baturina remains witness after interrogation

17:24 28/06/2012

MOSCOW, June 28 - RAPSI. Yelena Baturina has retained the status of a witness after her interrogation in the Bank of Moscow embezzlement case, her lawyer Alexander Asnis told the Russian Legal Information Agency on Thursday.

"Yelena left the Investigative Department, and the investigators have no more questions for her. She gave comprehensive answers on all of their questions," he said.

According to the lawyer, Baturina plans to leave Russia once again.

In late 2010, a case was initiated against the former Bank of Moscow president and his deputy on the embezzlement of 12.76 billion rubles ($375.96 million) from the Moscow city budget.

The bank held an additional emission of shares worth 15 billion rubles ($441.96 million) before granting a loan. The shares were purchased by the Moscow City Hall as a major shareholder.

The Bank of Moscow allocated the loan to Premier Estate, which used it to purchase land plots in Moscow from Baturina's company.

Investigators maintain that the bank executives knew that the information on loan backing provided to Premier Estate was false.

However, the source said they confused the bank's management by fraudulently assessing the credit risk.

The Interior Ministry reported that the investigators are prepared to guarantee Baturina immunity if she comes to Russia to be interrogated as a witness.

Earlier, the investigation interrogated in the case former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who is Baturina's husband. They said he came to Moscow without any guarantees. As for his wife, the former mayor said she will come to Russia only if she receives guarantees that she will be able to leave the country.

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Baturina remains witness after interrogation

17:24 28/06/2012 Yelena Baturina has retained the status of a witness after her interrogation in the Bank of Moscow embezzlement case, her lawyer Alexander Asnis told the Russian Legal Information Agency on Thursday.
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