ST. PETERSBURG, March 21 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – The St. Petersburg City Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court’s order to release a co-owner of Russian Internet retailer Ulmart Dmitry Kostygin, who stands charged with credit fraud, from house arrest, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.

Investigators’ motion for extension of Kostygin’s house arrest will be reviewed by the Smolninsky District Court by a differently constituted bench.

In February, the Smolninsky District Court of St. Petersburg released Kostygin from house arrest. According to the court, an investigator has not submitted evidence that the house arrest of Kostygin should be extended.

According to case papers, Kostygin acting as the Board Chairman of Ulmart provided false information on the company’s financial position to Sberbank for signing a loan agreement. In April, Sberbank transferred 1 billion rubles ($17.3 million at the current exchange rate) to the company’s account. The accused allegedly managed the money in his discretion.

The defendant pleaded not guilty, his lawyer Konstantin Dobrynin told RAPSI earlier.

Earlier, the Smolninsky District Court of St. Petersburg granted an application by Sberbank seeking to invalidate the contract concluded between Kostygin and businessman Oleg Morozov, on the basis of which a bankruptcy petition was filed against Ulmart.

In February 2015, Ulmart received a 250-million–ruble credit from Kostygin for a year. In early 2016, Kostygin assigned his right to claim a debt to Morozov. The businessman in turn filed a bankruptcy petition against Ulmart with a commercial court because the company did not pay the debt.

Moreover, the Dzerzhinsky District Court of St. Petersburg collected 653 million rubles ($11.3 million) in debt from Kostygin in favor of VTB bank.

Ulmart group of companies is the largest Russian private Internet holding focusing on e-commerce segment. The company’s distribution network consists of over 400 sales outlets across more than 240 Russian cities and towns.