MOSCOW, January 25 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court on Friday held to place convicted ex-president of Vneshprombank Larisa Markus in detention until March 24 as part of a new criminal case launched against her, the court’s press service told RAPSI.

Markus, sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for stealing 113.5 billion rubles ($1.7 billion), has been recently charged with large-scale embezzlement.

In May 2017, Markus was sentenced to 9 years in prison for embezzling 113.5 billion rubles and later was declared bankrupt on the request of VTB24 bank. In August, her sentence was reduced by 6 months.

Investigators and court found that Markus along with her brother Georgy Bedzhamov, who once co-owned Vneshprombank, created an organized crime group to siphon money from the bank. The group including former vice-president of the bank Yekaterina Glushakova allegedly granted loans to sub-companies and did not refund money to Vneshprombank. From May 2009 to December 2015, conspirators managed to embezzle about 114 billion rubles.

Glushakova has been sentenced to 4 years in prison. Bedzhamov has been put on the international wanted list. An arrest warrant has been issued for him in absentia.