MOSCOW, June 4 (RAPSI) – The Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal filed by Asteros, a former IT contractor for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, against a lower court order to include the company’s 2.7-billion-ruble ($41 million) debt to Sberbank in the creditors’ list, according to court records.

The Moscow Commercial Court granted an application lodged by the Russian bank in March.

In January, several lenders including companies and individuals filed claims with the Moscow Commercial Court demanding to add a debt of Asteros totaling to 33 billion rubles (about $500 million), to the register of creditors' demands.

Moreover, earlier several other organizations and companies filed claims against Asteros. Sberbank demands 3.6 billion rubles ($53 million) from the debtors, Russian Capital bank seeks to recover 1.9 billion rubles ($27.9 million), MTS-Bank intends to collect 353.4 million ($5.1 million), LOKO-Bank seeks 298.4 million ($4.3 million), Russia’s Federal Tax Service demands 107.7 million ($1.5 million), Borlas Group seeks 51.7 million ($760,200), the United Basketball League seeks 14.8 million ($217,600).

On July 5, Sberbank filed a bankruptcy claim against Asteros. On July 12, the court initiated a monitoring procedure against the company.

The safety concept for one of Russia’s largest sports complexes Luzhniki along with its “clean zone” inside the object were developed by Asteros.