The KGB reported that its investigative department had completed the pre-trial investigation of the criminal case against Belgazprombank top managers. All suspects fully admitted their guilt, except Viktor Babariko, the security agency notes.
“Viktor Babariko, the organizer of the criminal activity, former Belgazprombank CEO, was charged with committing crimes under Part 3 of Art. 430 and part 2 of Art. 235 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus on the facts of receiving grand bribes by an organized group, as well as legalization (‘laundering’) criminally obtained funds in an especially large amount,” the KGB reports.
Earlier Babariko was charged with Part 3 of Art. 430 [Receiving a bribe], part 2 of Art. 243 [Tax evasion] and Part 2 of Art. 235 [Legalization of funds obtained by criminal means]. Before that, instead of part 3 of Art. 430 [Receiving a bribe], he was charged part 2 of Art. 431 [Giving a bribe].
Belgazprombank’s Deputy CEOs Sergey Shaban, Alexander Ilyasyuk, Dmitry Kuzmich, and Acting Chairman of the Board Kirill Badey, as well as former First Deputy CEO Alexei Zadoiko and former Deputy CEO Sergei Dobrolet have been charged with bribery. Viktor Kobyak, the founder of Activleasing LLC, was charged with a crime under Part 2 of Art. 431 of the Criminal Code [Giving a bribe in an especially large amount].
According to the KGB, all suspects fully acknowledged their guilt, while Viktor Babariko is the only one who denied all charges.
In early June, the State Control Committee searched Belgazprombank offices. The Committee’s Financial Investigations Department opened a criminal case over charges of tax evasion, money laundering, embezzlement, fraud and bribery. 20 people were apprehended over the case. Later one more charge – establishing or participating in a criminal organization – was added to the list.
At the same time, the department does not report on other suspects of the “Belgazprombank case”. Svetlana Kupreeva, a friend of the Babariko family, is among them. Her lawyer told TUT.BY that there were no updates in her case. Neither the measure of restraint nor the charge brought against her was changed. Kupreeva was detained on 11 June and placed in a KGB pre-trial detention center.
The situation with Vladimir Sazhin, who was an advisor to Belgazprombank’s CEOs , also remains unclear [the bank’s website still states that he is “temporarily absent”]. The KGB report provides no information on the shareholders of the PrivatLeasing company, who were detained in the Belgazprombank case.