Two IT top managers detained in Belarus

Law enforcement agencies are looking into the activities of the top managers of IBA Group, one of the largest and oldest IT-companies in Belarus, news website TUT.BY reported on Tuesday, August 16. 

Several informed sources told TUT.BY that law enforcement officials were interested in two tops — Sergei Levteev, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of IBA Group, and Sergei Akoulich, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of IBA Group and IBA IT Park CEO.

According to the source, Sergei Akoulich was detained a week ago on accusation of tax evasion. It is not clear whether or not Sergei Levteev was detained as well.
IBA’s press service denied this information. It said that Akoulich is on a sick leave while Levteev is on vacation.
Sources close to the company claim that Levteev and Akoulich “went on vacation” almost at the same time — on 11 and 12 August. Acting heads have been appointed to substitute them.
Other sources suggest that law enforcement officials started investigation about IBA after the detention of two high-ranking bank officials — Anatoly Bogovik, Executive Director of Belarusbank, and Gennady Zubarev, Director General of the Banking Processing Center, accused of “cashing and kickbacks”.

Law officials denied to comment on Levteev and Akoulich.

IBA Group is one of the largest IT service providers in Eastern Europe performing onshore, near–shore and offshore projects with 2,600 professionals. Many of the company’s clients are government agencies and large state-owned enterprises and banks. In particular, JSC “Belarusbank” has been its client for many years.