Russian prosecutors asked Interpol to issue an international arrest warrant for Bank of Moscow’s former chief executive Andrei Borodin.
Borodin and Dmitry Akulinin, a former vice president at the lender, are wanted for fraud in connection with the misappropriation of government funds, the Prosecutor General’s Office said in an e-mailed statement Wednesday.
Ousted Mayor Yury Luzhkov returned to Russia to appear last week as a witness in a case involving City Hall’s purchase of a stake in Bank of Moscow in 2009 for about 15 billion rubles ($478 million). The bank then lent almost 13 billion rubles to property company Premier Estate, funds that ended up in a bank account controlled by Luzhkov’s wife, Yelena Baturina, according to investigators.
Baturina said Sept. 28 that she sold a land plot to Premier Estate for 12.6 billion rubles in May 2009, leading to the legitimate transfer of the funds to her account.
Borodin issued a statement on his web site that said, “Neither my lawyers nor I have been told that an international arrest warrant has been issued against me in Russia. If an international arrest warrant has been issued now … it is not because of the urgency of that investigation. … It is hardly a coincidence that this step should reportedly be taken immediately after my public statement that the takeover of Bank of Moscow was politically motivated and who was involved in achieving that.”