The former owner of the International Bank of St. Petersburg Sergey Bazhanov was charged in absentia with crimes under Article 172.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation — "Falsification of financial documents of accounting and reporting of a financial organization". The maximum penalty is seven years in prison.
According to Fontanka ,Sergey Bazhanov himself has been living abroad for more than a year, and the investigator for particularly important cases of the IC of Russia for the North-West, Helmyanov, had to be smart to deliver to the addressee a notification of the formal procedure for bringing charges. It finally took place on January 25 in the absence of the banker.
Sergey Bazhanov headed the International Bank "Saint Petersburg" until 2018, when the Central Bank transferred the functions of its interim administration to the Deposit Insurance Agency. The regulator justified its decision on the "unstable financial situation" of the financial institution and " a threat to the interests of its creditors and depositors."
Since then, the temporary managers have been trying to return the property and assets transferred by Sergey Bazhanov's team to third-party organizations under the bank's wing. We can talk about 9 billion rubles left from the accounts of the IBSPB. In a series of such steps and actions, a criminal case against Sergei Bazhanov just arose. And even it was possible to bring it only from the fifth time, and the formal charge was brought only a year later after that.