I welcome the British Government’s decision to grant me political asylum. I have always maintained that the allegation made against me and the charges brought by the Russian Federation are without foundation and are politically motivated. I am reassured that the British Government in granting me refugee status have recognised that the criminal charges levelled against me by the Russian authorities are baseless and without merit.
To S.A. Gavrilov
Committee for Property Issues,
Federal Assembly of the
Dear Mr Gavrilov,
I have learned with great interest from the media about your initiative on holding a session of the State Duma committee that you chair to consider information and materials of law-enforcement agencies, the Deposit Insurance Agency and the Accounting Chamber of the Russian Federation allegedly concerning misappropriations in the Bank of Moscow. I strongly welcome your initiative and am prepared to provide any possible assistance in its implementation. Continue reading
In recent years events connected with Russia and Russian citizens have become a regular feature in the British media. Unfortunately, the frequent appearance of such headlines is not a result of strengthening of friendship and collaboration between the two states. Often these reports accompany scandalous trials in British courts, violation of human rights in the Russian Federation, and so on. For instance, today the Magnitsky Legacy round table sessions are taking place in the Parliament building in London. All this attests to the fact that the Russian justice and law-enforcement systems are in a deep crisis and leave no hope for fair decisions based on compliance with legal provisions or, at least, human rights. Continue reading
LONDON, October 29, 2012 PRNewswire
- Borodin calls recent accusations a “pack of lies”
“Last week the Russian Ministry of Interior and unnamed sources in Russia sought to create the false impression that various authorities outside Russia have newly commenced investigations or frozen assets belonging to me. The allegations are false and are clearly aimed at countering the evidence that the Russian authorities are pursuing an illegal and politically motivated witch hunt against myself. Continue reading
Last Friday a program called “Anatomy of protest – 2” was aired on the Russian government TV channel, NTV. The program suggests that I am giving, or have offered, financial support for a Russian political opposition movement to seek a change of government using unlawful and undemocratic means. The allegation is untrue: I have never advocated or believed in the use of unlawful or undemocratic methods for pursuing political change. The absurd suggestion that the opposition and its sponsors intend to seize power by force in Russia serves the interests of the government that owns NTV and pays its employees. Continue reading
It has become known from information that appeared in open sources in May 2012 that Mikhail Valeryevich Kuzovlev, President and Chairman of the Executive Board of OAO Bank of Moscow, has been a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus as of 2008.
I am bringing to your attention the fact that Mr Kuzovlev failed to disclose the information about his having foreign citizenship in the documents submitted for the position of Senior Vice President of OAO Bank of Moscow in February 2011. When he gave concurrence to his election to the Board of Directors of OAO Bank of Moscow, Mr Kuzovlev also failed to disclose the information about his Cypriot citizenship. Being well aware of the fact that work in the position of member of the Board of Directors and Senior Vice President of the bank involved knowledge of information amounting to state secret and having wittingly concealed his connexion with a foreign state, Mr Kuzovlev misled the bank’s top management in February 2011, including myself as President of OAO Bank of Moscow. As a result, when subsequently the candidacy of Mr Kuzovlev was considered for the post of member of the Executive Board of OAO Bank of Moscow by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the decision was made without taking into account the information about his foreign citizenship. Continue reading
The Moscow Commercial Court has appointed for 4 September the main hearing on a claim seeking to invalidate the transaction in which the Moscow-government-owned stake in the Bank of Moscow was made part of the authorized stock of the Central Fuel Company (CFC) with its subsequent sale to the VneshTorgBank (VTB). The claimant, a Mr Devyatkin, demands that the transaction and all its legal consequences be cancelled.
It was clear from the start that the legal arrangement was a sham transaction, only called to conceal the real essence of the deal. The sale of the stake in the Bank of Moscow owned by the Government of Moscow can only happen under privatization legislation, with all the restrictions that it imposes. The sale must happen on an open auction, and a company partially owned by the state cannot be a buyer. If you abide by law, you cannot sell the city-owned stake in the Bank of Moscow to the arbitrarily chosen VTB for an arbitrarily chosen price. Continue reading
Q 1. Why do you think you have been listed among the most dangerous criminals?
A.: As I have been saying in my previous interviews, in reality, government financial assistance was provided to the VTB Group, which had taken over the Bank of Moscow, not to the Bank of Moscow itself. The Bank of Moscow was in a good financial condition and did not need financial rehabilitation. Serious buyers, independent from the state, had been interested in buying a stake in the bank. But the special operation of its takeover implied a distortion of the real state of affairs, for the VTB raiders to be able to pocket not only the fifth-largest bank, but also 295 billion of government assistance free of charge. Do you think VTB wants to recognize that publicly? And if it does not, then it needs a covering operation: the bank was allegedly embezzled and the principal villains were my colleagues and partners and I.
VTB representatives act proceeding from the assumption that somebody has to be held accountable for the government money taken; if they recognize everything and accept the assets at their just value, then they will have police interrogations in store for them. And self comes first. Continue reading
|To: A. I. Bastrykin
Chairman, Investigations Committee of the Russian Federation
From: Andrei F. Borodin
On 26 April 2012 the Harju County Court of the City of Tallinn sentenced Indrek Põder, a high-level officer of the Estonian Security Police Department, was sentenced to a prison term for bribery. Six other individuals were also convicted under that criminal case for giving bribes and bribery intermediary services, including Oleg Smoli, an Estonian citizen.
This socially significant criminal case has received much publicity. The Estonian media, newspapers and internet media, have published reports that the current top management of the Bank of Moscow was a customer of the Estonian corrupt official from the security police. Pursuant to norms of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation, said information is sufficient grounds for conducting relevant checks and opening a criminal case. Continue reading
Following the Sunday Times article published on August, 5 and elaborating on Mr. Andrey Borodin’s property in the United Kingdom, Mr. Borodin reconfirms his position on not commenting on the matters relating to his private life.