The Russian security forces will check the information about the accounts of the former head of Rosnano, Anatoly Chubais, who left the Russian Federation, hidden in European banks. This is reported by TASS with reference to sources in law enforcement agencies.
According to Oksana Dmitrieva, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes, there are several elements of crime in the activities of Rosnano.
“Power structures will check the information about the hidden accounts of Chubais, which may be in European banks,” the agency’s interlocutor said.
According to him, the amount of foreign currency in these accounts can reach several billion.
In the interests of the investigation, the sources did not specify in which banks “impressive amounts, possibly obtained illegally, may be stored.”
On May 6, a representative of businessman Chubais named the reason for the ex-official’s trip to Israel. According to him, the ex-special envoy of the President of the Russian Federation came to Israel to discuss issues of cooperation with universities. He also denied reports that Chubais had previously been in Italy.
A day earlier, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that Chubais is abroad, he does not work in Russia. On the same day, publications appeared in the media that the ex-official, along with his wife Avdotya Smirnova, was seen at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
Prior to that, on April 21, it became known that Chubais left the boards of directors of AFK Sistema and its portfolio company JSC Elektrozavod.
At the end of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree dismissing Chubais from the post of special presidential envoy for relations with international organizations to achieve sustainable development goals. On March 23, Peskov said that Chubais resigned of his own free will.
Chubais was appointed Special Representative of the President on December 4, 2020. Prior to that, he headed Rosnano for 12 years, where he was first the general director and then the chairman of the board of the state corporation. He also headed the state corporations Rosnanotech and the Unified Energy System of Russia.
In the 1990s, Chubais held high positions in the government, including being first deputy prime minister, and also led the administration of President Boris Yeltsin for several months.