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Russian police search National Reserve Bank over tax evasion

September 09, 2014, 18:37 UTC+3
According to the data obtained by investigators, the bank’s executives evaded paying taxes amounting to over 380 million rubles ($10.2 million) in 2011
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MOSCOW, September 9. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian police have been conducting searches in the Moscow office of National Reserve Bank (NRB) belonging to businessman Alexander Lebedev for the first time since 2012 over 380 million ruble tax evasion, the country’s Investigative Committee said on Tuesday.

“According to the data obtained by investigators, the bank’s executives evaded paying taxes amounting to over 380 million rubles ($10.2 million) in 2011. The funds of the bank equaling the sum of non-paid tax are under arrest,” the committee said.

Lebedev said on his Twitter page earlier on Tuesday that “a group of investigators has been conducting searches for more than an hour in an NRB office on the 60-let Oktyabrya Avenue.”

The bank’s press office was not available for comments.

The central bank audited NRB several times in 2011 and 2012 as part of an investigation into the withdrawal of money from Bank Rossiysky Capital. NRB has been involved in Rossiysky Capital’s bailout. As a result, the regulator ordered NRB to create additional provisions.

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