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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The head of VTB explained why Putin does not need $2 billion

The head of VTB Andrey Kostin in an interview to the American TV channel CNBS said he did not believe in the presence of billionaire Vladimir Putin, remembering the story of 2 billion dollars, which was found by journalists in the offshore cellist Sergei Roldugin, is a friend of the Russian President.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Main decent unbelief Kostina in the possession of Putin kind of money was that the President in this case, “there was nowhere to spend it”. The banker is sure that people like Putin are doomed to be in the limelight all his life, so, Kostin does not see the point in such secret savings.

The banker said that he considers Putin a “very honest man”, sincerely seeking to change Russia. “No one has ever seen this billion or even millions of money Putin”, — he finished his thought.

He also stressed that as head of the state Bank never received calls from Putin with the requirement to give credit to a particular person, relationship VTB, with the state Bank’s relationship with the majority shareholder, said Kostin.

Recall that, according to Putin himself, all the money found in offshore, Roldugin has spent on the purchase of musical instruments. As example was mentioned the cello, “Stuart”, while information about the sale shortly after the scandal disappeared from the website of the auction house Reuning.

Earlier, in April of this year, Kostin has already denied the connection of Putin with the Panamanian offshore companies, calling the suggestion “nonsense”.


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