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Lithuanian prosecutors suspect Vladimir Romanov of large-scale embezzlement of Ūkio Bankas assets

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Vladimir Romanov, former majority owner of Lithuania's collapsed Ūkio Bankas, is suspected of large-scale asset embezzlement at the bank, prosecutor Simonas Minkevičius of the Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office has told BNS.

The prosecutor confirmed that the decision to call an international search for Romanov was made on July 4, "immediately after a procedural framework emerged."

"Romanov is a suspect in the case, he is suspected of large-scale embezzlement of Ūkio Bankas assets (...). The suspect is yet to be interviewed, therefore, his position on the incriminated actions is not known," Minkevičius told BNS.

The Prosecutor General's Office launched the pre-trial investigation into possible large-scale embezzlement of assets at Ūkio Bankas in February, based on information provided by the central Bank of Lithuania about suspicious transactions concluded in 2005 through 2012.

Back in February, Minkevičius said that top managers at Ūkio Bankas were suspected of renting property at unreasonably high prices and hiring relatives for high-paying jobs. The prosecutor then said that the bank's managers, not its shareholders, would be primary suspects.

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