Inventor Bifidok declared wanted

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Igor Wainscott: Grigory Sobchenko / “Kommersant”

Co-owner of the pharmaceutical manufacturer “Partner” and the inventor of fermented drink Bifidok Igor Weinstock was arrested in absentia and declared in the international search. He is accused of abuse of authority and non-payment of wages to employees of the company, reports on Monday, 3 December, “Kommersant”.

Now the businessman is abroad. He told the newspaper that went to friends, but did not specify which country. Weinstock pleads not guilty and believes that criminal prosecution is “part of the plan of raider seizure” of his enterprise.

In addition to it, in the case of figures, the other co-owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors “the Partner” Sergey Ivanchenko and member of the Board of Directors Nikolay Zagorodny. First placed under house arrest, the second took on his own recognizance. They also are charged with non-payment of salaries.

The case was filed in 2017, according to the statement of Fundservicebank, which is the injured party. The Bank has long credited the firm, the credit line amounted to about 3 billion rubles. According to Weinstock, after the change of leadership of the company Fundservicebank decided that “Partner” has caused the loss of 42 million rubles.

During the investigation, the businessman was raided. Learning about them, he hastened to fly out of the country.

“Partner” was founded in 1992. By 2017, he was one of the largest in Russia and CIS manufacturer of probiotics: the company produced medical and veterinary products. The firm, until recently, accounted for 61 percent of the Russian market of medicinal bifidobacteria drugs. In October 2018, the court recognized the “Partner” of the bankrupt at the suit of the Fundservicebank.

Bifidok — fermented milk different from yogurt with added bifidobacteria.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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