Boris Rotenberg Photo: Irina Bujor / “Kommersant”
Having Finnish citizenship Russian oligarch Boris Rotenberg could not in court to make their accounts in Finnish banks. Thus he forced them to recognize the authority of States over national law because of the refusal of banks became the American sanctions, while Europe claims to Rothenberg, writes Helsingin Sanomat.
The Helsinki district court ruled that Nordea, Svenska Handelsbanken, Danske Bank and OP is not guilty of breach of contract or discrimination to the citizen, and obliged the country to pay court costs in the amount of 530 thousand euros.
Banks stopped servicing the accounts of the businessman in 2014. They explained that otherwise can fall under the secondary US sanctions. Because of this, Rothenberg lost the opportunity to pay taxes and utility bills.
The reason why Boris and Arkady Rotenberg fell under the sanctions, was close to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. But Boris, in contrast to Arkady, was not involved in the European list, therefore, stated in the lawsuit, like all European citizens, it cannot be restricted in the use of banking services.
In February of last year the court considered that the problems encountered by banks, more serious than those that they expect Boris Rotenberg. The judge stated that for a businessman freeze his accounts will not be a serious punishment. In today’s decision explains that Rothenberg is not a resident of the European economic area, so the banks didn’t break the law.
The decision will become a precedent for similar cases when banks did not understand what to do with the sanctioned client. If Rothenberg has achieved satisfaction of the claim, the banks would have to treat suspicious transactions. Now representatives of the Russian businessman may appeal to the European court of human rights.
Boris Rotenberg is the 83rd place in the ranking of 200 richest Russian businessmen for 2019 according to Forbes. His fortune is estimated at $ 1.2 billion.
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