Central Bank uncovered evidence of insider trading in shares of AFK “Sistema”

The Central Bank revealed the facts of illegal use of insider information for transactions with shares of AFK “Sistema”, the regulator reported. We are talking about events of 2014.

In a statement the Central Bank States that three employees AFK “System” — A. N. Buyanov, Nosov N. To. and Goncharuk, A. Y. — in July 2014, a wrongful using of insider information, made transactions with shares of the company. It happened a few hours before the official disclosure of the company’s insider information, which caused decrease in quotations of the shares of Sistema on the stock exchange more than 7%.

The regulator has determined that the transactions with shares were held by employees in their interests “with unlawful use of insider information received”. “These transactions have enabled these individuals to avoid losses, the aggregate amount of which amounted to tens of millions of rubles”, — stated in the message of the Central Bank.

Materials of check are transferred to law enforcement authorities, said the press service of the Central Bank.

The representative of AFK “Sistema” Sergei Kopytov said in a release, the Central Bank facts do not affect the AFK “System” and relate to individuals, former employees of the Corporation. “Despite the fact that the regulator has no claims to Sistema, the Corporation will undertake additional measures to improve corporate governance and transparency activities, including working with insider information. The Corporation will cooperate with state bodies on the facts stated in the release,” — said Kopytov .

In the structure of AFK “System” worked for a long time people with the same surname and initials — Alexander Goncharuk. He is the former minority shareholder AFK “System” and one of the oldest managers of the Corporation. In different years he headed the telecommunications business, the AFC held a post of the President of the Corporation, joined the Board of Directors of the company. According to the newspaper “Vedomosti”, he was involved in the transaction on purchase of “Bashneft” and from 2009 to 2012 was also Chairman of the Board of Directors.

After 2014, the Investigative Committee has indicted the main shareholder AFK Vladimir Yevtushenkov on suspicion of money-laundering (part 4 of. article 174 of the criminal code) in criminal case about theft of shares of enterprises of fuel and energy complex of Bashkortostan, Goncharuk left Russia. According to the sources , a top Manager was to be the next accused in this case.

In November 2014 it became known that two weeks before the start of the investigation in the criminal case Goncharuk has reduced the share belonging to him in the AFC with 0,4689% to 0,0008%.

A man named Alexey Buyanov worked at Sistema from 1994 to 2013 he held the post of first Vice-President, where he led the investment portfolio of the company in the financial services industry. The employee named Natalia Nosova previously headed the Directorate of risk management of Sistema JSFC.