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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gref Calls Sberbank Robber

A Sberbank security guard who is accused of stealing 250 million rubles ($8 million) was contacted personally by the bank’s president, German Gref, who asked him to explain why he did it, reported.
Gref called Alexander Shurman, who is in a pre-trial detention center in Perm, to ask about the “motives of his crime,” reported, citing a source close to the investigation.
Shurman was also visited in person by one of Gref’s deputies, who took a written statement, and several members of the bank’s security staff have been fired, the news portal said.
Shurman stole 250 million rubles from a truck that he was accompanying on June 25 and was detained five days later while hiding in a dugout in the forest outside Perm.
A Perm police spokesman, Yevgeny Gorbachyov, said he couldn’t confirm that Gref had contacted Shurman.
A Sberbank spokeswoman in Perm said she also couldn’t confirm it, referring the question to Sberbank’s central office.
Sberbank’s press service didn’t reply to e-mailed questions on Monday.
Shurman’s low salary appears to have been a motivating factor in the heist, one of the largest in Russian history.
In a transcript of his police interrogation published in Komsomolskaya Pravda last week, Shurman complained that his monthly salary as a security guard accompanying armored trucks full of cash was just 10,500 rubles.
Shurman showed police where he had hidden 230 million rubles. Police also seized 9 million rubles hidden by his wife, Yelena.
Her father, Rashid Salimzhanov, had his assets frozen by Perm’s Leninsky District Court after he refused to return 1 million rubles that investigators believe he was given by his daughter, Kommersant reported Monday, citing a source in the security forces.
Salimzhanov said he couldn’t remember where he hid the money because he was drunk, Kommersant reported.