According to an article published by the mold-street.com, Unibank continued its dubious financial transactions even under the special administration of the NBM since 30.12.2014.
Suspicious transactions were done from correspondent accounts opened by some Russian banks, such as Mast-Bank.
According to the site kommersant.ru, referenced by the mold-street.com, only in January-March 2015 through the accounts opened by the Mast-Bank in the Unibank had been done transactions for more than 7 billion Russian rubles, which is equivalent to 11 million dollars.
The authors of the article on mold-street.com consider that it is suspicious the fact that Mast-Bank became one of the first Russian banks which opened branches in Crimea in contradiction with the financial sanctions imposed by the EU, the US and several other countries against Russia.
However, according to the NBM, all the transactions done during the Unibank special administration were legitimate, because this measure does not limit the transactions with the correspondent accounts opened in Unibank.
NBM representatives also pointed out that if the transactions seemed suspicious they were checked by the Service and Control of Money Laundering Prevention (SCMLP) of the National Anticorruption Centre. This procedure includes a request for more information from Mast-Bank about its clients and the transferring the information on transactions to the SCMLP. In April 2015, according to the NBM response to the mold-street.com, the Mast-Bank's correspondent accounts were closed.
According to the Grant Thornton’s financial audit made in 2014, Unibank committed multiple violations, including the disappearance of some bank documents. The report says that the Unibank can’t provide all the protocols of Bank council meetings held in 2014 because some of them have disappeared.
According to the Kroll’s report, Unibank, along with the Banca de Economii and Banca Sociala, was a part of the Shor’s group of companies.