Alexander Smolenskiy

Alexander Smolenskiy

Businessman, banker.
Date of Birth: 06.07.1954
Country: Russia

  1. Biography of Alexander Smolensky
  2. Early Career
  3. Banking Career
  4. Legal Issues

Biography of Alexander Smolensky

Alexander Smolensky, a businessman and banker, was born on July 6, 1954, in Moscow, Russia. His grandfather served as the secretary of the Communist Party of Austria. Smolensky graduated from the Dzhambyul Geological and Technological Institute with a degree in economics. From November 1972 to November 1974, he served in the Soviet Army.

Early Career

After his military service, Smolensky worked in Moscow printing houses from November 1974. In January 1979, he became the head of the sector at the State Special Design and Technological Bureau of Automated Control Systems. He then worked as a senior master at the publishing department of the Ministry of Industrial Construction of the USSR.

In April 1980, Smolensky became a merchandiser at the trading company "Vesna" in Moscow. However, in 1981, he was convicted and sentenced to two years of imprisonment for theft of state property and engaging in private entrepreneurial activity. He claimed to have been arrested by the KGB for helping to gather Bibles and was also accused of using six kilograms of paint for personal purposes.

Banking Career

After his release from prison, Smolensky pursued a career in banking. From February 1989, he became the chairman of the board of the cooperative commercial bank "Stolichny." In June 1992, he was appointed as the president of the same bank, which was renamed AKB "Stolichny." He also became involved in various other banking and financial institutions, including serving on the board of directors of JSC "Public Russian Television" from 1995 to 1998.

In April 1996, Smolensky became the chairman of the board of "SBS-AGRO Bank International Macedonia A. D." He also served as a member of the board of directors of JSC "Sibneft" from 1996 to September 1997. Additionally, he held positions such as the chairman of the board of directors of OJSC "AKB Capital Savings Bank" and a member of the Council for Banking Activities under the Government of the Russian Federation.

Legal Issues

On April 6, 1999, the Investigative Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) issued an arrest warrant for Smolensky, accusing him of complicity in the embezzlement of $32 million through counterfeit banking documents. At the time, Smolensky was in Austria. However, on April 20, 1999, the MIA Investigative Committee canceled the arrest warrant.

Smolensky returned to Russia in May 1999, and on June 18, 1999, the investigator decided to close the criminal case against him. He is married to Galina, who currently resides in Austria, and they have a son named Nikolai, born in 1980.