The fleeting ex-Wirecard board member Jan Marsalek has fled to Russia according to information from the “Handelsblatt”. The manager, who had been in hiding for weeks, was housed on a property west of Moscow under the supervision of the Russian military secret service GRU, the “Handelsblatt” learned from entrepreneurial, judicial and diplomatic circles, according to Sunday’s advance notification.
Previously, Marsalek had brought significant amounts to Russia in the form of bitcoins from Dubai, where Wirecard had operated dubious operations. Wirecard granted alleged air bookings of 1.9 billion euros in June. A few days later, the Dax group filed for bankruptcy.
Long-time Asia CEO Marsalek is suspected of having inflated Wirecard’s total assets and sales volume as a result of fake income. Wirecard released him on June 18 and released him shortly thereafter. The Munich public prosecutor issued an arrest warrant against him.
According to the investigative platform Bellingcat, Marsalek flew in a chartered Embraer 650 Legacy from Klagenfurt via the Estonian capital Tallin to Minsk in Belarus on the day of his release. Because of the political conflict between the Russian leadership and Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko, it was probably too risky for the GRU to leave Marsalek in the neighboring country. Therefore, he was carried on to Russia.