The economist does not rule out the possibility that selling Iran's Onerbank was an attempt to scare the financial agencies of the US.
“It's possible that by selling shares and changing its head the bank tries to avoid possible persecution by the financial intelligence of the United States, the country which Department of the Treasury slapped sanctions on it. Though a non-banking institution with European assets was called as the purchaser, it is entirely possible that the purchase was made by Belarusians,” Leanid Zaika said in an interview with charter97.org.
Onerbank ZAO was founded in October 2009 as a bank with 100% foreign capital. Onerbank was founded by three Iranian banks – Bank Refah Kargaran, Bank Saderat Iran and the Export Development Bank of Iran (Bank Toseh Saderat Iran).
The US Department of the Treasure imposed sanctions on the bank because it was controlled by Iranian banks.
According to La Stampa newspaper (Italy), the Iranian banks subject to western sanctions began to register their branches in Minsk trying to bypass sanctions.