Izmaylovo crime gang and Soviet immigration to New York, AP’s newswire 1999

FBI report: Top contributor to Giuliani, Schumer has mob ties
Associated Press Newswires
TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
Associated Press Writer
21 December 1999 22:17, 794 words, English,
(c) 1999. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

NEW YORK (AP) – A wealthy contributor to the political campaigns of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Sen. Charles Schumer is a suspected member of a Brooklyn-based Russian crime syndicate whose company has laundered millions of dollars, according to internal FBI documents.

Semyon (Sam) Kislin, 64, along with family members and businesses, gave $46,250 to Giuliani’s mayoral campaigns in 1993 and 1997 and $8,000 to Schumer’s 1998 U.S. Senate campaign.

Kislin, a commodities trader prominent in the Russian Jewish emigre communities of south Brooklyn, has denied any money laundering or other wrongdoing. He was vacationing in the Bahamas and could not be reached for comment.

His suspected involvement with organized crime was first reported Tuesday by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington D.C.

Kislin and his family have also donated to the re-election campaigns of President Bill Clinton and former Republican Sen. Alfonse D’Amato. In 1997, Kislin’s company, Trans Commodities, also gave $30,000 to the Liberal Party, which has backed Giuliani on each of his runs for mayor, and $7,700 to Jules Polonetsky, Giuliani’s running mate in 1997 and the current commissioner of Consumer Affairs.

Kislin also claims to have co-chaired a Giuliani for Senate fund-raiser at a Manhattan hotel on May 25 that raised $2.1 million for Giuliani’s political action committee. In 1996, he held a fund-raiser for Giuliani in a Brooklyn restaurant.

“I did a lot of fund raising for Giuliani,” Kislin said in an interview with the Center for Public Integrity. “He’s a good man, doing a good job for the city of New York.”

Kislin is also a board member of the city’s Economic Development Corporation, which is charged with protecting the city’s job and economic base.

Bruce Teitelbaum, who heads Giuliani’s exploratory Senate campaign, denied that Kislin was co-chair of the fund-raiser and added that Kislin has not given Giuliani’s exploratory committee any money. Teitelbaum said the campaign had been unaware of Kislin’s alleged ties to organized crime.

“Obviously, we didn’t know any of this,” said Teitelbaum. “He has not contributed to the (Senate) campaign, nor to the federal PAC. He has not contributed (to Giuliani) in over two-and-a-half years.”

At a press conference Tuesday, Giuliani said he knew Kislin and his wife, Ludmila, but was not aware of Kislin’s reputed mob ties.

“I’m not aware of any of the allegations,” said Giuliani. “They have not contributed to the federal (Senate) campaign…They have not raised any money (for me) since, I think, September 1997.”

The two likely candidates for the New York Senate seat are Giuliani and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

A spokeswoman for Schumer said the senator had also been unaware of Kislin’s ties.

“Our campaign policy was to do background checks on our donors,” said the spokeswoman, Cathie Levine. “Our research raised no red flags. If any of the allegations prove true, we will absolutely return the money.”

Kislin has been investigated by the FBI, but despite internal FBI reports alleging money laundering and mob ties, the agency has not pursued charges.

FBI spokesman Joe Valiquette refused to comment Tuesday.

But a 1994 FBI intelligence report obtained by The Associated Press claims Kislin is a “member or associate” of a Brighton Beach crime operation headed by Vyacheslav “Little Japanese” Ivankov.

Ivankov was given a 10-year prison sentence in 1997 for extortion and for a fraudulent marriage aimed at preventing his deportation.

Federal prosecutors said Ivankov was a “godfather” of Russian organized crime in the United States and abroad. Russian authorities said his criminal organization operated in the United States, Canada and Europe, as well as Russia.

In his interview with the Center for Public Integrity, Kislin said he does not know Ivankov and noted that though he has been investigated by the FBI, he has never been charged with a crime. He also denied that his company, Trans Commodities, had laundered money for Russian organized crime figures.

However, an FBI report says Trans Commodities “is known to have laundered millions of dollars from Russia to New York.”

The FBI and Interpol also claim that Trans Commodities co-sponsored a U.S. visa for Anton Malevskiy, the head of one of Russia’s top mafia families, the Izmaylovo gang. Malevskiy is also alleged to be a contract killer.

Further, Mikhail Chernoy, the company’s manager between 1988 and 1992, was involved in the takeover of the Russian aluminum industry through alleged embezzlement, money laundering and contract killing, according to the Russian national police.

See also: Izmaylovo gang, RICO complaint to the US district court mentioning Arnold Kislin. Deripaska vs Chernoy’s proceedings in UK, featuring Trans Commodities and Sam Kislin.

Rosukrenergo, Firtash, Chernoy, Bawag – parliamentary inquiry in Austria, 2007 (sealed part)

bawag-and-firtash-parlieamenary-inquiry-sealed-part

Transcript of the sealed part of the parliamentary inquiry in Austria, from July 4, 2007, dedicated to Russia mafia and money laundering in the country and possible involvement of Austrian financial institutions.

Continuation of the Rosukrenergo, Firtash, Chernoy, Bawag – parliamentary inquiry in Austria, 2007 (open part). German language.

Of interest:

English translation:

Page 56:

Deputy Werner Kogler (Greens): But something different has come. There are the representatives of Raiffeisen Investment together with legal representatives and representatives of the settler there: then, as we all knew later, it is about Firtash and Fursin. For their part, they flew to the US, to Washington, in February and so called reported there. That’s also very strange, as we can imagine here. – Do you have a perception that Raiffeisen Investment AG and the management have decided to fly to the US and report there to representatives of FBI, CIA? What do you know about it ?

Dr. Erich Zwettler: The only perception I have is that the representative of the FBI came to Vienna at some point and said that the whole story was finished because the Raiffeisen board of directors somehow met up with the people of Stuart Levey [US’ first Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence within the United States Department of the Treasury] and there is no more ground to any …

Original transcript:

Seite 56:

Abgeordneter Werner Kogler (Grüne) : Aber gekommen ist etwas anderes. Es sind nämlich die Vertreter von Raiffeisen Investment samt Rechtsvertreter und Vertreter des Treugebers dort : da geht es dann, wie wir später alle gewusst haben, um Firtash und Fursin. Die sind ihrerseits in die USA geflogen, nach Washington, im Februar und haben dort sozusagen berichtet. Das hat sich auch sehr seltsam zugefragen, wie wir uns hier jedoch vorstellen können. – Haben sie dazu eine Wahrnehmung, dass die Raiffeisen Investment AG und das Management sich entschlossen haben, in die USA zu fliegen und dort vor Vertretern FBI, CIA Bericht abzulegen ? Was wissen Sie darüber ?

Mag. Erich Zwettler : Die einzige Wahrnehmung die ich dazu habe ist, dass der Vertreter des FBI in Wien irgendwann einmal gekommen ist und gesagt hat, die ganze Geschichte hat sich erledigt, weil der Vorstand von Raiffeisen sich irgendwie mit den Leuten des Stuart Levey getroffen hat, und es gibt keinen weiteren Grund mehr zu irgendwie…

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Rosukrenergo, Firtash, Chernoy, Bawag – parliamentary inquiry in Austria, 2007 (open part)

Firtash parliamentary hearings in Austria

Сommittee of inquiry concerning  Financial Market Authority, BAWAG, Hypo Alpe-Adria and other financial service providers – incl. Raiffeisenbank work on behalf of Dmitry Firtash and Ivan Fursin.

Raiffeisenbank representatives claimed that they did compliance check with the due dilligence company Kroll which found that Firtash made his carrier not only as Semyon Mogilevich’s man, there were various factors (p. 95):

Deputy Mag. Werner Kogler (Greens): The content of this [Kroll] report what is it? With which main arguments at most also proof these were rather
public concerns about Firtash, possibly Fursin – there I am
not so well informed, but at least Firtash – refuted in the Kroll report?
Dr. Wolfgang Putschek (Raiffeisen): That was not the main argument, there was a series of facts that have just proven the history,shed light on the rise of Mr. Firtash, on how he came to his fortune, how his business has developed as he himself has come into the gas business, where he credibly have acquired the know-how to play a significant role in such a big transaction, and at the end of the report it culminated in a statement that there are no concerns about doing business with him and no connections to the mentioned Mr. Mogilevich.

Paul Manafort to help bringing down Spanish anti-corruption prosecutors in Andorra money laundering case

In 2017 Paul Manafort had a meeting with three Spanish nationals wanting to “bring down prosecutor Grinda” and his colleagues. One of the interlocutors was now imprisonned police’s officer José Villarejo, two others – businessmen from Andorra’s private bank investigated for money laundering since 2012 (among them – of Russian clients).

Literal transcription (Spanish):

Alberto Padrazo (Andorra’s private bank): No hay que moverse, tienen que irse de España [los hermanos Cierco]. Y se tienen que ir porque esto es todo un puta encerrona… Que el Gobierno andorrano no te quita a Grinda, eso solo viene de una parte, eso solo viene de una parte: de Paul Manafort [que en el que se han reunido el día anterior en Nueva York] y si no el famoso juicio 81, que es una macrocausa, que les vamos a sentar a todos en el banquillo y van a intentar… y el Gobierno de Andorra cuando vea que estos tíos tienen el apoyo de España y de Estados Unidos [Por Mariano Rajoy y Donald Trump] no van a tener cojones de hacer nada… Intento no precipitarme, yo que llevo trabajando un año en este tema (ininteligible) y le digo: “Mira, Javier, siempre es lo mismo… ‘Es que tengo papeles de no sé qué, de los Pujol’, nosotros no tenemos nada, darnos todo”.

English translation: The Andorran government does not take away Grinda [prosecutor called “Spain’s Robert Mueller”] from our  path, that can only come  from one part, that only comes from one part: from Paul Manafort … and if not, the famous trial 81, which is a macrocause, that we will all sit on the bench and they will try … and the Government of Andorra when it sees that these buddies have the support of Spain [at the level above prosecutors] and the United States they are not going to have anything to do … I try not to rush, I have been working on this subject for a year  and the Government of Andorra…”

Alberto Pedraza, one of the interlocutors explained about Manafort: “I am a businessman who is looking for business. I was invited to a trip to meet Paul Manafort and I went, but I have nothing to do with what Villarejo and De la Joya will get in their hands. Besides, what is told in a conversation like this and what happens next in real life makes a lot of difference. “

The same conspirators also discuss plans to accuse Grinda and other two anti-corruption prosecutors of paedophilia in another tapes. This happened in real life (accusations emerged and continue circulate in “alternative media” in Spain). The investigations are ongoing amid suspicions that Russian mobsters and an oligarch backed it.
Source.

Accusation act in the criminal case number 534530 from 1994 in Sant-Petersburg against the Tambov-Malyshev gang – Petrov, Malyshev, Kuzmin

petrov malyshev accusation 1994

Accusation act in the criminal case number 534530 from 1994 in Sant-Petersburg against the Tambov-Malyshev gang of creating organized crime community , extortion, gathering slush funds and their laundering in Europe. Main defendants: Gennady Petrov, Sergey Kuzmin, Alexander Malyshev. Cash, arms, including pistols and an arbalest to shot on “alive victims” were seized by the investigators in different locations. Cash in plastic bags was seized  at Petrodin’s company.

The arrested as a member of the gang Valery Ob’edkov was a policeman and used government-issued weapon during raid attacks, according to this accusation act.

See also cover page of this 22 volumes case with full list of defendants and criminal code’s articles.

In 1995, it led to almost full acquittal in trial  amid testimonies of corruption of the court. In the court, victims of extortion said they were wrong identifying their kidnappers. The Spanish court in 2018 trusted to this Sankt-Petersburg aquittal of 1995 and the more recent FSB reports, including of its Sankt-Petersburg branch, presented by the defence. Gennadi Petrov, failed to show at the Sanish court himself, was called honest businessman with revenues from Petrodin company and the Bank Rossiya in the sentence. For more details see Spanish Troika case’s sentence (aquittal).

Russian mafia case in Spain: conviction for tax evasion of the defendant Salikov

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Yuri Salikov was acquitted in the Russian mafia case (Troika case) in 2018 in Spain, on charges of money laundering of the Tambov gang funds, like all the other defendants. While the sentence recognized the suspicious transactions as “anti economic”, the difficulty was to prove the predicate offence when Russian authorities gave contradictory reports to Spain on the Tambov / gang, amid suspicion of strong ties of the main defendants with the Russian law enforcers and government.  See also accusation of 1994 in Sant-Petersburg against the Tambov-Malyshev gang of creating organized crime community , extortion, gathering slush funds and their laundering in Europe. It also led to almost full acquittal in trial  amid testimonies of corruption of the court. Victims of extortion said they were wrong identifying their kidnappers in the court. The Spanish court in 2018 trusted to this Sankt-Petersburg aquittal of 1995 and the more recent FSB reports, including of its Sankt-Petersburg branch, presented by the defence.

By the present sentence, from 4 April 2019, Yuri Salikov was convicted by the Spanish court Audiencia Nacional for  tax evasion (for the same transactions earlier incriminated in money laundering case).

Salikov was co-owner and than took over the Spanish company Sunstar SL from Gennadios (Gennadi) Petrov which is fleeing the Spanish justice, one can read in the sentence. In 2002-2003 Yuri Salikov increased the capital of the company by more than 2 Mln of euros, simulating three loans, which were factitious, considered the court. The company invested funds of unknown origin to invest in real estate (p. 5). Doing so, “Yuri Salikov omitted to declare the income, recieved in the 2002 financial year, of 2 283 830 euros, failing to pay a fee to public finances which should be 938 235 euros” (p. 6).

The court condemned Yuri Salikov (Jurij Mihajlovich SALIKOV) as the author responsible for a crime against the Public Treasury, defining a  penalty of one year and three months in prison and a fine of 469 117 euros, with subsidiary personal responsibility of six months in case of default.
The convicted person must also indemnify the Public Treasury as civil liability in the amount of EUR 938,235 plus legal interest.

As it is clear from the sentence, Salikov and his wife, participating in the business of her husband and Gennadios Petrov, both have German citizenship.

Yuri Salikov is considered by the Spanish investigation to be close to bank Rossiya long time major shareholder Gennadios Petrov and Iskander Makhmudov (accused of belonging to Izmaylovo gang) who allegedly paid a pledge for Salikov in 2008. See taped conversations summary of the Troika case for details.

Whistle blower in Magnitsky case Alexander Perepilichny to be sued by Gregory Bubnov, bank Pushkino

Pushkino bank vs Perepilichny

A Moscow’s court of decision to grant OOO Jirsa’s legal suit asking to enforce Alexander Perepilichny to pay 2 631 404 RUR of debts, from 10 March 2012 (granted). Perepilichny himself blamed his former Moscow’s partners Gregory Bubnov (now investing in Czech republic where he settled) and Alexander Semenov for extortion. The alleged debt of Perepilichny resulted from his loan of 3 Mln USD taken at Pushkino bank (founded by Gregory Bubnov) in 2009 bank and later was sold to OOO Jirsa, according to the decision.

Owners of OOO Jirsa: JIRSA HOLDINGS LIMITED Cyprus and Kovtun Dmitri Vadimovich INN 772875373133; Kovtun Dmitri Vadimovich INN 772875373133 is also linked to OOO “ST-TOR”: beneficial owner is Lugovaya Kseniya Alekseevna, former shareholders are Lugovoi Andrei Konstantinovich (wanted by UK on suspicion of the murder of Alexander Litvinenko), Lugovaya Tatyana Evgenevna, Kovtun Dmitri Vadimovich, Lugovoi Yuri Konstantinovich. Source: Spark-interfax.

In 2010 the banker Alexander Perepilichny emigrated from Russia and gave bank wire documents to Hermitage Capital, becoming a whistle blower who had help to uncover a huge tax fraud case in Russia, more known as “Magnitsky case”. Died in UK in 2012 amid mysterious circumstances. Before emigration, Perepilichny had businesses in Moscow with his classmates Gregory Bubnov and Alexander Semenov. Most famous of them, “Bank Pushkino” and “Financial Bridge” were closed in 2013 by Russian financial regulators. Bubnov moved to Czech republic to carry out 60 Mln USD investments in real estate, together with a Russian partner.

 

Whistle blower in Magnitsky case Alexander Perepilichny to be sued by Gregory Bubnov and Andrei Lugovoy’s partner Kovtun

Alexander Perepilichny debts court decision

Smolensk court of appeal’s decision to reject OOO Jirsa’s legal suit asking to enforce Alexander Perepilichny to pay 42 Mln RUR of debts (ca. 1 350 000 USD), from 9 October 2012. Perepilichny himself blamed his former Moscow’s partners Gregory Bubnov (now investor in Czech republic) and Alexander Semenov for extortion. The alleged debt of Perepilichny resulted from his loan of 3 Mln USD taken at Pushkino bank (founded by Gregory Bubnov) in 2009 bank and later was sold to OOO Jirsa, according to a previous court decision from 2011.

Owners of OOO Jirsa: JIRSA HOLDINGS LIMITED Cyprus and Kovtun Dmitri Vadimovich INN 772875373133; Kovtun Dmitri Vadimovich INN 772875373133 is also linked to OOO “ST-TOR”: beneficial owner is Lugovaya Kseniya Alekseevna, former shareholders are Lugovoi Andrei Konstantinovich (wanted by UK on suspicion of the murder of Alexander Litvinenko), Lugovaya Tatyana Evgenevna, Kovtun Dmitri Vadimovich, Lugovoi Yuri Konstantinovich. Source: Spark-interfax.

In 2010 the banker Alexander Perepilichny emigrated from Russia and gave bank wire documents to Hermitage Capital, becoming a whistle blower who had help to uncover a huge tax fraud case in Russia, more known as “Magnitsky case”. Died in UK in 2012 amid mysterious circumstances. Before emigration, Perepilichny had businesses in Moscow with his classmates Gregory Bubnov and Alexander Semenov. Most famous of them, “Bank Pushkino” and “Financial Bridge” were closed in 2013 by Russian financial regulators. Bubnov moved to Czech republic to carry out 60 Mln USD investments in real estate, together with a Russian partner.

Partner of the whistle blower from Magnitsky case, banker from liquidated Russian banks, as an ambitious Czech developer

In 2010 The banker Alexander Perepilichny emigrated from Russia and gave bank wire documents to Hermitage Capital, becoming a whistle blower who had help to uncover a huge tax fraud case in Russia, more known as “Magnitsky case”. Before emigration, Perepilichny had businesses in Moscow with his classmates Gregory Bubnov and Alexander Semenov.

Perepilichny, along with Grigory Bubnov and Alexander Semenov, participated in several financial projects, the most famous of which were East Bridge Bank, Pushkino Bank and Financial Bridge (aka Finbridge). According to Perepilichny, when at the end of 2009 he returned to Russia from a business trip, he was met right at the airport and, threatened with a pistol, pushed into a car and forced to sign debt obligations. Semenov ad Bubnov subsequently sued Perepilichny on behalf of newly established by bank Pushkino companies.

A local banker from Mari-El, Russia, was complaining that Semenov, Bubnov and others, 5 people “invited me and began to offer to buy a hotel for the office of Sberbank. I immediately told them that such a building will not meet the necessary requirements. The conversation went on in another aspect, purely with a gangster vocabulary. They answered me, “you should think, you know who is behind us” (see more here).

Based on the frame of activity of Perepilichny and his whistle blowing of inside information on Magnitsky case, his acquaintance suggests that he “could have been involved in cashing out illegally reimbursed VAT”. All this scheme might be a “cancerous tumour on the body of the Russian economy, which everyone knows.” In 2012, Alexander Perepilichny died aged 44 in UK amid mysterious circumstances.

Pushkino Bank, established in 1990, was liquidated by Russian authorities in 2013, as well as East Bridge Bank and Financial Bridge.  One of the former shareholders of bank Pushkino left Russia and is wanted by Russian authorities “for fraud”.In 2013 one of the major shareholders of Pushkino became Alexander Dobrovisnki (partner and self proclaimed friend of the powerful Ilias Traber from Tambov gang).

Since 2017, Gregory Bubnov is a shareholder of several real estate companies in the Czech Republic. He’s simply presented by media as “a local Czech entrepreneur of Russian origin (no link to the bank Pushkino)” with huge construction projects in Prague, partner of Alexander Ruchyev, real estate developer from Russia. After investing Mio 60 $ in Czech republic, the companies plan to expand activity to Stuttgart, Germany, and Austria.

Czech entities of Bubnov are : G2 Group s.r.o., VLK development s.r.o, Wild Stone International s.r.o.

Wild Stone International s.r.o.
G2 group s.r.o.(4)
VLK development s.r.o.