Swiss prosecutor Bertossa on Pavel Borodin’s sentence in money laundering’s “Kremlingate”

From the book by Bernard Bertossa and Agathe Duparc. Paris, Fayard, 2009

Bertossa on Borodin Mabetex

The case of embezzlement and laundering of up to 15 million $ on the Kremlin’s buildings restauration, also known as Kremlingate, during president Eltsin’s administration.

Russian authorities dropped the file, transmitted by Switzerland, saying that they received “only copies of the documents which are not proofs”. In Switzerland Russian official (the Head of the Presidential Property Management Department) Pavel Borodin was found guilty and sentenced to a fine in 2002.

Geneva’s Prosecutor Bernard Bertossa:

In this case, we had all the evidence against Pavel Borodin: receipts, contracts, bank accounts. After that, those who wanted to cover up the scandal took over the case in Russia, we received a visit to Geneva from the Russian prosecutor and judge responsible for the investigation. We showed our file to them. I remember the prosecutor, a huge guy in the old apparatchik style, who never smiled. Both didn’t want to hear or understand anything, it was a dialogue of the deaf. They were in absolute bad faith. I imagine they came to Switzerland to find out what we knew, and maybe better prepare for the absolution of Borodin. In any case, we quickly understood that their attitude was exclusively dictated by political motives unrelated to the implementation of the law. Shortly after this interview, we learned that the file open in Moscow was closed. One of the reasons given was that the documents we had forwarded were not originals and therefore could not be considered as evidence. It was filthy hypocrisy!
But, after all, we didn’t need the Russians to go through the proceedings. In 2000, Geneva’s judge Daniel Devaud decided to indict Pavel Borodin and issued an international arrest warrant against him. <>
In 2002 Borodine and two Swiss financial intermediaries, who had helped him to wire transfer the amounts obtained due to  his corruption, were however found guilty of money laundering and sentenced to fines of 400,000 francs.  They did not appeal. As in many other cases, this case had some side effects. Our file was sent to the Swiss tax authorities and one of the companies that participates in the corruption of Borodin was ordered to reimburse ca. 10 million francs to settle taxes fraud…”

Roman Tsepov’s complaint against Yuri Shutov

shutov tsepov

Yuriy Shutov  – an early assistant in Sobchak’s administration who was fired after accusing the mayor’s office of corruption. See book by Shutov: “the Sobchak’s heart”.

Shutov was accused of contract murders and sentenced to life imprisonment amid a public support campaign.  Shutov died in Russian penal colony in 2015.

On September 14, 2010, an application No. 20922/08 has been communicated to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Mr. Shutov alleged that sentencing him to lifetime imprisonment while he was not present in the courtroom amounts to inhuman treatment.

This is to remind who accused Shutov of banditry:  Roman Tsepov, Former Ministry of Interior officer, co-founder, with Victor Zolotov, of security company called Baltik-Eskort, convicted criminal Ruslan Koliak, and former State Douma deputy and Soviet and Russian journalist Alexander Nevzorov (see mentions of Nevzorov by Marina Salye; in the Spanish criminal case of Tambov gang).

Outside Russia, no law enforcers’ reports endorse existence of the  “Shutov’s band”, unlike, for example, Izmaylovo, Solntsevo and Tambov gangs.

Spanish report on Deripaska and Chernoy’s connection to organized crime and Russian political power (Es)

Deripaska Abramovich doc from Spain

Spanish law enforcers’ undated unsigned report on Oleg Deripaska’s ties to organised crime – Izmaylovskaya , mentioning also Alisher Usmanov and Roman Abramovich:

“Deripaska … was closely linked to transnational organized crime and this fact is widely recognized. For example, this is the case of the Russian citizen of Uzbek descent Alisher Usmanov, who would be investing Deripaska’ funds in the European market”.

Deripaska is currently making a special effort to dissociate himself entirely from the criminal circles with which he collaborated previously. And as indicated above, this is the case of Cherney and Izmailovskaya. To be exact, the main purpose of this attitude is to achieve a relevant role in the group of oligarchs closest to the Russian administration. For that he tries to play the same role as the oligarch Roman Abramovich who is attributed the role to manage the private economic interests of Vladimir Putin.

See full English translation.

See also Spanish criminal case №101 / 2007-D on Deripaska, transferred to Russia upon Russian Prosecutor General request.

 

Luxury Paris apartment of Ilias Traber, suspected of ties with Tambov gang

property of Ilias Traber in Paris

Luxury apartment bought by the company SCI NINA bis, controlled by Ilias Traber, suspected of ties with Tambov (Tambovskaya) gang, in the center of Paris. As it follows from this Paris real estate record, it was sold in 2007 to Mr Rogachev (founder of Pyaterochka) supermarket.