Spanish Russian mafia Troika case: press release of the court on “uneconomic” transcations of the defendants

Press release Audiencia Nacional Troika

“However strange, uneconomic or unconventional were the commercial operations in which the defendants invested, if the origin of the acquired, converted, transmitted or concealed property is not proven of beeing from criminal activity, there is no money-laundering offence, “explains the Chamber (translation of the last paragraph of the press release on the sentence in Troika Russian Tambov gang case).

Arrest warrant fo Vorontsov, Gofsthein (Kalashov case in Spain)

vorontsov gofsthein kalashov

Arrest warrant for several Russian and Spanish citizens in Spain, considered to be part of the criminal gang of Zakhar Kalashov (see also the sentence issued by the Supreme Court of Spain), alias Shakro, dated of 2006.

Among them Oleg Vorontsov, residing in Madrid, was also considered to be close to Gafur Rakhimov.

Vorontsov ensured efforts of Rakhimov, who is under US sanctions for drug trafficking  – “one of the leaders of Uzbek organized crime with a speciality in the organized production of drugs in Central Asia”, to become head of the AIBA boxing association in Lausanna, Switzerland.

Petition to Spanish court by the defendant Juan Untoria, Tambov gang case: Petrov was a KGB agent

Untoria petition to court

One of the defendants in Spanish “Russian mafia case” (Tambovskaya gang or Troika case), Juan Untoria Augustin, asks the judge to release him from pre-trial detention. He argues that the presumed head of the gang, Gennadi (Gennadios) Petrov was introduced to him by his classmate, Spanish intelligence officer. Mr Untoria states that the officer knew Petrov during his counter intelligence work:

“Mr. Alises belongs to the CNI, and had a relationship with Mr. Petrov when he was in the KGB, and the former was responsible for counter-intelligence at CESID. Said man told [to Untoria] that he knew an important businessman personal friend of the then President of Russia, Mr. Putin, since they worked together in the KGB, (where the position of the first [Gennadios Petrov] was of greater responsibility), and that this man, called Guennadios Petrov, wanted to settle in Spain and undertake a series business, in the field of real estate, and in the import and export of food products between Russia and Spain, and that, for such purposes, he needed a lawyer in Spain.

Likewise, he indicated that Mr. Petrov had highly relevant companies in Russia, among which he highlighted that of a jewelry chain, with more than three hundred and fifty stores located in the most relevant residential areas of the capital and cities of the country”.

In this petition to court, Petrov is also called a friend of State Duma deputy Vladislav Reznik and then minister of communications Leonid Reiman.

Source: Journalist Jürgen Roth’s archive.

Investigation of Izmaylovskaya gang (Chernoi, Deripaska, Makhmudov) in Spain, 2009

Izmaylovskaya case Makhmudov Deripasca accusation act Spain

Dated of March 13, 2009. A request by Spanish Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office to the judge to conduct certain investigative actions related to the case of Izmayloskaya gang –  Iskander Makhmudov, Oleg Deripaska, Mikhail Chernoi (Cherny).

“Oleg Deripaska, together with Chernoi and Majmudov, controlled the company “Rual Trade, Ltd.” residing in Tortola (British Virgin Islands), then the world’s third largest producer of aluminum (the company “RussAl” was a subsidiary of said “Rual Trade, Ltd.”) and which was the subject of several suspicious communications of money laundering in the “ FinCEN ”: one, for a total of $ 11,598,499; another, for $ 4,869,310,635 between the years 2003 and 2007″. (p.5)

“Money laundering that is the subject of this investigation have been fundamentally channeled, on the one hand, through the company “Vera Metallurgica, S. A.”; on the other, through “Fima Veneer & Plywood Corporation, S. L.”; and, finally, by means of companies with registered offices in tax havens (thus, Cyprus and the British Virgin Islands) that have served as a screen to introduce money from criminal activities into Spain”.  (p.23)

See also summary by the Russian Prosecution from 2015:  “On April 10, 2007, the Central Investigative Court No. 4 of the National Audience of the Kingdom of Spain initiated a criminal case (№101 / 2007-D) regarding Makhmudov I.K., Deripaska O.V., and other persons under Art. 515 (creation of a criminal association), Art. 301 (money laundering), and Art. 305 (offense against the State Treasury) of the Criminal Code of the Kingdom of Spain.

On 07.12.2012, this criminal case, with the qualifications of the offense under Art. 174, 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, was transferred by the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation according to the Art. 151, 459 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of Russia for further investigation in the Investigative Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia.”

 

French property of Russian official Sergey Prikhodko’s daughter

Prikhodko-Extrait-Kbis

Property at the Alps ski resort Megève, belonging to Svetlana Prikhodko and her husband Ivan Sadchikov.

Since January 2020, Sergey Prikhodko is advisor to Russian prime minister Mikhail Mishustin.   From 2013 to 2018 he was Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in Dmitry Medvedev’s Cabinet, from 2018 to 2020 he was First Deputy Head of the Russian Government Office.

Prikhodko was also president of managing board of Tactical Missiles Corporation JSC, suspected by Novaya gazeta of embezzlement of funds via a shell company co-owned by Prikhodko’s son in law Ivan Sadchikov.

In February 2018 Alexei Navalny published a video alleging that Prikhodko had been receiving various bribes from Oleg Deripaska – oligarch suspected of ties with Izmaylovskaya gang. Alleged bribes included prostitutes services on a luxury boat where both Deripaska and Prikhodko discussed interference in US 2016 election. Prikhodko called Deripaska his “friend” and accused Navalny of mixing facts.

BND’s report on drug trafficking and money laundering in Liechtenstein, 1999, SPAG company

BND-Bericht Liechtenstein_recognized

German Intelligence BND’s report on drug’s money laundering in Liechtenstein, April 1999.

p. 15: ”

Zwischenzeitlich wurde bekannt, dass diese Bank vim organisierten Verbrechen noch zur Anlage bereits gewaschenen Geldes genutzt wird. Einen nachriechtendiesntlichen Hinweis zufolge transferieren russiesche Kriminelle über dieses Finanzinstitut die Mittel zum Erwerb bon Immobilien in Russland. Auch in diesen Transfer verdient RITTER mit. Er ist Mehraktioner der deutsch-russichen ST PETERBURGER IMMOBILIEN- UND BETEILIGUNGS- AG (SP AG), die die Immobilienkäufe abgewickelt warden sollen.

1997 sollen HEEB und RITTER von der IBR (Union bancaire privée, Switzerland) beauftragt worden sein, über die IBR vorgewaschene, kriminell erhielte Gelder in Deutschland an der Börse zu investieren und Aktien der SP AG zu erwerben. Der SP AG is ein 1992 gegründetes deutsch-russisches Joint-Venture mit Sitz in Frankfurt/M. Die gesellschaft besitzt in Russland umfangreiche Immobilien vermögen, z.B. in St Petersburg ein Bürogebäude im Wert von 10 Mio DM. Die Aktien worden seit Oktober 1997 im Freiverkehr an der Börse in Frankfurt/M gehandelt. Weitere Recherchen zur SP AG sind eingeleitet.”

Translation:

‘In the meantime it became known that this bank is still used to invest money of organized crime that has already been laundered. According to a pertinent note, Russian criminals transfer funds for the purchase of real estate in Russia through this financial institution. RITTER also makes a profit in this transfer. He is a multi-shareholder of the German-Russian JV ST PETERBURGER IMMOBILIEN- UND BETEILIGUNGS-AG (SP AG), which are to handle the property purchases.

In 1997, HEEB and RITTER are said to have been commissioned by the IBR (Union bancaire privée, Switzerland) to invest on the stock exchange prewashed, criminally received funds in Germany and to acquire shares in SP AG. SP AG is a German-Russian joint venture founded in 1992 with headquarters in Frankfurt / M. The company owns extensive real estate assets in Russia, e.g. an office building in St Petersburg worth DM 10 million. The shares have been traded over the counter on the Frankfurt / M stock exchange since October 1997. Further research on SP AG has been initiated. ”

The report led to at least three probes, two in Germany and one in Liechtenstein (see mentions of Rudolf Ritter).

See more documents on SPAG.

See warrant for SPAG’s shares  signed by Vladimir Putin, acting as St Petersburg’s vice mayor, 1994.

The SPAG’s probe in Germany (Darmstadt Prosecutor’s office) was closed in 2009 because of proscription. One of the main protagonists Vladimir Kumarin from Tambov gang, interrogated by German investigators in St Petersurg, denying any wronging, was imprisoned in Russia in 2007.

According to Jürgen Roth, German chancellor at that time Gerhard Schröder (soon after stepping down as chancellor, Schröder joined Gazprom and Rosneft) was personnally involved in making pressure on the prosecution to stop the case (see the book “Gangsters aus dem Osten” by Jürgen Roth, 2004).

 

 

Iskander Makhmudov and Gennady Petrov’s conversation, Tambovskaya case

A phone conversation between Gennady Petrov, defendant in the Troika case of Tambovskaya gang, and Iskander Makhmudov, which took place on September, 21, 2007, at 17:36. Makhmudov promises to Petrov to “do everything right now” in response to a previous Petrov’s request.

From the Troika case, examined at Madrid’s court, 2018.

See also, the 2019’s conviction for tax evasion of the defendant Yuri Salikov, since he concealed and did not pay taxes on several million euros, arrived at the account of the Spanish company that he co-owned with Petrov.

According to the Spanish Prosecution, Yuri Salikov, calling Makhmudov “The Chinese” in his own conversations with Petrov, from pretrial detention, expected that Makhmudov pays a deposit to allow Salikov to be released.

Makhmudov is one of the richest Russia’s oligarchs denying any wronging, one of the leaders of the Russian government’s procurements together with Andrey Bokarev. Makhmudov is one of the key figures in the investigations against Izmaylovskaya gang in Germany (2010), Spain (2009-2016), the announced French Senate’s probe (in connection to the so-called Benalla case)-2019, a RICO complaint in the USA, a complaint by a kazakh entrepreneur against Makhmudov (abduction).