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.

Kirill Shamalov’s secret Monégasque company

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Minutes of decisions of the single shareholder of the Monégasque SCP ALTA MIRA, unique founder of the French company, SCI Atlantic, on the transfer of shares from Gennady and Elena Timchenko to SCP ALTA MIRA, represented by Kirill Shamalov, “manager” (“gérant”), registered in Monaco.

This is a way for the Timchenkos to sell a €4.5-million villa in Biarritz, on the Atlantic coast of France, to Shamalov, previously covered in the press. At that juncture, shareholders of ALTA MIRA could not be disclosed because of Monégasque law: creation of a SCP — société civile particulière — is not announced in “Journal Officiel” (the government’s official publication) and, even upon request, their beneficiaries cannot be disclosed.

Kirill Shamalov, born in 1982, is son to member of Ozero cooperative, Nikolay Shamalov (Putin was among its founders), and shareholder of Bank Rossiya. Kirill Shamalov was reportedly married to Putin’s daughter.

 

Sentence, Troika criminal case, Spain

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Acquittal of all 17 defendants in the Spanish criminal case against the Tambov gang on charges of money laundering and creation of an organized crime group. Released on October 18, 2018. The “anti-economic” transactions from Cyprus, Panama, Liberia, and Liechtenstein to Spain by collaborators of Gennadios (Gennady) Petrov, Sergey Kuzmin, and Alexander Malishev do not indicate that the money was criminal, the sentence states. Spanish judges even acquitted two defendants who acknowledged themselves to be guilty of money laundering and of organized crime, Mikhail Rebo and Leon (Leonid) Khazine, stating the court is allowed to do so.

Spanish judges expressed a high level of trust in Russian FSB reports. The arguments of the defendants: acquittal of Gennadios (Gennady) Petrov, Alexander Malyshev, and Sergey Kuzmin in a Russian court in 1995 (see the conclusion of accusations on gangster association and other materials from this 22-volume case in the TBCA and also undenied press reports that Petrov bribed Russian judges in 1994). The Spanish sentence pretends that Petrov was not involved in organized crime, based on two reports from the Russian FSB and several more letters from different Russian law enforcement bodies, as well as on the conviction for defamation of a Russian media outlet for linking Gennady Petrov and Ilias Traber to organized crime (for background, see freedom of press in Russia).

In the sentence, the defendant, Vladislav Reznik, is recognized as a former member of the managing board of Bank Rossiya. Gennady Petrov (the main defendant who escaped from Spain to Russia) is described as co-founder and 27% shareholder of Bank Rossiya until 2003, which ought to prove the legality of his activities and his high standard of living.

The Russian-Swedish company, Petrodin (one of St. Petersburg’s municipal casino operators in the 1990s), is also mentioned by Spanish judges as a legal entity of Petrov, explaining his wealth.

From TBCA on Petrodin: see Petrov’s Swedish partner’s letter, 1994.

In the office of PETRODIN Joint-Venture a box with cash in plastic bag is found (1993), see search protocol of Petrodin, 1993. See also Petrodin’s casino stand , established officially for “market research”.

Enablers in managing company of Bank Rossiya

Evidence of foreign enablers involved in the management of shares in Bank Rossiya (subject since 2014 to EU and US sanctions because of alleged ties to the Russian leadership).

Management company of assets of the Bank Rossiya – ABR Management – registered in Russia; its board of directors: Henri Proglio (France; close to Sarkozy), Angelo Codignoni (Italy; close to Berlusconi https://www.linkiesta.it/it/article/2014/03/21/le-sanzioni-contro-putin-puniscono-lamico-silvio/20294/) (Italian) and Marco Piccinini (Monégasque politician).

ABR Management is the holding company, in particular, for Bank Rossiya, Sogaz Insurance Group, and National Media Group.

The French businessman, Henri Proglio, also founded several entities in Russia:

“AP ENERDZHI EDVAIZORI”  (AP Energy Advisory) and “AP Consulting”. Possible traffic of influence. Former head of EDF — the French electricity monopoly. In France, Henri Proglio was suspected of conflict of interest and traffic of influence: https://www.lepoint.fr/societe/henri-proglio-vise-par-une-enquete-pour-trafic-d-influence-08-06-2014-1833696_23.php

ABR Managment also founded “VENCHURNAYA INVESTITSIONNAYA KOMPANIYA” (Venture Investments Company) in St Petersburg.

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