Avaaz Complaint against Bayrock B.V. / Bayrock Group LLC

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Report on criminal offences filed by the Prakken D’Oliveira, a human rights lawyers firm, on behalf of the international human rights NGO Avaaz.

Avaaz suspects a number of legal and natural entities in gross violations in Kazakhstan, such as laundering of substantial amount of money that was embezzled in Kazakhstan. There are indications that through a number of entities, such as Bayrock Group LLC, Tevfik Arif and Leila Khrapunov, at least USD 1,480,000 were laundered in the Netherlands.


St Petersburg press article, 1993: the detained one metric ton of cocaine will be recycled for medical purposes

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Nevskoye Vremya’s press article from February 25, 1993, St Petersburg, titled: “we will be treated by cocaine”.

On February 21, 1993, St. Petersburg’s  Department of the Ministry of Security of the Russian Federation (known as UMBR, the predecessor to FSB) announced that it intercepted «an attempted ton of cocaine into Russia» at the Vyborg border crossing. Four days later, the head of UMBR Viktor Cherkesov said that the cargo had arrived from Columbia on a ship, and had passed Finnish customs unnoticed disguised as “cans of Colombian stew”, but that Russian customs officers noticed that some cans did not have markings, and upon opening one found cocaine inside. «The seized cocaine became the property of the state and will be used for medical purposes,» said Cherkesov, quoted by the newspaper «Nevskoe Vremya» in the article «We shall now be treated with cocaine» published on February 25, 1993. Cherkesov said that as of 1993 in St. Petersburg there were not enough cocaine reserves for medicinal purposes and these needed to be replenished. At that time such explanations did not cause a public uproar.

In his interview Cherkesov chose not to name the company, which was the intended recipient of the cocaine in St. Petersburg (as the shipment was planned to be repackaged for further re-export to Western Europe. «The company’s name is kept undisclosed as the investigation is ongoing.», he said. He also withheld the name of the single detained suspect, whom he described as «citizen of Israel, and former citizen of the USSR».

Later, the Belgian newspaper Le Soir published its own investigation, according to which the seemingly valiant operation of St. Petersburg’s security services was in fact a breach of an ongoing Interpol-coordinated international operation under the code name «Acapulco», which had been in the works for three years, and began with a wiretap by Colombian police.

“”moved from Bogota to Göteborg, and then, from Gothenburg to Kotka (Finland), the container was finally intercepted by the Russians, contrary to all logic and jointly coordinated plans – at the Vyborg border crossing.”

According to Alain Lallemand – the investigation’s author (who would later go on to write a book on this case), the organizer of this delivery was a certain Oscar Donat, who was subsequently arrested in Israel. In the early 90’s Donat was the owner and operator of the giant St. Petersburg customs-clearance terminal «Eurodonat Terminals».

According to The Insider, Sergei Adoniev, convicted for scam in the US in 1998, was suspected by FBI of involvement in the case original cocaine smuggling case. The whole operation appeared to be supervised with Soviet émigrés in the US. See Swiss analytical report in the TBCA, in particular, on FSB and crime connection of Soviet emigration to the US. And FBI’s report (excerpts) on “Organizatsiya”.

Billionaire Sergey Adoniev’s plea in the US, 1998 (scam)


Sergey Chemezov’s partner, co-founder of Yota-Phone. Sergey Adonyev (Sergei or Serguei Adoniev) was charged of conspiracy to commit a crime accusation in the US and pleaded guilty. See more:  Citizen cocaine. What connects billionaire Sergei Adonyev, cocaine smuggling and Putin (The Insider).

Billionaire Sergey Adoniev’s indictment in the US, 1996 (scam)


Sergey Chemezov’s partner, co-founder of Yota-Phone, Sergey Adonyev (Sergei or Serguei  Adoniev) was charged of conspiracy to commit a crime accusation in the US and pleaded guilty. See more:  Citizen cocaine. What connects billionaire Sergei Adonyev, cocaine smuggling and Putin (The Insider).

Confirmation of proceedings at Russian Prosecutor’s office against Makhmudov and Deripaska

General Prosecutor’s Office of Russia

18.11.2014 № 34/3-334-12

On your request, I inform you that, 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.

This criminal case, with the qualifications of the offense under Art. 174, 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation 07.12.2012, 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.

The deadline for the preliminary investigation in the case was extended to 02/10/2015.

Deputy Head of Supervision of the Investigation of Highly Important Cases, V.V. Ignashin.

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Deripaska welcomed the transfer of the case from Spain to Russia, done by the Spanish judge, Fernando Andreu.

Izmaylovska sentence, Germany

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Sentence issued in 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany, against Alexander Afanasiev and others — found guilty of money laundering and illicit association with the Izmaylovskaya criminal group. By way of background, the activity of Oleg Deripaska and Iskander Makhmudov is described by witnesses (found trustworthy by the court). The witness, Dzhalol Khaidarov, states that they were all part of Izmaylovskaya, led by Mikhail Chernoy and Anton Malevski, and laundered criminal money in Germany and other countries.

Federatsiya Foundation 2011: Kiselev, Malofeev, Taiwanchik, Seagal

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Secret list of those invited to the second closed concert of the Foundation “Federatsiya” in Moscow on July 9–10, 2011. Federatsiya was founded by Vladimir Kiselev. In 1993, he was arrested as a member of the Malyshevskaya organized criminal group (also known as the Tambov gang), familiar to Vladimir Putin, according to Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, who spoke to Radio Liberty (Russian). During the first concert of the Foundation Federatsiya in St. Petersburg in 2010, Vladimir Putin himself played piano.

The second concert in 2011 was guarded by the FSB. Sponsor — Konstantin Malofeev. Invited — Taiwanchik (Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov), wanted by interpol; Minister of Culture, Alexander Avdeev; Steven Seagal and other Hollywood stars.

Possible traffic of influence. Aside are noted invitations to civil servants — S.V. Vasiliev(Head of Rosreestr, State Registration Service); R.E. Artyukhin (Head of the Federal Treasury); T.G. Nesterenko (Deputy Minister of Finance); A.V. Gusev (Judicial Department of the Supreme Court); etc.

Purportedly charity events, the concerts became known because families, who were meant to have received help from the Foundation, as the Foundation itself had publicised, complained that they did not receive anything. During the first concert, the Foundation was not registered and only appeared back-dated in official records.

Its founder, Vladimir Kiselev, was also mentioned in the inspection report of the Ministry of Finance relating to funds from St. Petersburg’s budget distributed to the XXth Trust company for construction works in the city. XXth Trust then transferred a portion to Kiselev and he transferred the funds to California. A criminal case was initiated in 2000 and later dropped and the chief investigator was forced to retire.


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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