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)

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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.

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

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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).

Archived Interpol’s warrant on Mikhail Cherny, Izmaylovskaya gang

Accessed in 2014. The arrest warrant issued by Spanish Interior was valid from 2009 till 2016 under this URL. Charges mentioned: criminal organization, money laundering. See also confirmation from Russian Prosecutor General’s office that they investigate a criminal case based on Spanish Prosecutor’s Office material since 2011. See Spanish Prosecutor’s office protest against inaction of the Russian Prosecution (2014).

In the beginning of the 90ths brothers Mikhail and Lev Cherny (Chernoy) also cooperated with Solntsevskaya and Taiwanchik (see the 2009 report by the Italian prosecutor Luigi de Ficchi , p. 12, for more details; For background, see a RICO complaint against Izmaylovskaya and its USA’s enablers.

 

 

 

Gaydmak vs Leviev (Levaev) dispute in UK over diamonds business in Africa

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The case, brought by Arkady Gaydamak against Lev Leviev (Levaev) in London in 2012, over disputed unpaid commissions and dividends from diamonds business in Angola. Involves testimony on the roles of the US-Russian rabbi Berl Lazar and an Angolan general. Gaydamak lost the suite.

Gaydamak is convicted in the so called French “Angolagate affair” of arms  sales and money laundering between France and Angola during the civil war in Angola (1975-2002).  The amount of these sales is estimated at some $ 790 million.

The first instance sentence for the “Angolagate affair” was handed down on October 27, 2009 in Paris.  Gaydamak, alias Bar Lev ARYE (his Israeli ID) and Falcone were found guilty of illegal arms deals, tax fraud, money laundering, embezzlement and others, sentenced to six years in prison and fines. Gaydamak was sentenced in absentia.

The Paris Court of Appeal’s decision was given on April 29, 2011. Gaydamak’s sentence was reduced to three years of prison and €375,000 fine for tax evasion and  laundering of money of “serious criminal origin” (p.73 of the document). The appeal decision confirmed the international arrest warrant for Gaydamak (ibid). The appeal court cleared the majority of defendants, including Gaydamak, for proper arms trafficking, accepting their claims that they acted on behalf of Angola’s government.

In 2013 a group of Angolan citizens submitted a complaint to Swiss prosecutors against Gaydamak, his partner Russian senator Vitaly Malkin and others, pretending they helped to embezzle Angolan State debt to Russia to Swiss accounts.

In 2018 brother and son of Leviev were reportedly arrested in Israel in the case of diamonds smuggling.  (See also mentions of Levaev in a Gennady Petrov’s conversation from Tambovskaya gang case and an Austrian Prosecution’s document on Leviev’s link to Mikhail Chernoy from Izmaylovskaya gang).

Taiwanchik (Alimzhan Toktakhunov) claimed in an interview that Gaydamak was his friend. Gaydamak resides in Moscow.

In 1972, Gaydamak emigrated to Israel and than to France from USSR on the so-called Jewish exit visa. See more on this type of emigration and suspicion of cooperation with KGB of the new immigrants also involved in organized crime, raised by Swiss Intelligence (2007) and an FBI report (90ths).

Angolagate – appeal decision, 2011

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he Angolagate is the name given to a vast affair of arms and war material sales between France and Angola by President Dos Santos in the years 1993-1998, during the civil war in Angola (1975-2002) and linked to that money laundering from arms trafficking.  The amount of these sales is estimated at some $ 790 million.

The first instance sentence for the “Angolagate affair” was handed down on October 27, 2009 in Paris. Charles Pasqua and Jean-Charles Marchiani were found guilty of taking money from Arkady Gaydamak and Falcone while knowing it was proceeds of crime, from the Slovak company ZTS Osos, having accounts at the Russian Bank Rossiyski Credit and COMMERCIAL BANK MOSKVA and others. Gaydamak claimed that the main shareholder of the Slovak company ZTS Osos, which he headed, was Russian arms exporter Spetsvneshtekhnika.

“According to Mr. CURIAL, Mr. FALCONE had explained that it was a Slovak company linked to the KGB, a service to which Mr. GAYDAMAK had been a member (page 178 of the sentence).”

Gaydamak, alias Bar Lev ARYE (his Israeli ID) and Falcone were found guilty of illegal arms deals, tax fraud, money laundering, embezzlement and others, sentenced to six years in prison and fines. Gaydamak was sentenced in absentia. Falcone, who tried and failed to claim diplomatic immunity in the case, was taken into custody by police. Jean-Christophe Mitterrand was found guilty of receiving $2 million from Falcone and Gaydamak to promote their interests, and sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence and a €375,000 fine. In total, thirty six individuals were convicted of various levels of involvement in the scandal,21 of them appealed the decision.

Gaydamak also claimed that he had a diplomatic immunity as an Ambassador of Angola to UNESCO  (the court refused to consider a Gaydamak’s diplomatic immunity in France).

The present Paris Court of Appeal’s decision was given on April 29, 2011. Gaydamak’s sentence was reduced to three years of prison and €375,000 fine for tax evasion and  laundering of money of “serious criminal origin” (p.73 of the document). The appeal decision confirmed the international arrest warrant for Gaydamak (ibid). The appeal court cleared the majority of defendants, including Gaydamak, for proper arms trafficking, accepting their claims that they acted on behalf of Angola’s government.

See more about the appeal decision (in French) and its criticism: the appeal trial was preceded by a singular episode. Five weeks before the opening of the hearing on this diplomatically and economically sensitive subject – Angola is one of the largest oil producers in Africa – President Christian Pers was surprised to learn of his sudden promotion to the Court of Cassation and its immediate replacement. Before that, Mr. Pers had made two unwelcome decisions by refusing to grant the defendant, partner of Gaydamak Pierre Falcone’s requests for release.

During the trial was said that to be involved in legal oil businesses in Angola via Glencore. (See also, Glencore’s involvement in Nordex with Grigory Luchanski, p.92).

Gaydamak said to Russian press that the case is of ” pure politics”.  In the same interview, Gaydamak said he helped Lev Leviev alias Levaev to set up diamonds trading with Angola, having a company Africa Israel together with Levaev. In 2012, Gaydamak sued Leviev in London over unpaid commission for diamond businesses and lost the suite.

In 2018 brother and son of Levaev were reportedly arrested in Israel in the case of diamonds smuggling.  (See also mentions of Levaev in a Gennady Petrov’s conversation from Tambovskaya gang case and an Austrian Prosecution’s document on Leviev’s link to Mikhail Chernoy from Izmaylovskaya gang).

Taiwanchik (Alimzhan Toktakhunov) claimed in an interview that Gaydamak was his friend. Gaydamak resides in Moscow.

In 1972, Gaydamak emigrated to Israel and than to France from USSR on the so-called Jewish exit visa. See more on this type of emigration and suspicion of cooperation with KGB of the new immigrants also involved in organized crime, raised by Swiss Intelligence (2007) and an FBI report (90ths).

Angolagate’s 2009 sentence, France

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The Angolagate is the name given to a vast affair of arms and war material sales between France and Angola by President Dos Santos in the years 1993-1998, during the civil war in Angola (1975-2002) and linked to that money laundering from arms trafficking.  The amount of these sales is estimated at some $ 790 million.

The sentence for the “Angolagate affair” was handed down on October 27, 2009. Charles Pasqua and Jean-Charles Marchiani were found guilty of taking money from Arkady Gaydamak and Falcone while knowing it was proceeds of crime, from the Slovak company ZTS Osos, having acounts at the Russian Bank Rossiyski Credit and COMMERCIAL BANK MOSKVA. Gaydamak claimed that the main shareholder of the Slovak company ZTS Osos, which he headed, was Russian arms exporter Spetsvneshtekhnika.

“According to Mr. CURIAL, Mr. FALCONE had explained that it was a Slovak company linked to the KGB, a service to which Mr. GAYDAMAK had been a member (page 178 of the sentence).”

Gaydamak, alias Bar Lev ARYE (his Israeli ID) and Falcone were found guilty of illegal arms deals, tax fraud, money laundering, embezzlement and others, sentenced to six years in prison and multi-million-euro fines each. Gaydamak was sentenced in absentia. Falcone, who tried and failed to claim diplomatic immunity in the case, was taken into custody by police. Jean-Christophe Mitterrand was found guilty of receiving $2 million from Falcone and Gaydamak to promote their interests, and sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence and a €375,000 fine. In total, thirty six individuals were convicted of various levels of involvement in the scandal,21 of them appealed the decision.

Gaydamak also claimed that he had a diplomatic immunity as an Ambassador of Angola to UNESCO  (the court refused to consider a Gaydamak’s diplomatic immunity in France).

The Paris Court of Appeal’s decision was given on April 29, 2011. Gaydamak’s sentence was reduced to three years of prison and €375,000 fine for tax evasion and  laundering of money of “serious criminal origin” (p.73 of the appeal decision). The appeal decision confirmed the international arrest warrant for Gaydamak (ibid). The appeal court cleared the majority of defendants, including Gaydamak, for proper arms trafficking, accepting their claims that they acted on behalf of Angola’s government.

See more about the appeal decision (in French) and its criticism: the appeal trial was preceded by a singular episode. Five weeks before the opening of the hearing on this diplomatically and economically sensitive subject – Angola is one of the largest oil producers in Africa – President Christian Pers was surprised to learn of his sudden promotion to the Court of Cassation and its immediate replacement. Before that, Mr. Pers had made two unwelcome decisions by refusing to grant the defendant, partner of Gaydamak Pierre Falcone’s requests for release.

During the trial was said that to be involved in legal oil businesses in Angola via Glencore. (See also, Glencore’s involvement in Nordex with Grigory Luchanski, p.92).

Gaydamak said to Russian press that the case is of ” pure politics”. In the same interview, Gaydamak said he helped Lev Leviev alias Levaev to set up diamonds trading with Angola, having a company Africa Israel together with Levaev. In 2012, Gaydamak sued Leviev in London over unpaid commission for diamond businesses and lost the suite.

In 2018 brother and son of Levaev were reportedly arrested in Israel in the case of diamonds smuggling.  (See also mentions of Levaev in a Gennady Petrov’s conversation from Tambovskaya gang case and an Austrian Prosecution’s document on Leviev’s link to Mikhail Chernoy from Izmaylovskaya gang).

Taiwanchik (Alimzhan Toktakhunov) claimed in an interview that Gaydamak was his friend. Gaydamak resides in Moscow.

In 1972, Gaydamak emigrated to Israel and than to France from USSR on the so-called Jewish exit visa. See more on this type of emigration and suspicion of cooperation with KGB of the new immigrants also involved in organized crime, raised by Swiss Intelligence (2007) and an FBI report (90ths).