Spain’s justice document. June, 2007.
“…Arron Banks had many meetings with Russian officials, including the Russian Ambassador, Alexander Yakovenko, between 2015 and 2017. The meetings involved discussions about business deals involving Alrosa, the Russian diamond monopoly, the purchase of gold mines, funded by Sberbank, the Russian-state bank, and the transferring of confidential documents to Russian officials. … Arron Banks is believed to have donated £8.4 million to the Leave campaign, the largest political donation in British politics, but it is unclear from where he obtained that amount of money.”
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.deribas transp
Deripaska welcomed the transfer of the case from Spain to Russia, done by the Spanish judge, Fernando Andreu.
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”.