Spanish report on Deripaska and Chernoy’s connection to organized crime and Russian political power (Es)

Deripaska Abramovich doc from Spain

Spanish law enforcers’ undated unsigned report on Oleg Deripaska’s ties to organised crime – Izmaylovskaya , mentioning also Alisher Usmanov and Roman Abramovich:

“Deripaska … was closely linked to transnational organized crime and this fact is widely recognized. For example, this is the case of the Russian citizen of Uzbek descent Alisher Usmanov, who would be investing Deripaska’ funds in the European market”.

Deripaska is currently making a special effort to dissociate himself entirely from the criminal circles with which he collaborated previously. And as indicated above, this is the case of Cherney and Izmailovskaya. To be exact, the main purpose of this attitude is to achieve a relevant role in the group of oligarchs closest to the Russian administration. For that he tries to play the same role as the oligarch Roman Abramovich who is attributed the role to manage the private economic interests of Vladimir Putin.

See full English translation.

See also Spanish criminal case №101 / 2007-D on Deripaska, transferred to Russia upon Russian Prosecutor General request.

 

Spanish report on Deripaska and Chernoy’s connection to organized crime and Russian political power

deripaska abrmovich organized crime doc from Spain

English translation of the Spanish law enforcers’ undated report on Oleg Deripaska’s ties to organised crime – Izmaylovskaya gang, mentioning also Alisher Usmanov and Roman Abramovich:

“Deripaska … was closely linked to transnational organized crime and this fact is widely recognized. For example, this is the case of the Russian citizen of Uzbek descent Alisher Usmanov, who would be investing Deripaska’ funds in the European market”.

Deripaska is currently making a special effort to dissociate himself entirely from the criminal circles with which he collaborated previously. And as indicated above, this is the case of Cherney and Izmailovskaya. To be exact, the main purpose of this attitude is to achieve a relevant role in the group of oligarchs closest to the Russian administration. For that he tries to play the same role as the oligarch Roman Abramovich who is attributed the role to manage the private economic interests of Vladimir Putin.

See also Spanish criminal case №101 / 2007-D on Deripaska, transferred to Russia upon Russian Prosecutor General request.

 

Sam Kislin’s letter to US Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovich

Letter to US Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovich, written on January 4, 2018 by the representative of the Opalcore Ltd. (Cyprus), and its sole beneficial shareholder, Trans Commodities New York, Inc.

Trans Commodities New York, Inc. (“TCNY”)  is controlled in its turn by Soviet emigré Sam Kislin (former partner of Chernoy brothers from Izmaylovo gang  and self proclamed partner of Donald Trump, Fred Trump and fund raiser for Rudy Giuliani). Kislin’s lawyer Jefferey C. Dannenberg is complaining to Yovanovich about the Ukrainian local court of Kramatorsk, which, without the knowledge of then Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, froze assets of $20,037,088.00 (USD), and post-maturity interest in the sum of $942,940.79 (USD). The reason is investigation into bonds issued in 2013 under the president Viktor Yanukovich.

Source: Slidstvo.Info.

Izmaylovo crime gang and Soviet immigration to New York, AP’s newswire 1999

FBI report: Top contributor to Giuliani, Schumer has mob ties
Associated Press Newswires
TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
Associated Press Writer
21 December 1999 22:17, 794 words, English,
(c) 1999. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

NEW YORK (AP) – A wealthy contributor to the political campaigns of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Sen. Charles Schumer is a suspected member of a Brooklyn-based Russian crime syndicate whose company has laundered millions of dollars, according to internal FBI documents.

Semyon (Sam) Kislin, 64, along with family members and businesses, gave $46,250 to Giuliani’s mayoral campaigns in 1993 and 1997 and $8,000 to Schumer’s 1998 U.S. Senate campaign.

Kislin, a commodities trader prominent in the Russian Jewish emigre communities of south Brooklyn, has denied any money laundering or other wrongdoing. He was vacationing in the Bahamas and could not be reached for comment.

His suspected involvement with organized crime was first reported Tuesday by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington D.C.

Kislin and his family have also donated to the re-election campaigns of President Bill Clinton and former Republican Sen. Alfonse D’Amato. In 1997, Kislin’s company, Trans Commodities, also gave $30,000 to the Liberal Party, which has backed Giuliani on each of his runs for mayor, and $7,700 to Jules Polonetsky, Giuliani’s running mate in 1997 and the current commissioner of Consumer Affairs.

Kislin also claims to have co-chaired a Giuliani for Senate fund-raiser at a Manhattan hotel on May 25 that raised $2.1 million for Giuliani’s political action committee. In 1996, he held a fund-raiser for Giuliani in a Brooklyn restaurant.

“I did a lot of fund raising for Giuliani,” Kislin said in an interview with the Center for Public Integrity. “He’s a good man, doing a good job for the city of New York.”

Kislin is also a board member of the city’s Economic Development Corporation, which is charged with protecting the city’s job and economic base.

Bruce Teitelbaum, who heads Giuliani’s exploratory Senate campaign, denied that Kislin was co-chair of the fund-raiser and added that Kislin has not given Giuliani’s exploratory committee any money. Teitelbaum said the campaign had been unaware of Kislin’s alleged ties to organized crime.

“Obviously, we didn’t know any of this,” said Teitelbaum. “He has not contributed to the (Senate) campaign, nor to the federal PAC. He has not contributed (to Giuliani) in over two-and-a-half years.”

At a press conference Tuesday, Giuliani said he knew Kislin and his wife, Ludmila, but was not aware of Kislin’s reputed mob ties.

“I’m not aware of any of the allegations,” said Giuliani. “They have not contributed to the federal (Senate) campaign…They have not raised any money (for me) since, I think, September 1997.”

The two likely candidates for the New York Senate seat are Giuliani and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

A spokeswoman for Schumer said the senator had also been unaware of Kislin’s ties.

“Our campaign policy was to do background checks on our donors,” said the spokeswoman, Cathie Levine. “Our research raised no red flags. If any of the allegations prove true, we will absolutely return the money.”

Kislin has been investigated by the FBI, but despite internal FBI reports alleging money laundering and mob ties, the agency has not pursued charges.

FBI spokesman Joe Valiquette refused to comment Tuesday.

But a 1994 FBI intelligence report obtained by The Associated Press claims Kislin is a “member or associate” of a Brighton Beach crime operation headed by Vyacheslav “Little Japanese” Ivankov.

Ivankov was given a 10-year prison sentence in 1997 for extortion and for a fraudulent marriage aimed at preventing his deportation.

Federal prosecutors said Ivankov was a “godfather” of Russian organized crime in the United States and abroad. Russian authorities said his criminal organization operated in the United States, Canada and Europe, as well as Russia.

In his interview with the Center for Public Integrity, Kislin said he does not know Ivankov and noted that though he has been investigated by the FBI, he has never been charged with a crime. He also denied that his company, Trans Commodities, had laundered money for Russian organized crime figures.

However, an FBI report says Trans Commodities “is known to have laundered millions of dollars from Russia to New York.”

The FBI and Interpol also claim that Trans Commodities co-sponsored a U.S. visa for Anton Malevskiy, the head of one of Russia’s top mafia families, the Izmaylovo gang. Malevskiy is also alleged to be a contract killer.

Further, Mikhail Chernoy, the company’s manager between 1988 and 1992, was involved in the takeover of the Russian aluminum industry through alleged embezzlement, money laundering and contract killing, according to the Russian national police.

See also: Izmaylovo gang, RICO complaint to the US district court mentioning Arnold Kislin. Deripaska vs Chernoy’s proceedings in UK, featuring Trans Commodities and Sam Kislin.

Rosukrenergo, Firtash, Chernoy, Bawag – parliamentary inquiry in Austria, 2007 (sealed part)

bawag-and-firtash-parlieamenary-inquiry-sealed-part

Transcript of the sealed part of the parliamentary inquiry in Austria, from July 4, 2007, dedicated to Russia mafia and money laundering in the country and possible involvement of Austrian financial institutions.

Continuation of the Rosukrenergo, Firtash, Chernoy, Bawag – parliamentary inquiry in Austria, 2007 (open part). German language.

Of interest:

English translation:

Page 56:

Deputy Werner Kogler (Greens): But something different has come. There are the representatives of Raiffeisen Investment together with legal representatives and representatives of the settler there: then, as we all knew later, it is about Firtash and Fursin. For their part, they flew to the US, to Washington, in February and so called reported there. That’s also very strange, as we can imagine here. – Do you have a perception that Raiffeisen Investment AG and the management have decided to fly to the US and report there to representatives of FBI, CIA? What do you know about it ?

Dr. Erich Zwettler: The only perception I have is that the representative of the FBI came to Vienna at some point and said that the whole story was finished because the Raiffeisen board of directors somehow met up with the people of Stuart Levey [US’ first Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence within the United States Department of the Treasury] and there is no more ground to any …

Original transcript:

Seite 56:

Abgeordneter Werner Kogler (Grüne) : Aber gekommen ist etwas anderes. Es sind nämlich die Vertreter von Raiffeisen Investment samt Rechtsvertreter und Vertreter des Treugebers dort : da geht es dann, wie wir später alle gewusst haben, um Firtash und Fursin. Die sind ihrerseits in die USA geflogen, nach Washington, im Februar und haben dort sozusagen berichtet. Das hat sich auch sehr seltsam zugefragen, wie wir uns hier jedoch vorstellen können. – Haben sie dazu eine Wahrnehmung, dass die Raiffeisen Investment AG und das Management sich entschlossen haben, in die USA zu fliegen und dort vor Vertretern FBI, CIA Bericht abzulegen ? Was wissen Sie darüber ?

Mag. Erich Zwettler : Die einzige Wahrnehmung die ich dazu habe ist, dass der Vertreter des FBI in Wien irgendwann einmal gekommen ist und gesagt hat, die ganze Geschichte hat sich erledigt, weil der Vorstand von Raiffeisen sich irgendwie mit den Leuten des Stuart Levey getroffen hat, und es gibt keinen weiteren Grund mehr zu irgendwie…

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Rosukrenergo, Firtash, Chernoy, Bawag – parliamentary inquiry in Austria, 2007 (open part)

Firtash parliamentary hearings in Austria

Сommittee of inquiry concerning  Financial Market Authority, BAWAG, Hypo Alpe-Adria and other financial service providers – incl. Raiffeisenbank work on behalf of Dmitry Firtash and Ivan Fursin.

Raiffeisenbank representatives claimed that they did compliance check with the due dilligence company Kroll which found that Firtash made his carrier not only as Semyon Mogilevich’s man, there were various factors (p. 95):

Deputy Mag. Werner Kogler (Greens): The content of this [Kroll] report what is it? With which main arguments at most also proof these were rather
public concerns about Firtash, possibly Fursin – there I am
not so well informed, but at least Firtash – refuted in the Kroll report?
Dr. Wolfgang Putschek (Raiffeisen): That was not the main argument, there was a series of facts that have just proven the history,shed light on the rise of Mr. Firtash, on how he came to his fortune, how his business has developed as he himself has come into the gas business, where he credibly have acquired the know-how to play a significant role in such a big transaction, and at the end of the report it culminated in a statement that there are no concerns about doing business with him and no connections to the mentioned Mr. Mogilevich.

Russian mafia case in Spain: conviction for tax evasion of the defendant Salikov

sentence-salikov_recognized

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.

Сomplaint – kazakh entrepreneur against Makhmudov, Izmaylovo gang – intimidation

Akhmetov complaint against Izmaylovo Makhmudov Chernoy

(English below)

Начальнику УВД Мангыстауской области Приходько Н.И. от Ахметова Жараса Амангельдиновича, Директора ТОО “Актал Лтд”, проживающего в городе Актау, тел…

Ко мне, Ахметову Ж.А., в точение ноября месяца текущего года неоднократно с угрозами личной расправы обращались по телефону граждане Российской Федерации Махмудов Искандер и Кадыров Одыл.

Махмудов Искандер и Кадыров Одыл известны как представители полукриминального бизнеса, являются ближайшими сотрудниками небезызвестного Михаила Черного и тесно сотрудничают с Измайловской организованной преступной группировкой и одним из ее лидеров Антоном Малевским.

Сродства массовой информации России связывают с этими людьми заказные убийства Феликса Львова, Вадима Яфясова, Олега Кантора.

Группа Михаила Черного и Искандера Махмудова известна своими скандальными полукриминальными захватами ряда предприятий и России.. В свое время ими уже предпринимались попытки внедрения в Казахстан. В средствах массовой информации России указывалось на их связь с бывшим премьер – министром А.М. Кзжегельдиным. Однако их прошлые попытки не увенчались успехом.

Искандер Махмудов в настоящее время – генеральный директор Уральской горно-металлургической компании и отвечает за захват предприятий Уральского региона, используя незаконные методы.
Одыл Кадыров отвечает за связи между Измайловской ОПГ и казахстанскими организованными преступными группировками.

Группой английских и американских компаний подан иск в окружной суд г. Нью – Йорк к группе Михаилл Черного за использование незаконных методов конкуренции и завладения рядом предприятий в России, в том числе путем угрозы
личной физичоскои расправы.

Мое заявление прошу рассматривать не только как личное обращение, но и как обращение инвесторов, а том числе гражданина Израиля Джосефа Траума, вложившего в развитие нашего производства более 6 млн. долларов США, проявляющих обеспокоенность возможностью криминализации бизнеса в Казахстане, что безусловно скажется на международном авторитете нашей Республики. В частности г-н Траум планирет обратиться в правоохранительные органы Израиля с
просьбой обеспечения уголовного преследования возможных заказчиков противоправных действий в отношении меня.

4.01.2001 (Подпись)

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“To the Head of the Department of Internal Affairs of the Mangystau region Prikhodko N.I. from Akhmetov Zharas Amangeldinovich, President of Aktal Ltd LLP, living in Aktau

Me, Mr. Zh.A. Akhmetov, during the course of November of the current year, was repeatedly contacted by the citizens of the Russian Federation Makhmudov Iskander and Kadyrov Odyl with threats of personal reprisals.

Makhmudov Iskander and Kadyrov Odil are known as representatives of the semi-criminal business, are the closest employees of the notorious Mikhail Chernoy, and work closely with the Izmailovo organized crime group and one of its leaders, Anton Malevsky.

The Russian media of Russia link these people with the assassinations of Felix Lvov, Vadim Yafyasov. Oleg Kantor.

The group of Mikhail Chernoy and Iskander Makhmudov is known for its scandalous semi-criminal seizures of a number of enterprises and Russia. Once they had already attempted to introduce them into Kazakhstan. The media in Russia pointed out their connection with the former Prime Minister A.M. Kzgegeldin. However, their past attempts have not succeeded.

Iskander Makhmudov is currently the CEO of the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company and is responsible for seizing the enterprises of the Ural region using illegal methods. Odyl Kadyrov is responsible for connections between the Izmailovo organized criminal group and Kazakhstani organized criminal groups.

A group of British and American companies filed a lawsuit in the New York District Court against the group of Mikhail Chernoy for using illegal methods of competition and taking possession of a number of enterprises in Russia, including by threatpersonal physical violence.

I ask you to consider my application not only as a personal appeal, but also as an appeal by investors, including Israeli citizen Joseph Traum, who invested more than 6 million US dollars in the development of our production, who are concerned about the possibility of criminalizing business in Kazakhstan, which will certainly affect the image of our republic internationally. In particular, Mr. Traum plan to contact the Israeli law enforcement authorities with a request to ensure the prosecution of potential hiring party of the illegal actions commited against me….”

January 4, 2001 (Signature)

Source: Izmaylovo (“Izmaylovskaya”, “Ismajlovskaja” in German transcription) gang case in Stuttgart, 2011.