FSB and organized crime’s connection, Swiss Intel’s analytical report (Russian translation)

See copy of original document in German here, English Translation here.

 

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Rudi Giuliani’s donor linked to organized crime

Article by Moscow Times published on December 23, 1999, entitled “Giuliani Donor linked to Russian Mob”.

Was taken down from the web in January 2019 and later restored. Available also on web archive (April 2018).

Article by Moscow Times published on December 23, 1999, entitled “Giuliani Donor linked to Russian Mob”.

It was taken down from the web in January 2019 and later restored. Also available on web archive (April 2018).

A Russian emigré in New York who has lined up campaign funding for New York Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, and given campaign donations to leading U.S. politicians, has suspected links to organized crime, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Together with his family and various businesses, Semyon “Sam” Kislin, 64, sank $46,250 into Giuliani’s 1993 and 1997 mayoral campaigns. He also helped organize key fundraising events for the New York mayor.

The Kislins or their businesses have also donated thousands of dollars to the election campaigns of President Bill Clinton, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer and former Republican Senator Alfonse D’Amato, and to the National Republican Congressional Committee, AP reported Wednesday.

Kislin is a member of New York City’s Economic Development Board. He is also a commodities trader with his own company – Trans Commodities Inc. – and a prominent figure in the Russian-Jewish emigré community in Brooklyn.

“I did a lot of fund-raising for Giuliani,” Kislin was quoted as saying by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington, D.C., which interviewed him as part of its own investigation. “He’s a good man, doing a good job for the city of New York.”

But a 1994 FBI intelligence report claims Kislin is a “member or associate” of a Brighton Beach crime operation headed by Vyacheslav “the Yaponchik” Ivankov. The Yaponchik got 10 years in prison in 1997 for extortion and for a marriage deemed fraudulent and aimed only at preventing his deportation.

The Center, citing the 1994 internal FBI report, also reported that Trans Commodities – along with Blonde Management Corp., a Manhattan-based company run by Kislin’s nephew Arik – co-sponsored a visa for one Anton Malevsky, a man the report alleged to have been a Russian hit man for Moscow’s Izmailovo crime gang.

And a 1996 Interpol report obtained by the Center for Public Integrity claims that Trans Commodities Inc. was used by Lev and Mikhail Chernoi, two Uzbek-born brothers who have taken over much of Russia’s metals business, for fraud and embezzlement. The Chernoi brothers have been accused by some Russian media of involvement in organized crime. They have never been convicted of a crime.

According to the Center for Public Integrity, Kislin said he hired Mikhail Chernoi to manage Trans Commodities Inc. from 1988 to 1992. “Mikhail Chernoi is the best man I ever knew,” Kislin told the Center, in remarks quoted as part of an investigative report posted on the Internet at www.publicintegrity.org.

The Center’s exhaustive report documented other questionable campaign contributions – among them $2,000 from the Kislins in 1995 to the Clinton-Gore campaign, and $2,750 in 1996 and 1997 contributions from the president of YBM Magnex to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

U.S. authorities say YBM Magnex was a money-laundering vehicle for Semyon Mogilevich, a Hungarian-based figure alleged to be an organized-crime boss.

The Center says it has been investigating how billions of dollars of money whisked out of Russia may have ended up in U.S. safe havens – and also, how “political campaigns … end up with equally questionable contributions as suspected Russian organized crime figures seek to move into the U.S. political mainstream.

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The connection between the FSB and organized crime: Swiss Intelligence’s analytical report (English translation)

See a copy of the original document in German here.

Service for Analysis and Prevention

The Swiss Federal Office of Police

Strategic Analysis Report

[Confidential]

Organised Crime and the Special Services of the Commonwealth of Independent States

June 2007

Contents

  • Key points
  • Organised Crime and the Special Services of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS):
  1. The historical relations between security services and criminal structures
  2. Criminal groups today
  3. Special services today: the FSB-isation of the country?
  4. The relations between organised crime groups and the security services
  5. The situation in Switzerland
  6. Counter-measures

Key points

The Federal Law on Internal Security Protection Measures (BWIS) mandates the Service for Analysis and Prevention (DAP) to develop measures to promptly discern and prevent the threats of illicit operations by foreign intelligence agencies (Item 3 of Article 2).

Over the past few years, DAP has been receiving a growing number of indications that members of organised crime groups from CIS countries maintain liaisons with the intelligence services of their countries. German Intelligence even mentions a “symbiosis” between organised crime and secret services.

Since Vladimir Putin’s entry to power, the Russian security services, especially the Federal Security Service (FSB), have been significantly reinforced.

Considering Russia’s economic growth and the expansion of the country’s influence in the sphere of energy, it is necessary to examine the role of security services and organised crime within that sphere. It must also be established whether they still preserve their connections, how those connections are made, and how they function in the Swiss territory….

FSB and OC Swiss intel report

 

Arnold Tamm, Mogilevich, Mikhas, Gafur – Solntsevskaya, Spain

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Spanish Interior’s report from January 22, 2018 on the phone’s content of the detained of Arnold Tamm (Spivakovsky), a crime lord of Solntsevskaya gang also known as Arnosha. A photo of Sergey Mikhailov (Mikhas), Gafur Rakhimov (Gafur) and of Semen Mogilevich was found.

Arnold Spivakovsky (formerly Tamm; took his former wife’s last name) was arrested in Spain in September 2017 along with Oleg Kuznetsov, Sergey Dozhdev, Alexander Grinberg, and other defendants under suspicion of tax evasion, money laundering, and involvement in the activities of the Solntsevskaya organized crime group. The court arrested a total of 11 individuals. In the Civil Guard’s pretrial investigation report, Arnold Tamm is listed as the third most important member of the Solntsevskaya gang after Sergei Mikhailov (‘Mikhas’) and Viktor Averin (‘Avera’). In February 2018, Spivakovsky was released on a bail of 750,000 euros for the time of hearing on the merits and died, aged 51, the next year in Spain (no criminal reasons of the death are known). See “on the death of Tamm”.

The Spanish investigators’ attention was focused on two commercial organizations registered in Mijas, Malaga. The name of one of them, Agua de Mijas, interestingly coincided with the crime lord’s name — “Water of Mikhas”. Later, it was renamed to Agua Sierra de Mijas («Water of Mount Mikhas»). The word play is based on the name of the town and a mountain in Spain. The second company under investigation is Arrendamientos de maquinaria industrial Mardoz SL («Mardoz Industrial Machinery Rental»). The first company was managed by Sergey Dozhdev and his spouse, with Oleg Kuznetsov and Ekaterina Kadina listed as partners. The second company had Sergey Dozhdev, Ekaterina Kadina, and Valery Kulibaba as equity holders. 

Sergey Dozhev  Sergey Dozhdev says in his last statement (as per the court records):  «The real Russian mafia is those who rule the world. In particular, it includes Igor Sechin, a man who took over Sistema through Bashneft and MTS using his offshore companies. The Rotenberg brothers, who control the Platon Company, are in the mafia too. 75 percent of Platon belongs to offshore companies, which the Rotenbergs use to siphon off money to Europe. Arnold Tamm used to co-own Sistema. However, he had a disagreement with the Rotenberg brothers, and Herman Gref ceased the refinancing of loans through his son Arkady. The company incurred artificial liabilities, and Sechin bought it at a low price through offshore companies.»

The connection between the FSB and organized crime: Swiss Intelligence’s analytical report

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Swiss Intelligence report on cooperation between organized crime and the FSB, June 2007. Swiss authors say that German intelligence verifies the existence of “symbiosis” between Russian organized crime and intelligence, but the Swiss can see only cooperation between them on a case-to-case basis. German language.

Names mentioned: Mogilevich, Luchansky, Birshtein, Kantor.

Entities: Seabeco group.

See English translation here.

See Russian translation here.

Source: Jürgen Roth’s archive. Low-quality copy.

See also Chapter 4 of the report titled “Beziehungen zwischen OK und ND” — “Relationship between criminality and the intelligence services” in readable German.