Hermitage Capital’s investigation into possible corruption at Gazrom, Eural Trans Gas and Rosukrenergo, 2005

Hermitage Capital investigation into corruption in Gazrom, EuralTransGaz and Rosukrenergo, 2005

Hermitage Capital Management told “The Moscow Times” on 16 June 2005 (as recalled here by Radio Free Europe) that Gazprom is losing out on $478 million in annual revenues from the RosUkrEnergo deal and that this money is going to unknown beneficiaries participating in RosUkrEnergo via Raiffeisen Investment.  At that time Hermitage Capital was minory shareholder of Gazprom.

As this Hermitage’s presentation shows, the figure comes from the official accounting of Gazprom itself, comparing what Gazprom could have had earned without giving monopoly of export to Ukraine to Eural Trans Gas and Rosukrenergo.

See also: official owners of RosUkrEnegro from Swiss business registry.

Austrian Parliamentary inquiry into Russian organized crime and Rosukrenegro, open part, sealed part (in German), 2007.

Austrian police’s report on Semyon Mogilevich mentioning his ties to Eural Trans Gas, Rosukrenergo and Dmitry Firtash (in German), 2005.


Rosukrenergo, Firtash, Chernoy, Bawag – parliamentary inquiry in Austria, 2007 (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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Lukoil’s link to mobster Zakhari Kalashov (Shakro)

Switzerland’s Prosecutor’s office rogatory letter to Spanish judge Fernando Andreu, 2005. Zakar Kalashov (nickname Shakro), linked to Solntsevskaya and Izmaylovskaya gangs, is said to be shareholder of a considerable part of Lukoil oil company.  Shakro was detained in Spain and later in Moscow whre his ties to high rank law enforcers were discovered.


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

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


Служба анализа и профилактики,
Федеральная служба полиции

Стратегический аналитический отчет


преступность и спецслужбы СНГ


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.

Giuliani Mogilevich MT

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


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

June 2007


  • 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


Arkady Buravoy and Gennady Petrov on Lev Levaev

A business partner of Gennady Petrov, defendant in the “Troika” Spanish criminal case (2008–2018) and in the Russian criminal case on the Malyshevskaya criminal organization (1993–1995), is speaking to his frontman and partner, Arkady Buravoy, on December 20, 2007. Buravoy: “Levaev, the one who extracts diamonds, buys any construction project, regardless of the price.” They plan a partnership with Levaev (also known as Leviev). In November 2018, two of Levaev’s relatives were reportedly arrested in Israel on suspicion of diamond smuggling.