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).

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

BND-Bericht Liechtenstein_recognized

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).

Accusation act in the criminal case number 534530 from 1994 in Sant-Petersburg against the Tambov-Malyshev gang – Petrov, Malyshev, Kuzmin

petrov malyshev accusation 1994

Accusation act in the criminal case number 534530 from 1994 in Sant-Petersburg against the Tambov-Malyshev gang of creating organized crime community , extortion, gathering slush funds and their laundering in Europe. Main defendants: Gennady Petrov, Sergey Kuzmin, Alexander Malyshev. Cash, arms, including pistols and an arbalest to shot on “alive victims” were seized by the investigators in different locations. Cash in plastic bags was seized  at Petrodin’s company.

The arrested as a member of the gang Valery Ob’edkov was a policeman and used government-issued weapon during raid attacks, according to this accusation act.

See also cover page of this 22 volumes case with full list of defendants and criminal code’s articles.

In 1995, it led to almost full acquittal in trial  amid testimonies of corruption of the court. In the court, victims of extortion said they were wrong identifying their kidnappers. 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. Gennadi Petrov, failed to show at the Sanish court himself, was called honest businessman with revenues from Petrodin company and the Bank Rossiya in the sentence. For more details see Spanish Troika case’s sentence (aquittal).

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.