Sentence, Troika criminal case, Spain

2018-10-18 sentencia operación Troika

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”.

Skigin, Traber, Vasiliev — Monaco’s police file on Sotrama S.A.M

skigin traber vasiliev monaco

Monaco’s police file on the Monégasque company, Sotrama S.A.M. (now CINPIT S.A.M), 2005, in French: summary of suspicions of money laundering by its de-facto managers, Ilia (Ilya) Traber, Sergey Vasiliev, Dimitrios (Dimitry) Skigin (deceased), and Eduard Skigin. The company’s suspected links with organized crime. The official manager is Michele Tecchia and his company is Caravel Establishment, Liechtenstein. Previous managers are known.

Preliminary investigation started as a result of request from Moscow. An outgoing request was sent to Rome. Measures taken: Ilias (Ilya) Traber is banned from entering Monaco.

Traber is referenced as the leader of companies dedicated to oil trading, located in St. Petersburg (PETERSBURG OIL TERMINAL and FINANCIAL INDUSTRIAL HOLDING OBIP), in Vaduz (UNITED JET SERVICE LTD), but also in Nice (SARL HORIZON) and Monaco (SAM SOTRAMA).

In the context of the investigations, certain data from French intelligence on Gennady Timchenko (Timtchenko) was obtained by the Monegasque police for Sotrama’s file. It is not clear what kind of data it was.