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Media: Putin’s relatives and FSB laundered money through the largest Danish bank

The Danish newspaper Berlingske reported that Vladimir Putin’s cousin and FSB officers were trying to launder money through the country’s largest bank, Danske Bank.

This became known thanks to a report compiled by one of the bank’s employees and directed to management in December 2013. He also received the publication of The Guardian and the ” Project to Investigate Corruption and Organized Crime .”

Photo by Andras Krall, Äripäev
Photo by Andras Krall, Äripäev

In 2013, Danske Bank employees learned that one of the companies that opened an account with the bank filed false information with the registration office of the United Kingdom. It turned out that this is the company Lantana Trade LLP, which was registered for offshore companies in the Seychelles and Marshall Islands. She informed the regulator of the inactive status and the complete absence of financial turnover.

Employees of Danske Bank noticed that the company had an account with the bank for 11 months, it made daily transactions for millions of euros and made large deposits. With regard to the company and another 20 organizations, which often transferred large sums to each other through the Estonian branch of Danske Bank, opened an investigation.

The document also says that the owners of the companies were connected with several Russian banks that closed after “the authorities found out that large amounts of money were passing through these banks.” Among these banks, Promsberbank, located near Moscow, was found to have revoked the license in 2015. One of the members of the board of the bank was Vladimir Putin’s cousin Igor Putin, said The Guardian.

As follows from the materials of the case, it is about the amount of 2.2 billion dollars to 3.3 billion. According to The Guardian, a day, allegedly, laundered up to 10 million dollars.

Earlier Bloomberg referring to the Central Bank wrote that “Promsberbank” was involved in a major scheme of money laundering. The bank provided “transfer” of more than $ 10 billion from Russia through “mirror transactions” – shares of large companies bought on the Russian market for rubles and sold for currency abroad. Sources of the agency, familiar with the case, claimed that the beneficiaries of this scheme were people from Putin’s entourage , including Rothenberg.

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