Perepilichnyy Linked To World’s Largest Cash Scandals
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After Alexander Perepilichnyy’s death on the run outside of London, US intelligence realized that he was either “killed at the behest of” Russian President Vladimir Putin or “people close to him.” Perepilichnyy exposed the Magnitsky fraud, a $ 230 million crackdown on Russian government officials over the past two years, which has become increasingly common in US-Russia alliances and has led to persecution of Russian officials.
Mr. Perepilichnyy became aware of the fraud because he had corrected it, and helped save money from Swiss banks. He has worked with all sorts of suspicious clients, from the mastermind of Magnitsky’s fraud to the Syrian fundraiser Assad, who has used medical equipment for civilians. And even after Perepilichnyy’s death in 2012, the company he founded, Financial Bridge, would still be one of the worst in history.
In the so-called glass business, money launderers are moving at least $ 10 billion over four years through some of the world’s most famous banks. At the time there were at least three internal announcements at Deutsche Bank’s Financial Bridge – as well as more than 100 on glass sales. But Deutsche did not stop the flow of illegal money.
An internal report on how Deutsche continues to move black money and continue to pay for it – revealed today in FinCEN Files, a study between BuzzFeed News and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – reveals new developments in some of the biggest financial cases in history.
But it also sheds light on how illegal money is being dumped in former Soviet states and coming to many banks. Perepilichnyy and Financial Bridge are good examples.
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After Perepilichnyy transformed himself into a whistleblower, the Financial Bridge did not end – instead found a new life in a terrorist world. In October 2012 – a month before Perepilichnyy’s death – he was abducted by two unknown companies.
Shortly afterwards the Financial Bridge informed another banking account holder, Danske Bank, that it had two new “owners”, records that L’Espresso and ICIJ show.
One was security adviser Igor Marakin. US officials have linked a company that is leading the Russian mafia.
Financial Bridge was an important part of the commercial destruction of glass. The embezzlement group is moving illegal money to terrorists and the economy, according to a US government secret report.
If the banks had acted more aggressively after Perepilichnyy’s death, they would have been able to focus on the financial situation of the Bridge Bridge and perhaps have stopped one of the biggest economic crises a decade earlier.
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Deutsche Bank headquarters in London
The plot was unveiled four years later in 2016, and the following year US and UK officials paid Deutsche Bank $ 630 million for their work. The sale of glasses is legal, but can be used for illegal activities such as money laundering.
A Deutsche spokesman said the glass shop “was a crime for the public,” and said US and European officials thanked the bank for being “cooperative” in their investigations. Since the fraud, the bank has been “very committed” to extort money, the spokesman said.
Danske Bank declined to comment on the Financial Bridge, but acknowledged its $ 200 billion euro bankruptcy. “We were late in realizing the magnitude of the crisis and closing it down,” Philippe Vollot, their next chief executive, said in a statement.
Marakin’s role in the large glass company is kept secret, which was published by experts at the US Treasure department’s Financial Crimes Enforcing Network and shared with BuzzFeed News and ICIJ.
The report, titled “Law Engency Sensitive,” warned that networks “pose a threat to global security markets for money laundering.” Using a combination of banking data and other intelligence, it described how the networks were said to be trading billions of dollars, some instead of “illegal traders.”
At the center of the process, according to reports, there were four Russians using several banks and brokers to transfer “billions of dollars a year” at a rate of up to 5%. ” According to reports, he used Russian rubles to buy shares in large companies, then moved the shares to Europe and sold dollars, euros, or pounds – allowing them to exchange large amounts of money without supervision.
Two of the four Russians, Alexei Kulikov and Oleg Belousov, had money in Promsberbank, where President Putin Igor’s cousin was director. Millions of dollars were stolen from the bank. Bankruptcy records from Promsberbank show that money was invested in glassware companies.
Kulikov was arrested for his role in the Promsberbank robbery. Belousov’s whereabouts are unknown. He did not respond to a request for comment.
Another key figure in the conspiracy, Andrei Babenko, a Russian economist, is now in Israel where he has worked in cryptocurrency companies. A fourth, Andrey Gorbatov, is in Moscow, according to his LinkedIn profile. Both Babenko and Gorbatov refused to participate in the network interview with BuzzFeed News.
Marakin was the director or owner of at least three companies in the glass industry, including one that sent money to a company run by Lazar Shaybazian, who was banned from the US economy in 2012 for working with Vladislav “Blonde” Leontyev, described by US officials as a group. violence in Russia and a drug dealer.
The government has announced that Shaybazian and Leontyev belong to the so-called “Brothers’ Circle, a group of Eurasian terrorists linked to drugs, human trafficking, and violence around the world.
Shaybazian did not respond to a request for comment. Leontyev said he had been mistreated by US sanctions and did not know Shaybazian.
All of this took place in secret when another story was played out in public: Did Perepilichnyy be killed and, if so, was the killing linked to his confession of Russian money?
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Bill Browder helped Alexander Perepilichnyy expose Magnitsky’s fraud, before Perepilichnyy’s death.
In 2017, a BuzzFeed News survey showed that the intelligence team in America “had great confidence” that Perepilichnyy was assassinated by Russian-linked agents.
A coroner’s investigation, which has been going on for years with the UK government asking them to keep the details of his death, concluded that Perepilichnyy “probably” died naturally but it is impossible to deny that he was killed.
The case was overshadowed by the temporary disclosure of the investigation into the police death of Perepilichnyy. Police have admitted that they have lost much of their financial security. Lawyers argued in the study that the drives could re-examine Perepilichnyy’s danger.
Earlier this year, during a UK government’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the country, officials testified in Parliament that several years had passed, including Perepilichnyy’s death. But the evidence was not concealed from the public for security reasons.
Igor Marakin did not respond to a request for comment. Pictures on the internet show her going to classes and learning to fly. ●