More than 2 billion of the group “Domodedovo”, which owns all operating companies and real estate Adelaide airport, locked in the Cypriot branch of a Tanzanian Bank FBME, which US officials suspect of involvement in the laundering of funds.
On Tuesday the newspaper “Vedomosti” with reference to reports for the first half of this year.
Just FBME was blocked 2.25 billion rubles, said the analyst of Bank ING Egor Fedorov in an interview with the publication.
In “Domodedovo” it is said that the funds blocked created reserves to 346 million roubles. “On the one hand, the relatively small size of the reserve said that “Domodedovo” plans to return most of the money,” – said Fedorov.
At the same time, according to experts, the company will refer them to others neekosam assets, that is, they are not used for the calculation of indicators of liquidity and may be deducted from capital. This will affect the balance, but not to indicators of operating performance and the ability to borrow.
More than two years ago, the financial police of the U.S. Treasury (FinCEN) has accused FBME of money laundering. Now it plans to prohibit U.S. financial institutions to adopt its payment, and also to open or maintain correspondent accounts indicated in the materials Domodedovo.
FinCEN may allow other foreign banks conducting operations of FBME. The relevant prohibition was set in 2015, but in July 2014, the Bank of Cyprus has introduced in the local branch of FBME Bank (head office in Tanzania) temporary administration and has suspended its operations, and the main correspondent banks have frozen or shut down accounts branch.
In addition, in late 2012 the government of Cyprus FBME mentioned in connection with the investigation into the laundering of funds derived from Russia through local banks so-called group Klyuyev, which included senior officials of the interior Ministry and the FSB.
Klyuev’s group also featured in the “Magnitsky case” – the Russian lawyer who exposed the Scam at the conclusion of 5.4 billion rubles of the Russian officials and security forces, after which he became involved in the case, was arrested and soon died in prison.
FBME Bank was opened in 1982 in Lebanon, in 1986, I moved to the Cayman Islands, and in 1993 in Tanzania. He was very popular among Russian customers, but after the Cyprus Bank crisis 2013 it flowed more accounts, the newspaper reminds.
Tanzania is included in the black list of the on where the Russian tax authorities have brought countries which do not exchange with Russia, tax information, or do it badly.