The Guardian: the Bank of Queen Elizabeth II participated in the laundering of billions from Russia for “Moldovan scheme”
The inference engine from Russia billion rubles, “the Moldovan scheme” were involved in 17 British banks, including such giants of the financial sector as HSBC, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds, Barclays Bank and Coutts, which is used by the Royal family, including Elizabeth II.
According to the British newspaper The Guardian, in the period from 2010 to 2014 were withdrawn from Russia at least $ 20 billion. The share of British banks that were involved in the criminal scheme, had 738 million dollars “laundered” money.
– Informed the interlocutor of the edition explained that the money derived from Russia, “was obviously either stolen or obtained by criminal means”. Currently, investigators are trying to establish the identity of the “rich and politically influential” Russians who were behind this scheme, already dubbed “global Laundry”.
According to British police, all in the criminal scheme could involve up to 500 people, among whom were the oligarchs, Moscow bankers and people either working for the FSB or directly related to the power structure.
“Global Laundry” – the largest in the history of Eastern Europe criminal scheme to launder money, which included nominees of the British company, Russian bankers and courts in Moldova. The scheme has been used by Russian criminals to launder about $ 20 billion, emphasizes the publication.
The Russians transferred their funds in British banks, and then the money went to offshore. However, some of the money was spent in the UK on luxury goods: diamonds, furs, watches, private rock concerts. “Global Laundry” is also used to pay tuition at prestigious schools of England. As emphasized in the UK, this criminal scheme operated until the end of 2015.
In the investigation of the mechanism of the withdrawal from Russia of almost 700 billion rubles, “the Moldovan scheme” participated in the Center for the study of corruption and organized crime (OCCRP), the Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, “Novaya Gazeta” and others. Earlier, on 20 March, they named several of the alleged beneficiaries of the laundering record for Eastern Europe amount.
Although the main affected countries in this history has been and remains Russia, at the level of law-enforcement bodies of the Russian Federation investigation of this large-scale scheme is quite weak. Moreover, last week the Moldovan authorities accused the Russian special services in conscious opposition to the investigation of this case and the pressure on the Moldovan officials.
In this case the Moldovan leadership communicates this behavior of the Russian intelligence services, not with the policy of the Kremlin, and with the desire of some representatives of the FSB to prevent the investigation of the laundering of 20 billion dollars.
It is alleged that some of the money derived by the “Moldavian scheme”, received the company connected with Alexey Krapivin. The businessman was one of the largest contractors of Russian Railways. The offshore entrepreneur received nearly 8.4 billion rubles.
Less than 1 billion rubles received on account of companies connected with the owner of the group “LANIT” George Gens. Another offshore Manager of the bills which was the co-owner of IT-holding “marvel” Sergey Gurdin received 2.9 billion rubles.