With these funds, those involved would have bought real estate and luxury, in addition to other investments in the European Union. According to the OCCRP investigations, Russian illegal money would have flown to more than 5,000 companies in about a hundred countries. German investigators have confiscated four buildings in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Mühldorf and May 2019 calendar Editable. In addition, they have confiscated 6.7 million euros in two real estate companies and another 1.2 million euros in a Latvian bank account. Already last September, Thomas Borgen, executive director of Danske Bank, submitted his resignation for the Russian money laundering scandal at his Estonian subsidiary, which included money flows from relatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is estimated that the Danish bank helped process payments worth 150,000 million euros.
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Giant money laundering operations involving major British banks were also uncovered and some € 750 million were prosecuted, which according to the British press came from Russian criminals with links to the government of Vladimir Putin and the FSB. intelligence services. HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds, Barclays and Coutts are among the 17 entities based in the United Kingdom questioned about these international maneuvers. Several documents to which the Guardian had access showed the apparent exit of Russia of at least 20,000 million dollars between 2010 and 2014. According to the researchers, the real figure could reach 80,000 million dollars.
The origin of money from Russia is “clearly stolen or of criminal origin.” It is estimated that there are at least 500 people involved. Among them oligarchs, Moscow bankers and employees or people linked to the FSB, the spy agency that succeeded the KGB. Igor Putin, a cousin of Russian President Vladimir, was on the board of directors of a Moscow bank involved in the fraud. Bank records were obtained thanks to the Organized Crime and Corruption Research Network (OCCRP) and the Russian newspaper Nóvaya May 2019 calendar Editable. They in turn received them from sources that prefer to remain anonymous. In those documents there are details of some 70,000 banking transactions, of which 1,920 transactions were carried out by British banks and 373 by Americans. Following these clues, researchers have come to the real estate in Germany that had served as a safe investment shelter for money laundered.