Through the largest British banks are almost 740 million dollars. from funds laundered by Russian cyber criminals with ties to the government and the FSB as part of a major international scheme under the code name “global Laundry” (“The Global Laundromat”), The Guardian reports, citing data from the international organization of investigative journalists (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project – OCCRP) Novaya Gazeta and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
In particular, it is noted that in the field of view of the judiciary were 17 the British-based banks, including HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and Barclays. Now they all have to explain what they knew about this criminal scheme and why are they not reject suspicious money transfers.
According to documents leaked to the Guardian has, not less than 20 billion dollars. was transferred from Russia in the four-year period between 2010 and 2014, but the actual amount could reach $ 80 billion.
It is assumed that the money was derived in Moldova, then – in Latvia and then in other EU countries, including the UK.
The investigation believes that the scheme involved about 500 people, including the oligarchs, Moscow bankers and individuals with ties to the Federal security service of the Russian Federation.
“Igor Putin, a cousin of the President of Russia, Vladimir, was on the Board of one of Moscow banks that had accounts involved in the fraud,” – emphasizes the publication.
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It is noted that the process of identifying rich and politically influential Russians who are behind this operation are currently ongoing.
Notably, the data referenced in the publication, received within the three-year investigation conducted by the police of Latvia and Moldova. They were provided by the sources, who requested anonymity.
In General, the documents contain information on about 70 thousand of banking transactions, including 1 920 operations that passed through UK banks and 373 through US banks.
It was noted earlier that the largest British banks until 2017 can come out of the UK in respect of concerns in relation to the consequences of Brexit.
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