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German authorities conduct raids in cash laundering probe – world information


German authorities raided an import-export firm and the house of a businessman within the state of Brandenburg on Tuesday on suspicion he was concerned in a scheme to launder hundreds of thousands of euros ({dollars}) for Russian criminals, prosecutors stated.

The suspect is accused of receiving some 7 million euros ($8.three million) in illegally obtained cash, laundering it in Germany after which transferring it to offshore accounts for “people from Russia,” the Frankfurt prosecutors workplace stated.

The suspect, whose title wasn’t launched, is alleged to have been a part of the so-called “Troika Laundromat” – a cash laundering community linked to the previous Russian funding financial institution Troika Dialog, which is alleged to have maintained a community of offshore corporations with accounts in Baltic banks, prosecutors stated in a press launch.

Federal German police have been investigating the community for the reason that starting of 2019, prosecutors stated.

Authorities gave no additional particulars on the investigation or the suspect, and prosecutors’ spokeswoman Nadja Niesen stated she couldn’t remark past the discharge.

German authorities have been cracking down on Russian cash laundering schemes, and final yr seized properties value greater than 40 million euros ($47 million) they alleged have been bought via one other community, referred to as the Russian Laundromat.

That scheme, they stated on the time, concerned transferring some $22 billion from Russia into Europe via banks in Moldova and Latvia utilizing fictitious corporations.

A lot of what’s publicly identified of the laundromat operations comes from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Challenge, whose journalists have been additionally concerned within the Panama Papers revelations, reporting how paperwork from a Panamanian legislation agency confirmed a whole lot of wealthy and highly effective folks registered corporations in tax havens.

The OCCRP, citing paperwork obtained by it and the Lithuanian information web site 15min.lt, has reported that the primary objective of the Troika Laundromat was to channel billions of {dollars} out of Russia, permitting Russian oligarchs and politicians to secretly purchase shares in state-owned corporations, purchase property in Russia and overseas and extra.

The Troika was made up of at the very least 75 corporations in a fancy monetary internet, which functioned from 2006 to early 2013, the OCCRP reported final yr.

The Kremlin has dismissed the OCCRP studies as being unfaithful or distorted, and “nothing notably novel.”

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