A Spanish judge has issued warrants for Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, a group of top government officials linked with the Tambovskaya Mafia of St Petersburg. The officials include Vladislav Reznik, Nikolai Aulov, Dmitry Kozak, Viktor Zubkov, Anatoly Serdyukov, Igor Sobolevsky, and Leonid Reiman. Reiman has been a regular visitor to Latvia for years because he banks in Latvia. His business rival Leonid Rozhetskin was assassinated in Jurmala in 2008.
Gennady Petrov, a top figure in Tambovskaya, was arrested in Spain in 2008 however later was allowed to visit Russia. He is still in Russia living free today. Spain also issued a warrant for his billionaire friend Mikhael Chernoy however Chernoy is protected by the Israeli government.
We at LawlessLatvia are extremely happy that a government in the West has taken action against Putin’s oligarchs. Hurray for Spain!
The United States has issued warrants in the past for Putin’s associates Semyon Mogilevich and Dmitry Firtash. However Mogilevich is protected by the Russian government and Firtash is protected by the Austrian government.
Shame on the United Kingdom for hosting some of Putin’s oligarchs for 20 years without issuing warrants for them. The UK seems to have a strategy of protecting oligarchs because of a perceived belief that the UK benefits from allowing oligarchs to spend stolen money in the UK.
Perhaps the new Spanish warrants will cause people to think of the banks in Latvia and Lithuania which are linked to Putin. Parex Bank of Latvia was identified by the media long ago for being linked to Tambovskaya. And, Ukio Bank of Lithuania was recently identified in the Panama Papers for transferring massive corrupt payments to Putin’s apparent nominee.
Many assets of Parex Bank disappeared in 2008. Latvia nationalized the bank and partly re-privatized it to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in a deal that was confirmed fraudulent when Latvia reversed the privatization five years later because of a secret guarantee. Meanwhile, Parex oligarch Valery Kargin moved to Russia.
Many assets of Ukio Bank disappeared in 2013 and again the EBRD organized mysterious deals at public expense to hide the truth from the public. Meanwhile, Ukio oligarch Vladimir Romanov also moved to Russia.
Officials in Europe and the United States refuse to investigate clear fraud evidence provided by whistleblowers in both cases, apparently to protect the EBRD. And, the Media continues to produce false articles blaming the collapse of Parex and Ukio on the Global Financial Crisis rather than internal fraud and embezzlement, while praising the EBRD for rescuing Latvia and Lithuania.
Hopefully the Spanish warrants will wake up some Western officials to the fact that the disappearance of Parex and Ukio assets was not caused by the Global Financial Crisis and the EBRD is using Western taxpayer money to cover-up for Putin’s money launderers.