Spain issues Warrants

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.

article:  http://world.einnews.com/article/324398432/-iYLdPMrOfopZvI8

Karin Dawisha’s “Putin’s Kleptocracy” links Putin to Parex

Russia scholar Karin Dawisha recently published “Putin’s Kleptocracy.”  It is an excellent book, detailing Vladimir Putin’s ascent from the KGB to the St Petersburg Mafia to the Russian Presidency.  Dawisha links Putin with certain organized crime bosses in St Petersburg who are linked with Parex Bank.  This might cause problems for Latvian officials (general prosecutor, central bank governor, and others) who are fighting to protect Parex because the FBI (as revealed yesterday by the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal) is probing Putin’s money laundering activities.

http://gangstersinc.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-russian-mafia-in-spain

Now in November 2014, Parex Bank successor Citadele Bank is operating with mostly the same employees and its core business is still serving offshore shell-company accounts for Russians.  Even though the Latvia/EBRD bailout is publicly known to have been fraudulent, the people who signed the deal are not being prosecuted.  Former Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis is now Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the euro.  Former EBRD President Thomas Mirow was not reinstated at the EBRD even though Putin recommended him.  Instead, Mirow is now Chairman of HSH Nordbank.

Trasta Komercbanka and Putin Family

Trasta Komercbanka, run by a former Parex banker (Igors Buimisters) and a former Saeima chairman (Alfreds Cepanis), launders billions for Putin’s family through Latvia still now in 2014:

https://reportingproject.net/the-russian-laundromat/

Parex Bank gave Vladimir Putin’s friend $111 million UPDATED

Here is an article about an interesting transaction that Parex Bank booked as a “loan.”

Parex transferred $111 million to Vladimir Putin’s good friend Eduard Khudainatov in 2006.  Apparently, there was no collateral.  The auditors from Ernst & Young must have known about this.

Now in 2012, Khudainatov refuses to pay the money back.  The entire loss will be suffered by Latvian taxpayers.  Nobody is being prosecuted, as usual.

UPDATE:  A new article has been added below with more details.  An amazing quote is included from the Reverta lawyer, speaking about Parex Bank, “During change of ownership in 2008, the former shareholders stole certain documents pertaining to key bank deals with Russian customers.”  The implication is that this “loan” money has been stolen and documents have been stolen to protect the thieves and the EBRD lied to the world when it claimed in 2009 that Parex Bank was a wonderful investment for taxpayers.

pdf snapshot of Pietiek article from 18 March 2012:

Putin loan

link to article, unless it has been censored by the Latvian authorities:

http://www.pietiek.com/raksti/parex_no_putinam_pietuvinata_uznemeja_strukturas_grib_piedzit_100_miljonus

pdf snapshot of BNE article from 12 November 2012:

www-bne-eu

link to article, unless it has been censored by the Latvian authorities:

http://www.bne.eu/storyf4214/Latvias_bad_bank_gunning_for_Rosneft_deputy