The German newspaper claims it has received information about the translation of “dirty” money from Russia to the EU
BERLIN, March 20. /Offset. TASS Vyacheslav Filippov/. The German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung claims that were under investigation by OCCRP organizations (Center for the study of corruption and organized crime), which brings together more than 60 journalists from 32 countries, data on transfers of “dirty” money from Russia to the EU. This publication reported on Monday in his new room.
The newspaper notes that among other media outlets, including The Guardian, has a database of about 70 thousand translations, 662 of which have gone through recipients — individuals and firms — in Germany. So, the Munich company Bogner, sportswear manufacturer, alleged in 2013 received four payments, which transferred her to one of the firms in London in a Latvian account.
The German edition has pointed out that the law against money laundering “requires to be especially careful only of certain industries” business, for example, “financial services providers, lawyers, or jewelers,” but not companies engaged in the field of fashion.
OCCRP obtained from the informants, the data “show that in the period from 2010 to 2014 from Russia to the European Union were transferred to the “dirty” money in the amount of at least $20.7 billion,” the newspaper said. Allegedly, the organizers of the scheme for money laundering using two shell companies in the UK and accounts in Latvia “financed, in particular, imports of machinery and machine parts, food and building materials to Russia.”
“Bogner deny the fact of receiving the money. But there I see no reason to doubt the legality of the payments,” writes Suddeutsche Zeitung. According to her, BASF coatings has sold for more than €1.6 million, “the Company said that she had no suspicion of the customer”, — said the newspaper.
At the same time, according to the publication, “many German firms, which are referred to in the database are not ready to disclose the names of customers and business partners.” “The Federal office for criminal cases of Germany (BKA) just announced that it has no knowledge about this system of money laundering,” — said the “süddeutsche Zeitung”.