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Dethroned Azerbaijani Elites Made Big Investments in Europe

OCCRP—When Eldar Mahmudov fell out of favour with Azerbaijan’s government, he fell hard. In October 2015, the country’s national security minister was dismissed from his powerful role by a presidential order. Within days, wild stories peppered local media outlets about raids on his villa, where police discovered glass jars… Read More

Report highlights risk of money laundering in Lithuania’s casinos

Lithuania’s land-based casino industry faces a “very high” risk from money laundering, while the remote gambling sector faces a high risk, according to a risk assessment carried out by the country’s government. Risk levels for each aspect of Lithuania’s gambling industry were determined through “data from a variety of international… Read More

Coronavirus Prompts Swedish Regulator to Delay Decision on SEB Probe

Sweden’s financial supervisory authority has delayed the conclusion of an anti-money laundering assessment of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB due to the coronavirus pandemic. The assessment of the Swedish bank was expected to conclude in April, but the Swedish FSA, known as the Finansinspektionen, said Wednesday that it was now… Read More
28th February 2020
The Danish bankers’ union has lambasted Danske Bank A/S after its supervisory board sought to raise its own pay shortly before the lender announced hundreds of job cuts. Denmark’s biggest bank, which is dealing with a spike in compliance costs amid investigations into money laundering, said on Thursday it’s getting… Read More
25th February 2020
Digital bank Revolut mistakenly froze the accounts of a French company, trapping thousands of euros, in a blunder that has raised questions over its compliance processes as it grows at breakneck speed. Priorité Energie, which helps low-income families in Paris to insulate their homes under a government initiative, was told… Read More
3rd February 2020
A just-concluded pre-trial investigation of Vladimir Romanov, the former owner of Lithuania‘s Ukio bank suspected of looting it for millions of euros, hinged on a key episode detailed in OCCRP’s 2018 account of leaked information in the Paradise Papers. Ukio bank collapsed abruptly in 2013, as the Lithuanian… Read More
17th January 2020
The authorities will be looking into reports that banks in Malta were used by the Italian mafia in a massive operation in Sicily that defrauded the European Union of millions of euros in funds for farmers, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said. The public prosecutor in Messina said on… Read More
23rd December 2019
A new front is opening up in Europe’s battle with money laundering. After dirty-cash scandals involving hundreds of billions of euros rocked some of the continent’s biggest banks, the Baltic region — where one of the the biggest cases yet erupted — has begun a fresh clampdown. This time, the… Read More
29th November 2019
The International Monetary Fund will examine efforts by Nordic banks and regulators to stop money laundering in the region and the Baltic countries, Sweden’s central bank said on Thursday, following a string of alleged lapses. Nordic banks have been hit by a steady stream of allegations over failures to combat… Read More
21st November 2019
When Lithuania’s AB Bankas Snoras imploded in 2011, its main shareholders, Vladimir Antonov and Raimondas Baranauskas, had already left for the United Kingdom, where Antonov had accomplished a long-held dream to take over the Portsmouth Football Club. On Nov. 24 of that year Antonov, a Russian, and Baranauskas, a Lithuanian,… Read More
19th November 2019
For years, banks in three Eastern European countries were stripped of assets by their owners using a blunt but efficient scheme made possible by Meinl Bank, a venerable Austrian financial institution that lost its license last week. Hundreds of millions of euros were siphoned out of Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania,… Read More
10th October 2019
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is asked to conduct an independent evaluation of money laundering prevention in the Nordic and Baltic region, a member of the Bank of Lithuania’s board said Wednesday. “A regional monetary prevention evaluation will be performed,” Marius Jurgilas told members of the Seimas Committee on Budget… Read More
1st July 2019
Troika Laundromat: inside Europe’s latest money laundering scandal Reports of a new money laundering scheme, the Troika Laundromat, highlight the brazen use of illegitimate funds within the world of the ultra-wealthy Like a vast, corruptive beast, money laundering has loomed large over Europe in recent months. Scandal after scandal has… Read More