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Lithuania: Fallen Bank‘s Dealings Exposed in Paradise Papers Lead to Indictment

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

Authorities to look into reports mafia used Malta banks in EU funds scam

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

Europe’s Money-Laundering Crackdown Is Expanding Beyond Banks

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
17th June 2019
Europe’s Baltic states are at risk from further Russian money laundering, a top European police official said after several big banks were hit by scandals centred on the region. Pedro Felicio, who is responsible for fighting money laundering at European police agency Europol, told Reuters that “huge inflows of criminal… Read More
12th June 2019
Finnish police have declined to investigate an allegation of money laundering at Nordea made by anti-corruption campaigner Bill Browder’s Hermitage Capital, citing lack of jurisdiction and the statute of limitations. Hermitage Capital Management Ltd requested an investigation last October into transfers of funds to corporate customer accounts at Nordea from… Read More
23rd May 2019
AP — The European Union’s police agency says an international law enforcement operation has smashed an organized crime gang that earned hundreds of millions of euros in drug and cigarette trafficking, assassinations and money laundering. Europol said Wednesday that more than 450 police and customs officers in Spain, the United… Read More
2nd May 2019
Two of Europe’s largest banks on Tuesday blamed Russian money laundering scandals for their lackluster performances in the first quarter of 2019, and promised to do more to prevent compliance lapses going forward. Helsinki-based Nordea Bank said in its Q1 results that it had set aside €95 million to account… Read More
15th April 2019
European lawmakers are urging financial institutions and governments to address dozens of legal and supervisory shortcomings they say contributed to the proliferation of massive money laundering schemes in recent years. In a resolution adopted Thursday, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly said that recent money laundering schemes linked to… Read More