German police launch raids in ‘Troika Laundromat’ money laundering probe
12 Aug 2020

German authorities raided the home of a businessman in the state of Brandenburg on suspicion he was involved in a money-laundering scheme.

The Frankfurt prosecutors office said investigators had also searched the import-export premises of a firm on Tuesday.

The unnamed suspect is alleged to have been part of the “Troika Laundromat” – a money laundering network connected to the former Russian investment bank Troika Dialog.

The bank allegedly maintained a network of offshore firms with accounts in the Baltic region. Authorities gave no further information about the 57-year-old suspect.

Billions allegedly moved through fake companies

Authorities in Germany are targeting Russian money-laundering operations and last year seized assets worth some €40 million ($47 million). The properties were allegedly bought through another network, known as the Russian Laundromat.

It’s believed that the Russian Laundromat was involved in using fictitious companies to move some €20 billion from Russia into Europe through banks in Moldova and Latvia.

A large amount of information on the laundromat operations has been garnered by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). Journalists from the project, which was involved in the Panama Papers revelations, reported that the purpose of the Troika Laundromat was to allow Russian oligarchs and politicians to secretly acquire shares in state-owned companies and buy properties in Russia and abroad.

Read more at Deutsche Welle

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