Spanish company Zed searched, son of Interior Minister and Russian oligarch involved
Law enforcers paid a visit to the offices of Zed Worldwide.
Employees of the anti-corruption department of the Spanish Prosecutor's Office conducted searches in the offices of the Zed Worldwide group on Thursday, June 29. In the framework of the raid of law enforcement officers, founder of the company Javier Perez Dolset was detained; he is suspected of fraud with subsidies of the company for giving bribes to politicians in Russia and Uzbekistan, the Spanish edition El Mundo writes.
In addition, the police conducted searches in the newspaper La Razón, which in 2009-2012 had a sponsorship agreement with Zed. The Anti-Corruption Department believes that this agreement was used for fraud with public funds. The total amount of damage, according to the investigation, exceeds € 67 million.
As the CrimeRussia wrote, earlier in Madrid Dutch lawyer Peter Wakkie, who was also a temporary manager of the technological holding company Zed+, was detained. Wakkie is suspected of withdrawing $30 million from the assets of Grupo Zed to give bribes to Russian officials.
As for the person involved in bribes in Russia, the Spanish investigators point to Russian-Israeli oligarch, the founder and shareholder of Alfa Group Mikhail Fridman (according to TAdviser, today he owns only 18% of the financial consortium). And detainee in Madrid, Peter Wakkie, considers him a confidant and even a "right-hand man." The reasons for believing this to Spanish law enforcement officers were the participation of Peter Wakkie in the work of the Highland Marine Stichting Foundation.
According to UCDEF, the missing money was withdrawn from Zed+ according to the following scheme: the Russian branch of the company, Temafon CJSC (in Spanish documents - Grupo Temafon) established Vstrecha without the sanction of the members of the management board of the holding. In 2013-2014 money of Zed+ flowed away there.
Then, as the PwC auditors later calculated, $30 million was transferred to the accounts of the Russian company FunBox, which belongs to entrepreneur Alexander Vladimirovich Kolokoltsev, the son of Head of the Interior Ministry Vladimir Kolokoltsev.
Preliminary hearings of the case pertaining to embezzlements committed during the construction of notorious Zenit Arena haven’t commenced yet – but the trial of Marat Oganesyan already ceased to be monotonous. The former Deputy Head of the St. Petersburg Municipal Administration has directly hinted at the involvement of his successor – current Vice Governor Albin – in the embezzlement of billions of rubles.