Browder suspects Nordea Bank of Russian money laundering
More than 400 million dollars could be laundered through bank accounts.
The head of the Hermitage Capital Management fund, Bill Browder, sent a request to the Finnish law enforcement agencies to verify the cash transactions of Nordea Bank. Previously, such appeals were received by the authorities of Sweden and Norway. Browder asked to pay attention to the bank accounts opened in these countries, through which money from Russia could be laundered, Interfax reports.
In particular, 234 million dollars could be illegally withdrawn from Russia through 527 accounts in Finland, and 175 million dollars through 365 accounts in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. The bank's press service declined to comment on Browder’s request.
In July, the lawyer sued Danske Bank, accusing the organization of laundering $230 million from the Russian budget. Both banks are listed among the largest in Europe.
In Russia, Browder was convicted in absentia for fraud and deliberate bankruptcy and sentenced to nine years in prison. Since 2010, the lawyer has led a campaign to investigate the murder of Hermitage Capital’s lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.