Chechen leadership and Laundromat

Chechen leadership and Laundromat
Ramzan Kadyrov

Chechnya is reckoned with the Slovenian company for construction work through offshore.

Investigation of schemes for withdrawing money from Russia with the participation of Moldovan and European banks also revealed the Chechen Republic representatives' involvement.

According to the Slovenian edition Delo, the Chechen company City-Stroy, which, is connected with Head of the Republic Ramzan Kadyrov and is the main recipient of state orders, used the Slovenian construction company Omnia Arching for the erection of a brick factory in Grozny. As the journalists note, the Slovenian company received more than 5 million euros for the work performed. And the money initially hit the offshore account of Ronida Invest LLP and Drayscott Overseas LLP, and later it was cashed through Slovenian banks.

The plant was put into operation in 2014. The construction project was overseen by Kadyrov's fellow countryman from Tsentoroy Hasmagomed Khizriev, who occupied the post of Chechen Minister of Construction at that time. At the same time, the Head of the Republic, in gratitude for the work done, awarded the Chechen City-Stroy driver of the bulldozer, as well as owner of the Slovenian Omnia Stefan Shkech with diploma.

In addition, the edition reports that Khizriev and his brothers are related to companies registered at the same address with a certain company GS Group, owned by Shkech until 2012. Akhmat Kadyrov Charitable Foundation was registered at the same address.

The Government of the Chechen Republic issued a statement that it had nothing to do with the choice of a contractor from Slovenia, because it did not act as a state customer, and construction was conducted at the expense of private investments.

Stefan Shkech, in turn, stressed that he did not know about the existence of offshore companies, through which construction work in Grozny was paid for.

Recall, Laundromat is comprised of participants of the largest in recent time criminal scheme for siphoning Russian money off for the period from 2011 to 2014. At the moment, the amount is about more than 20 billion dollars. In the criminal case instituted in Moldova, there are currently 18 large local officials, including the National Bank and judges.

The criminal scheme, known as the ‘Moldovan scheme’, represents the creation of two one-day firms in Russia with opening of a bank account in a Moldovan bank. Then one of them asserted another a claim for payment of promissory notes. It refused, but considering that a guarantor was a Moldovan citizen, the local court, which obliged him to pay the cost of the promissory note in court, entered the case. Thus, the money was transferred to Moldova. Judges were complicit in crimes and issued resolutions with a lot of violations.

Recently, the Central Bank of Russia acknowledged that 23 Russian banks participated in the scheme, including Russky Zemelny Bank (Russian Land Bank), Baltika, Evropeisky Express (European Express), Smartbank, Mast-Bank, Interkapital Bank, Zapadny (West), Energobusiness, etc.

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