IC initiates criminal case of money-laundering against Anti-Corruption Foundation
Previously, it was reported that the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) was suspected of evading taxes.
The ICR has initiated a criminal case against Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation.
As reported by ICR Spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko, the MIA provided materials on the illegal legalization of 1 billion rubles ($15.3 million) by the foundation. It is suspected of financial transactions with criminally acquired funds.
According to the investigation, from the beginning of 2016 to late 2018, those responsible for financing FBK, including the fund’s employees, received a large amount of money that was obtained by criminal means. At the same time, the Foundation's high-ups were aware of it. Allegedly, the money was transferred to the opposition leaders both in rubles and in foreign currency. It is not specified which currency it was.
After that, the money had to be laundered. The funds were deposited into the settlement accounts of several banks through various ATMs in Moscow.
After that, the money was transferred to the accounts of the Anti-Corruption Foundation. The ICR noted that the scheme is illegal.
Investigators are now establishing the identities of all accomplices, as well as the source of the criminal money.
To recall, the Anti-Corruption Foundation was founded by one of the most prominent oppositionists in Russia, Alexey Navalny. He and Foundation Director Ivan Zhdanov are serving an administrative arrest. Lyubov Sobol was detained before the beginning of the rally in Moscow on August 3.
The beginning of the pre-investigation check in relation to Navalny’s Foundation was reported by Proekt. According to journalists of this publication, the accounts of Head of Navalny’s federal headquarters, Leonid Volkov, ex-Director of FBK Roman Rubanov, accountant Anna Chekhovich, Head of FBK legal department Vyacheslav Gimadi, Head of the social service Anna Biryukova, lawyers Alexander Pomazuev and Evgenia Zamyatina have been checked.
According to Proekt’s estimates, Volkov’s turnover amounted to 540 million rubles ($8.2 million), and that of Rubanova 215 million rubles ($3.2 million).
In addition, the media reported that Navalny’s Foundation has been suspected of tax evasion for years. Volkov commented: “This is nonsense.”
Meanwhile, Rubanov is a defendant in the criminal case under Failure to Comply with a Court Decision. The police put him on the wanted list.
The non-commercial foundation Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) positions itself as an organization that deals with anti-corruption investigations. According to the Foundation charter, its financing comes from donations.