Peskov’s wife turns out to have overseas account

Peskov’s wife turns out to have overseas account
Dmitry Peskov and Tatyana Navka

The Olympic champion opened the account before registering the marriage with the presidential press secretary.

The wife of President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, Olympic champion Tatyana Navka, turns out to have an overseas account. This is reported by Dozhd referring to the Dosye (‘Dossier’) project. It was opened on February 20, 2014, i.e. before the registration of marriage with Peskov. It is still open.

Having decided to check this, the investigators made a test transfer in the amount of 5 euros, and the system recognized the international number (IBAN) of the account and tied it to the name Navka Tatiana. 

“If there had been some problems with the transaction, the money would not have been transferred. We called the bank to learn the payment's status, and they confirmed to us that the money had been received by the receiving bank,” the project representatives told Dozhd. 

Previously, Tatyana Navka and Dmitry Peskov denied having accounts abroad. Navka herself told Dozhd that she did not have an active bank account overseas.

The president's press secretary added that his wife did have such accounts back when she lived in the US, but they were closed after she moved to Russia.

Under current legislation, officials and their spouses are forbidden to have accounts and assets abroad. Peskov assured that Navka did not break anything. 

At the same time, according to The Guardian, on the day when a Swiss bank account was opened in her name, the offshore Carina Global Assets in the British Virgin Islands was also registered in the name of Tatyana Navka. As previously reported by Novaya Gazeta, the application for the offshore registration indicated that the company was going to manage assets worth more than $1 million. A photocopy of Navka’s passport was attached to the application.

Peskov also denied this. According to him, no offshore company was ever registered in Navka’s name, and there were no such company.

According to Deputy Director General of Transparency International - Russia, Ilya Shumanov, the appearance of the account and offshore in one day seems perfectly logical: “An offshore company is usually opened not just randomly, but for carrying out transactions. The first thing you do when you open a sole proprietorship or LLC is go to the bank to open an account, otherwise you will not be able to carry out transactions. The same applies to an offshore company: opening a legal entity is followed by opening an account.” 

At the same time, according to The Guardian, the offshore was liquidated in 2015. It is not known whether the bank account is in the process of liquidation.

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