Russian politicians, businesspeople and thieves in law's property discovered in Dubai

Russian politicians, businesspeople and thieves in law's property discovered in Dubai
Vasya Voskres

The investigation into the matter was published by OCCRP, supported by Transparency International.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Transparency International have published an inquiry into Dubai real estate investments, which mentions Russian politicians, entrepreneurs, athletes, and people associated with the criminal world.

Among the owners of property in the UAE, there is Vladlen Stepanov, featured in Magnitsky’s list, businessman Vadim Lyalin (a friend of thief in law Vadik Bely) and thieves in law Vasily Khristoforov (Vasya Voskres) and Vladimir Vagin (Vagon). The latter is under US sanctions because of alleged ties to international organized crime. Runaway ex-Head of NGO Kosmos Andrey Chernyakov and the son of Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev, Geydar, and his daughter Arzu also happened to own property in Dubai.

In 2011, Navalny accused Vladlen Stepanov of acquiring real estate in Dubai for money from the budget of the Russian Federation. Then Stepanov sued Navalny for 100 thousand rubles ($1.5 thousand) in action for the protection of honor and dignity.

The authors of the investigation noted that the property mentioned in the study was not necessarily purchased with illegally earned money. Nevertheless, the possession of this property by politicians, entrepreneurs, and thieves in law should garner public attention and undergo an in-depth study, the report says. The authors of the investigation also stressed that the UAE authorities paid insufficient attention to the origin of the funds invested in the country.

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