Finland: Estonians accused of laundering €140mn for Russian OCGs

Finland: Estonians accused of laundering €140mn for Russian OCGs

Estonian citizens claim that the money was intended for a road construction project in Karelia.

In Finland, two Estonian nationals have been charged with laundering more than 100 million euros belonging to a Russian organized criminal group.

The suspects laundered money of criminal origin in the amount of about 130-140 million euros, Yle reports referring to the police. Finnish law enforcement agencies believe that the money belongs to a Russian organized crime group.

The police began investigating the case in 2014. Finnish construction company HTR Talonrakennus Oy fell under suspicion after more than 6.5 billion rubles and 140 million euros were transferred to the accounts of the company in Nordea and Danske Bank within several months).

Estonian citizens plead not guilty and claim that the money was intended for a road construction project in Karelia. According to the investigation, the money belongs to dummy companies from Russia.

It is noted that no participants of the Russian organized crime group in Finland have been prosecuted yet.

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