The European Union took up the fight against the illicit flows of funds. Tens of billions of dirty money is coming from Russia. The oligarchs through investments in the EU and purchase of real estate there, the withdrawal of illegally received means from the shadows and make yourself a bright life. How do Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs in Europe and now the EU will deal with money laundering – recognized journalists of channel 24.
The small Principality of Monaco on the shores of the Mediterranean. Here is a little more than 30 thousand inhabitants.
Almost a thousand of them – the Russians. But not simple, and very wealthy. Owners of luxury real estate, aristocratic restaurants and several business companies.
Controversial Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev, ex-diplomat Vadim Vasiliev, entrepreneur Vasily Klyukin. They are all still tax-exempt because invested in Monaco.
Rybolovlev, Vasiliev, Klyukin
Behind Ukrainian rich. Oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, current and former MPs and Ministers of the Ukrainian government: Valeriy Khoroshkovskyi, Viktor Medvedchuk and David Zhvania are also owners of local real estate.
But the biggest real estate investment can boast of London. According to estimates BBC 36 thousand apartments and houses owned by the oligarchs. And often buy a house not directly but through an offshore company. Thus bleaching its shady means.
London – the leader of offshore real estate
“One of the reasons why people seek in London, – the presence of the whole army of realtors, lawyers, banks that help such activities. I think it’s time to impose sanctions or penalties for such advisers,” says the member of Parliament, UK Margaret Gorges.
How to fight the EU
Henceforth, a new suspicious transaction will be monitored. We will collect evidence. And if we suspect money laundering, we will contact the regulators,
– said the Director of the investment Fund, bill Browder.
The problem is that governments have no shared database or coordinated mechanism to combat dirty money. So I decided to create a joint black list of people who were once involved in corruption schemes, so the banks check their clients but did not cooperate with them.
We need to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism. One of the tools is a blacklist. But this requires the approval of a majority of the Parliament and member States. So I just remind them about each case of financial scandal
– said the European Commissioner for justice Vera Zhurova.
“International investors cannot invest in countries that are in the black list. Otherwise it will have consequences that can destroy their business. There is the fear of countries to investors and fear of those who hide where the money is” – said MEP Werner Langen.
So soon in the EU will appear, and the financial police. She will fight tax evasion, currency fraud, and most importantly – money laundering.
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