The international criminal network, connected with a Russian criminal group, was disclosed in Germany.
According to an official representative of the Wiesbaden-based federal criminal agency (BKA) the point at issue is "the international network which includes criminals not only from Germany and Russia." On Tuesday, more than 200 employees of the BKA financial crimes department jointly with the customs-criminal department conducted searches in 28 offices and apartments of a Hessen state's joint-stock company, situated in the Rhine-Maine region, Hamburg and Munich, reported a spokesman for the BKA.
He also pointed out that "investigation of this case has been going on since 2001 and suspicions have been confirmed that the company is laundering 'dirty' Russian money." The BKA refused to name the company and confirm whether there are detained on this case, referring to the interests of investigation.
At the same time, the federal criminal agency stated that "this German joint-stock company is being suspected by the German law-enforcement bodies of receiving multimillion sums of 'dirty' money from a powerful criminal group of St. Petersburg, and used it in the legal commercial turnover, secretly sending it for deals with real estate in Russia." The interlocutor of the agency reported that the German joint-stock company "handled the received sums of money through many bank accounts in various countries with a purpose to conceal their real origin." The German investigators stress that the company "collaborated with a major criminal group in the St, Petersburg region, which is also engaged in illegal import of cars, trade in people, smuggling alcohol products and racket. They also jointly created a number of fake companies in the offshore zones," the BKA reported.