In the framework of a large-scale international scheme code-named The Global Laundromat, almost 740 million dollars from the funds laundered by Russian offenders who have connections in the government and FSB has been processed through the largest British banks, The Guardian reports citing data obtained by the international Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Novaya Gazeta and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
In particular, it is noted that 17 banks based in Britain, including HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and Barclays, came to the attention of the judicial authorities. Now they all have to explain what they knew about this criminal scheme and why they did not reject suspicious money transfers.
According to documents, at least $ 20 billion were transferred from Russia for a four-year period between 2010 and 2014, but the real amount could be $ 80 billion.
It is assumed that the money was transferred to Moldova, from there - to Latvia and then to other EU countries, including the UK.
The investigation believes that about 500 people were involved in the scheme, including oligarchs, Moscow bankers and persons with connections in the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.