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💰Raiffeisen Banking Group

Austrian bank’s ties to RosUkrEnergo suspicious

Firtash & Mogilevich

Allegedly under active Investigation today.
2010: “Confidential US diplomatic cables released on Dec. 1 by WikiLeaks disclosed concerns that one of Austria’s largest banks took bribes to disguise the business interests of a wanted ROC boss Mogilevich and a Ukrainian billionaire gas trader-Firtash.”

🔑The previously confidential messages, written by America’s former deputy head of mission in Austria Scott F. Kilner, also described the Austrian authorities as feeling “uncomfortable” with Raiffeisen bank’s role in Ukraine’s gas deal with Russia.

“Dated December 2005 and February 2006, the messages said that Vienna-based Raiffeisen Investment AG, and its parent company Raiffeisen Group, was probably “a front to provide legitimacy to the gas company (RosUkrEnergo)“

That we suspect he [U.S.-indicted Russian crime boss Semyon Mogilevich] controls, RosUkrEnergo.”

“The Austrian investment bank Raiffeisen was the authorized representative of RosUkrEnergo when it was first formed as the monopoly gas intermediary that supplied billions of dollars of Turkmen gas to Ukraine...”

“Until former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko removed it as an intermediary in January 2009.”

📌Side note: “Yulia Tymoshenko has been Ukraine's PM twice, was the global face of a revolution, imprisoned by two different presidents, and the target of an operation to discredit her by Manafort”

“The [Austrian] foreign ministry is ‘uncomfortable’ that an Austrian bank is in the middle of the [Ukrainian-Russian gas] controversy.”

– Per a cable released by WikiLeaks.

“The beneficiaries were revealed to be Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Firtash and Ivan Fursin, a close associate of Serhiy Lyovochkin, who would become Yanukovych’s chief of staff, holds 45% and 5% ownership (in 2010), respectively, through Centragas.”

‼️Rick Perry’s UKR LNG contract.

Firtash owns 70% of UKraine’s gas distribution.

“RosUkrEnergo ”makes direct payments of $360,000 annually to each of two Raiffeisen Investment executives in ‘consulting fees.’

We assess that the payments probably are bribes for RIAG to maintain the front for Mogilevich,” reads one of the cables.”

Raiffeisen an Austrian bank is just one in a handful of European banks, including Danske Bank and Deutsche Bank, that are being scrutinized following allegations of money laundering and Russian influence.

🔑”Raiffeisen was named in a Hermitage Fund report submitted to prosecutors in Austria March 2010 that contained allegations of money laundering.

🔑Hermitage (Bill Browder) urged prosecutors to investigate US$967 million of suspicious transactions into Austrian bank account.

The payments all came from the Lithuanian Ukio Bankas and the Estonian branch of Danske Bank.

💰Shady Deutsche Bank💰

Deutsche Bank's U.S. Unit Kept Danske's Shady Billions Flowing
“Raiffeisen bank also helped finance a 2007 Trump Tower project in Canada”

Back to the story:

“Other secret diplomat cables have quoted Firtash saying he needed and received permission from Mogilevich to enter the gas trading business.”

“Also, the cables said Firtash and Mogilevich were linked through ostensible offshore company vehicles either by joint ownership through former spouses or through Firtash heading companies in which Mogilevich’s former spouse was the shareholder.”

“In turn, one cable said the Austrian authorities were “uncomfortable” with Raiffeisen Investment’s involvement in RosUkrEnergo and that company’s role in the Ukrainian-Russian gas deal.”

🔑”Russian state-owned oil and gas company Gazprom is the remaining 50 percent shareholder of RosUkrEnergo [circa 2010]”


“Neither Raiffeisen Investment’s internal due diligence nor an independent due diligence by the U.S. risk consulting firm Kroll had revealed derogatory information or links to criminal activity, including to Seymon Mogilevich.”🤔

Maybe this explains it...

U.S. risk consulting firm Kroll was hired by the Ukrainian government under President Viktor Yanukovych to investigate embezzlement by the previous government, headed by ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

In 2001, Kroll was hired by the Labor Ukraine Party, then backed by billionaire Viktor Pinchuk, the son-in-law of then-President Kuchma.

The investigation then was supposed to focus on who killed journalist Georgy Gongadze on Sept. 16, 2000.

Its results were widely dismissed as an attempt to whitewash the case and absolve Kuchma from suspicion

There you go....hmmmm
Fun fact Pinchuk, had secured 20 minutes of Mr. Trump’s time — and a heap of flattery from the future president, who described him as “a very, very special man” — with a donation of $150,000 to Mr. Trump’s now defunct foundation.


‼️The good news is the House Intel Commitee is investigating the mysterious $100M invested in Trump Tower Toronto.

“House Intelligence Asks Why Russia-linked Austrian Bank (Raiffeisen) Funded Trump Tower Project and Never Sought Repayment post BK”

"What we're seeing in the banking structures is really Austria's ability to amplify that Russian funding and take it elsewhere within Europe. So Austria is very powerfully placed, their banking system, across Central Europe, in the Western Balkans,"

“Raiffeisen bank, because of its size and great importance to the region, amplifies non-transparency,” said Heather Conley, an expert on Europe and Eurasia.

📌And who is arguably Austria’s most notorious resident?

👉🏼Dmytro Firtash.

“U.S. officials believe Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich serves as a Mogilevich front.”


📌The Raiffeisen Bank funded a Toronto Trump Project for $300 million, and never came back after that project went bankrupt, to secure what it could in bankruptcy, in terms of the return of their funds," Speier added.

"In the case of Toronto, in 2001 the Trump Organization licensed the Trump name to businessmen with links to Eastern Europe who reportedly sold a stake in a Ukrainian steel mill in 2010 to individuals linked to the Russian government”

🔑Questions have been raised about whether Kremlin money was used to finance parts of the Trump Toronto project.

🔑The question of why Raiffeisen never reclaimed the millions it lost in the tower also remains.

📌From 2007 to 2014, money flowed out of Russia like wine from a broken bottle.

📌In short order, between 2007 and 2014 there were two boom and busts.

📌Anyone with an ounce of sense was trying to get money out of Russia and into a western currency.

The wealthy were concerned with potential additional sanctions as well as the value of the ruble when the Russian gov’t would eventually have to quit supporting. Those fears were well founded," Burke Files, a financial investigator.

"Be it Deutsche Bank, Danske Bank, Raiffeisen or even Citibank—all prospered with the flight capital from Russia be it earned legally or illegally."

The question remains how much of these illicit money flows streaming out of Russia & other nations poured into Trump real estate ventures & into the Trump family coffers.
🔑This is the heart of the ginormous international investigations into Trump’s finances as well as other persons & entities (many banks & accounting firms) involved in laundering billions of these illicitly earned dollars flowing out of Russia/Ukraine & other countries.
The Troika Laundromat

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Deutsche Bank's U.S. Unit Kept Danske's Shady Billions Flowing
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