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Russian Minister Laundered Millions in Finland?

Leonid Reiman

Leonid Reiman, Russia’s former communications minister.

Finnish authorities were investigating the money transfers of Russia’s former long-time communications minister, Leonid Reiman

Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has opened a criminal investigation into suspected money laundering by the bankrupt Finnish company, Sekom Group, Finland’s leading daily, Helsingin Sanomat, reported. The suspicion stemmed from the alleged crimes of Russia’s former communications minister and Vladimir Putin’s advisor, Leonid Reiman.



Winter Olympics in the Subtropics

Sochi 2014 Report

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and Solidarity activist Leonid Martynyuk have published a report detailing allegations of rampant corruption in the preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Kerkko Paananen, Chairman of the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM), translated the report into English, with help from Catherine Fitzpatrick at the excellent Interpreter Magazine. The original report is available in Russian and the full translation in English on the Putin.Itogi website.


Finnish MPs for Sanctions in Magnitsky Case

A group of leading members of the Finnish Parliament, spearheaded by the National Coalition Party’s MP, Pia Kauma, submitted a written question to the government on the question of sanctions against Russian officials involved in the murder of the Russian lawyer, Sergey Magnitsky. So far, the United States and the Netherlands have imposed visa bans on the officials. Moreover, the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have urged member states to freeze the assets of the officials involved and impose international visa bans.


The Gazprom Song

Magnitsky Case: Follow the Money

As Russian tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky slowly died in a Russian prison from abuse and neglect, US$230 million (5.4 billion Russian Rubles) in taxes stolen from his client disappeared into a maze of phantom companies, crooked banks and offshore accounts. Magnitsky, accused of the largest tax scam in Russian state history despite being the whistleblower who reported it, knew who pulled off the theft but not who the powerful people behind them were.

He died rather than admit to a crime he did not do. Magnitsky was the loser. But the winners until now have not been identified. Reporters from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Barron’s and Novaya Gazeta, spent months tracking banking records and offshores companies to identify two beneficiaries of the deal: businesses of a Russian state transportation official’s son and the ex-husband of a tax official who granted the refunds.


Умерла Марина Салье

Сегодня не стало Марины Салье. Она была главой комиссии Санкт-Петербургского горсовета, которая анализировала деятельность председателя комитета по внешним связям мэрии Санкт-Петербурга Владимира Путина. Затем возглавляла Свободную демократическую партию России, в последнее время была членом Партии народной свободы.

Putin Arrested

[Fake. For now.]