HOW A RUSSIAN COUPLE SOLD €679 MILLION WORTH OF WEAPONS FROM THEIR MADRID HOME

On 29 July, El Pais reported that the Kokorevs are accused of money laundering for Teodoro Obiang, the long-time dictator of Equatorial Guinea.  They are said to have received €120 million from the country through the sale of weapons, ships and helicopters.  It is alleged that Vladimir Kokorev, his wife Julia Maleeva and their children Igor and Vladimir moved €679 million through a giant web of companies in tax havens over 15 years.  The family’s world came crashing down in 2007.  There is now a 500-page report from Spain’s anti-corruption attorney’s office into the money laundering operation.  In 2018, Vladimir, Julia and Igor Kokorev were arrested in Panama and extradited to Spain, and they have been in pre-trial detention for more than 2 years.  In Mayof this year, a judge issued an order to open the trial against Vladimir, Julia and Igor Kokorev, who face charges of money laundering. The conditions imposed by Panama for their extradition to Spain mean they cannot be tried for other crimes and the family’s defence team has denied all charges and called for them to be acquitted.

https://english.elpais.com/spain/2021-07-29/how-a-russian-couple-sold-679-million-worth-of-weapons-from-their-madrid-home.html

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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