Russian and international journalists and activists ask US and European law enforcement authorities to investigate the activities of a Russian ex-senator from the Perm Territory, oligarch Sergei Gordeev, in relation to money laundering, offshore companies and ties with his former business partner Suleiman Kerimov.
According to the journalists, Russian senator Suleiman Kerimov, his business partner Sergei Gordeev, and a number of Russian businessmen and politicians, laundered money via well-known offshore companies that are close to notorious crime kingpin Semyon Mogilevich. Sergei Gordeev is associated in Russia with a corporate raider, Rosbuilding.
According to Russian state media, in 2009-2013, through Nafta Moskva company, Suleiman Kerimov was a shareholder of 25-35% of PIK Group Public Joint Stock Company. Nafta Moskva was owned by Cyprus-based Aniketa Investments Ltd, part of which belonged to Suleiman Kerimov. He also indirectly owned MSREF VII GREENWICH (BID) B.V. (Netherlands).
According to official information from PIK Group in 2013 before Suleiman Kerimov sold his share, there had been many Cypriot companies and private individuals among PIK Group affiliates:
PIOLENTA HOLDINGS LIMITED, OREGOL INVESTMENTS LIMITED, FENTROUMA HOLDINGS LIMITED, BLAKESTON HOLDINGS LIMITED, MITTELMEER DIRECTORS LIMITED, KALTENBERG LIMITED, FLANDOMON LIMITED, STONYFIELD HOLDINGS LIMITED, MEPEULLA HOLDINGS LIMITED, SILVERPORT MANAGEMENT LIMITED, RAFENBURG INDUSTRIES LIMITED, ALMORY VENTURES LIMITED, NATALEZA HOLDINGS LIMITED, REMLEN OVERSEAS LIMITED, DENERI HOLDINGS LIMITED, LEDRA DIRECTORS LIMITED, ALBANSTONE HOLDINGS LIMITED, WHITEWORN INVESTMENTS LIMITED, MANBOW HOLDING LIMITED (British Virgin Islands), TYCHE COOPERATIEF U.A. (Netherlands), PIK RETAIL B.V (Netherlands), Georgios Kyrou Chr.
Among PIK Group affiliates there had also been Cypriot companies IONICS DIRECTORS LIMITED, Mediterranenan Directors Limited, and private individuals Pampina Votsi, Vasiliki Andreou, Cleo Vasiliou, Androula Charilaou. IONICS DIRECTORS LIMITED is associated with IONICS SECRETARIES LIMITED not only because of similar names, addresses and CEOs. This company is directly related to Barlow Investing Ltd and its owner Galina Telesh, the former spouse of Semyon Mogilevich, a businessman wanted by FBI. Pampina Votsi was also the head of Barlow Investing Ltd.
It is worth noting that as of September 30 of this year IONICS DIRECTORS LIMITED and Pampina Votsi are still listed as PIK Group affiliates, despite the fact that Sergey Gordeev owns approximately 75% of the company, and a few percent belongs to VTB Bank.
These companies are connected with many Russian politicians, oligarchs, who laundered money via offshore companies, as well as buying real estate and bribing officials. American, European companies and private individuals may also be involved in the criminal activities.
Journalists and activists also point out to the fact that the companies and private individuals associated with PIK Group are mentioned in connection with several large financial crimes in Russia, sham deals in the banking and building sectors.
An investigation into these private individuals and companies can help in Suleiman Kerimov’s case and uncover a large-scale criminal network.