From documents obtained by the so-called Organized Crime Investigation Network and Corruption (OCCRP), The Guardian claims that about $ 740 million dollars “seem to have left Russia” between 2010 and 2014 .
The daily claims that HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Lloyds, Barclays and Coutts are among the 17 UK-based banks operating in the country that “ask questions about what they knew about that program (Money laundering) and why they did not reject suspicious transfers. ”
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Researchers from the OCCRP and the Russian newspaper “Novaya Gazeta”, critic with the management of Russian President Vladimir Putin, estimate that about 500 people have participated in that operation, according to the British newspaper.
The Guardian said in its digital edition that it has had access to documents that credit nearly 70,000 banking transactions, including 1,920 that went through British entities, and 373 by US entities .
In response to the information published by that newspaper, RBS said he is “committed to the fight against financial crime and money laundering.”
The entity “has controls and safeguards in place to identify, evaluate, control and mitigate those risks,” the bank said in a statement.
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