In Estonia, a criminal case in relation to Swedbank due to suspicions of money laundering

Estonian financial Inspectorate filed a case against the Bank Swedbank to check the compliance with the rules prevent money laundering.

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Estonian financial Inspectorate filed a case against the Bank Swedbank to check the compliance with the rules prevent money laundering. As reported at the inspection proceedings against the Bank Swedbank initiated in connection with signs of violations that were identified earlier in the course of conducting procedures for financial oversight. The test results will be released early next year.

In April, the Estonian Financial Inspectorate has sent its inspectors to the main office of Swedbank in Estonia for inspection. In February the financial supervision authority of Estonia and Sweden launched a joint investigation in relation to possible involvement in money laundering by the Bank.It happened shortly after the Swedish TV channel SVT published an investigation, in which he said that one of the largest banks in Sweden, Swedbank may be involved in the laundering of more than 40 billion crowns (over 4 billion) over eight years.

It was reported that through this division of the Bank from 2010 to 2016 could get more than € 20 billion of «questionable sources». Through the Bank allegedly spent the money of the influential citizens of the former Soviet republics, including the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and former chief of staff Donald trump by Paul Manafort. Currently, in relation to Swedbank investigate not only the financial service of Sweden, but also Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and the United States. During the investigation, he was fired the President and CEO of the Bank Birgitta Bonnesen.

Suspicions about the involvement of Swedbank to the scheme of money laundering and withdrawal of funds in Europe emerged in the course of the investigation against the Estonian branch of Danske Bank, which are in several countries. Danske Bank suspected that from 2007 until the beginning of 2016 through its Estonian branch passed $230 billion from Russia and other countries of the former USSR. The Bank recognized that a significant part of these operations can be classified as questionable.

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