Russia

Golden Sphinx Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition (Jersey)

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, by Andrew Wood, as the Foreign Representative of Golden Sphinx Limited, described as a "passive investment-holding" vehicle whose ultimate beneficiaries are Alexander Sabadash, "formerly an elected Senator in Russia", his wife, Larisa Sabadash, and their two adult children and whose "principal assets" are a $45 million residence in Beverly Hills, California, and "certain debts from various parties", including Garry Itkin, described as a former director of the debtor who "engaged in fraudulent and unauthorized self-dealing actions", filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Airbus A319-100 Aircraft: Seizure Warrant Application (‘Russian oligarch Andrei Skoch’)

Application for Seizure Warrant in USA v. Airbus A319-100 Aircraft, which was "purchased ... through a series of shell companies and trusts" in Aruba, Belize, Cyprus, and Jersey, in the Channel Islands involving accounts in England, Isle of Man, Switzerland, and USA and in which "an interest" is allegedly held by Andrei Skoch, described as "a member of Russia's State Duma" since 1999 and "a Deputy of the Duma", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Dmitry Ukrainskiy: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging the defendant was "a member of a criminal conspiracy that used malicious software and other mechanisms to take control of bank accounts of unsuspecting victims and misappropriate funds from those accounts" in USA v. Dmitry Ukrainskiy, described as "a Russian national residing in Thailand", at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

SEC v. Vladimir Okhotnikov et al: Complaint (‘$300M Crypto Fraud’)

Complaint alleging a $300 million crypto-based investment fraud involving an "unincorporated entity" in Russia called Forsage in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Vladimir Okhotnikov, described as a citizen of Russia residing in Tbilisi, Georgia; Jane Doe, a.k.a. Lola Ferrari, who "is believed to be a Russian national residing in Bali, Indonesia"; Mikhail Sergeev, who "is believed to reside in Moscow, Russia; Sergey Maslakov, who "is believed to reside in Gelendzhik or Moscow, Russia"; Samuel D. Ellis, of Kentucky; Mark F. Hamlin, of Virginia; Sarah L. Theissen, of Wisconsin; Carlos L. Martinez, of Chicago, Illinois; Ronald R. Deering, of Idaho; Cheri Beth Bowen, of Mississippi, and Alisha R. Shepperd, of Florida, at the U.S. District Court for the northern District of Illinois.

ITI Trade Ltd.: Appointment of Administration Managers

Public Notice by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that Matthew Wright and Andrew Duncan, both of Leonard Curtis CI Limited, have been appointed as Joint Administration Managers of ITI Trade Limited.

Wesley Edwards: Judgment (Block Transfer of Liquidations & Receiverships)

Judgment regarding the Court's authority to make block transfers of insolvency appointments, whether a licence is required "to permit the transfer of receiverships over assets frozen by the sanctions imposed against Russian entities following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine", and whether to seal and anonymize the case "given the sensitive nature of his appointment" in the matter of Wesley Edwards, formerly of Begbies Traynor (BVI) Ltd., now with CVR Global LLP, at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

USA v. ‘Roman Abramovich airplanes’: Seizure Application ($410M)

Seizure Application for two airplanes worth $410 million allegedly beneficially owned by Roman Abramovich, a citizen of Russia, "through a series of shell companies" in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, and Jersey, in the Channel Islands, in USA v. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Aircraft and Gulfstream G650ER Aircraft at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Forensic News LLC et al v. Aviram Azari: Discovery Application

Application by Forensic News LLC, described as a U.S.-based company whose "mission is to deliver original long-form journalism focused on national security, espionage, corporate, and political issues", and Scott Stedman, described as "an investigative journalist", to take discovery from Aviram Azari, described as "an Israeli private intelligence veteran who worked closely with Soriano for years", for use in "a defamation action filed against them in England by British-Israeli 'security consultant' Walter Soriano" regarding "news articles about Soriano and his ties to core figures associated with alleged Russian election interference, including Vladimir Putin confidant Oleg Deripaska and other oligarchs", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Elena Varshavskaya v. Omia Holdings Ltd. et al: Claim Form

Claim Form in Elena Varshavskaya v. Omia Holdings Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Iuliia Khesina, of Moscow, Russia; Socmark Nominee Services Limited, of Cyprus, and M&N Services Limited, of Cyprus, at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

VTBC Asset Management International Ltd.: Administration (‘Russo-Ukrainian war’)

News Release by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission that it has successfully applied for the administration of VTBC Asset Management International Limited "in order to protect the interests of investors and the reputation of the Bailiwick as a financial centre given the ongoing impact of sanctions resulting from the Russo-Ukrainian war".

GMJ Asset Management Company Inc. v. KBC Bank NV et al: Discovery Application

Application by GMJ Asset Management Company Inc. to take discovery from KBC Bank NV, New York Branch; KBC Financial Products USA Inc., KBC Securities USA LLC, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for use in legal proceedings "against KBC Bank in relation to violation of banking laws and fraudulent concealment, and potentially conversion", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Carlos de March Bosch v. Credit Suisse Group AG et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud involving Credit Suisse's business relationship with "Russian oligarchs" in Carlos de March Bosch v. Credit Suisse Group AG, of Zürich, Switzerland; Thomas P. Gottstein, David R. Mathers at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Hunting Russian Oligarchs: Databases & Tools to Identify Their Assets

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has led to a surge in financial sanctions against Russian Oligarchs, banks, and other entities. The hunt is now on to identify beneficiaries, trace and freeze assets, including private jets and superyachts. Learn databases and tools that will help you know who you're dealing with and locate assets that they don't want you to know about. Presented by Ellen Hewitt, Senior Director, FTI Consulting; Nigel Nicholson, CEO, GreyList Trace; Roman Anin, Investigative Reporter, IStories; and Will Fitzgibbon, Investigative Reporter, ICIJ.

Stabil LLC et al v. Russia: Petition to Confirm $34M Arbitration Award

Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award in Stabil LLC, Rubenor LLC, Rustel LLC, Novel-Estate LLC, PII Kirkovograd-Nafta LLC, Crimea-Petrol LLC, Pirsan LLC, Trade-Trust LLC, Elefteria LLC, VKF-Satek LLC, and Stemv Group LLC, described as "eleven Ukrainian companies that invested in the petrol retail business in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol prior to 2014, when Crimea was under the jurisdiction of Ukraine" v. The Russian Federation at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

JSC Ingtorgstroy v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by JSC Ingtorgstroy, of Russia, to take discovery from Citibank NA, The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, New York Branch; HSBC Bank USA NA, BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, The Bank of Nova Scotia, New York Agency; UBS AG, Bank of America NA, Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG, New York Branch, and The Clearing House Payments Company LLC for use in legal proceedings "against former CEOs and beneficial owners of OJSC "GK Amazarkan", including Pavel Entin and Bogdan Solodukha before the commercial court of Moscow city and the commercial court of Kaluga Region, Russia", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Forensic News LLC et al v. Richard Frankel: Discovery Application

Application by Forensic News LLC and Scott Stedman, described as "its journalist-founder", to take discovery from Richard Frankel "to aid their defense of a baseless defamation action brought against them before a foreign tribunal" in England, proceedings that are described as "an attack on American free speech and journalistic values brought by Walter Soriano, a British-Israeli 'security consultant' with ties to the Russian oligarchy", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Recovery Partners GP Ltd. et al v. Irakli Rukhadze et al: $142M Judgment

Judgment for $142.5 million in Recovery Partners GP Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, and Revoker LLP, of England v. Irakli Rukhadze, Igor Alexeev, Benjamin Marson, Hunnewell Partners (UK) LLP, Hunnewell Partners (BVI) Limited, Park Street (GP) Limited, Park Street (BR) Limited, Park Street (GS) Limited, and Park Street (L) Limited at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton et al: Complaint (‘Racketeering’)

Complaint alleging racketeering in Donald J. Trump v. Hillary R. Clinton, HFACC, Inc., the Democratic National Committee, DNC Services Corporation, Perkins Coie, LLC, Michael Sussmann, Marc Elias, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Charles Halliday Dolan, Jr., Jake Sullivan, John Podesta, Robert E. Mook, Phillipe Reines, Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr, Orbis Business Intelligence, Ltd., Christopher Steele, Igor Danchenko, Neustar, Inc., Rodney Joffe, James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Kevin Clinesmith, and Andrew McCabe at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Yukos Capital Ltd. v. Russian Federation: Petition to Enforce $5B Arbitral Award

Petition to Enforce Arbitral Award that "arises from Russia’s illegal expropriation of Yukos Capital’s multi-billion dollar investments in Yukos Oil Company in the form of two loans made in 2003 and 2004" in Yukos Capital Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, described as "a former, indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Yukos Oil" v. The Russian Federation at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

VTB Bank v. Sergey Taruta et al: Judgment (‘Refusing Ogier’s application to stop acting for Russian state-owned bank’)

Judgment on i). Ogier's application to stop representing VTB Bank following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, ii). whether a Receivership Order requires "the Governor's licence" due to sanctions, and iii) whether Arrowcrest is subject to the Court's jurisdiction in JSC VTB Bank, a Russian state-owned bank v. Sergey Taruta and Arrowcrest Ltd. at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

USA v. $1M in Name of Evegnii Polianin: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding funds allegedly traceable to ransomware attacks in USA v. $1 million seized from a Binance account in the name of Evegnii Polianin at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

EG Capital Advisors: Directors

Director Details for EG Capital Advisors, obtained from the Cayman Islands General Registry on February 17th, 2022.

Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation et al v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation PJSC, described as "one of Russia’s largest full-service commercial banks" that went into administration in 2017 and received "a USD $8 billion bail-out using public funds", and National Bank Trust PJSC, described as being "owned by the Otkritie Group", to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas for use in legal proceedings in England regarding "a complex fraudulent scheme" involving "prominent Russian businessman named Boris Mints, his family, and his affiliated entities", including British Virgin Islands-domiciled Coniston Management Limited, that allegedly caused a loss of $500 million, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ukraine v. Tatneft: Motion to Quash Subpoenas (citing “Russia’s imminently threatened invasion of Ukraine”)

Notice of Ukraine's Motion to Quash or Modify Third-Party Subpoenas served on 52 financial institutions, claiming that "in the context of Russia’s imminently threatened invasion of Ukraine, a Russian oil company with close ties to the Russian government should not be permitted to use discovery in aid of a judgment as a pretext for demanding sensitive information bearing on Ukraine’s military, national security, and monetary stability" in Ukraine v. PAO Tatneft at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Ilya Lichtenstein et al: Criminal Complaint (‘$4.5B Stolen Crypto’)

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiring to defraud the United States involving Bitcoin currently "valued at over $4.5 billion" that was allegedly stolen in a 2016 hack of Bitfinex, a cryptocurrency exchange operated by a British Virgin Islands-domiciled firm in USA v. Ilya Lichtenstein, described as "a Russian-U.S. national residing in New York", and his wife, Heather Rhiannon Morgan.

BM-Bank JSC v. Naila Sadikhova: Complaint

Complaint "to pierce the corporate veil of two judgment debtors Marker LLC and Marker Craig LLC" in BM-Bank JSC, f.k.a. Bank of Moscow, described as "an international bank based in Moscow" v. Naila Sadikhova at the Eighth Judicial District Court for Clark County, Nevada.

Family Office Malta Ltd.: €3,750 Fine

Public Notice by the Malta Financial Services Authority that it has imposed a fine of €3,750 on Family Office Malta Limited for a regulatory breach.

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Brandon Ng & Cookie Choi’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Costs

Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs by Brandon Ng and Cookie Choi after a Temporary Asset Freeze Order against them was dismissed in a case in which they have been accused of stealing Bitcoin worth $80 million in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Ecuador: Dmitri Grekov et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Westpac Financial Services Company - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Ecuador - for a criminal investigation into Dmitri Andreevich Grekov, Vadim Vasilenko, Anton Vereshchagin, Oleg Kruglov, all described as citizens of Russia and "members of a drug trafficking organization", and others for suspected money laundering.
Alexei and Dmitri Ananyev

Russian investigators seek records from 3 NY banks in hunt for assets of ‘multi-billion dollar bank fraudsters Dmitri and Alexei Ananyev’

Russia's National Bank Trust is seeking records from three New York banks as part of its attempt to recover the proceeds of "a multi-billion dollar banking fraud perpetrated by two brothers, Dmitri and Alexei Ananyev", who are allegedly linked with entities in several jurisdictions, including Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Cyprus, Marshall Islands, and Seychelles.

PJSC National Bank Trust v. JPMorgan Chase NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by PJSC National Bank Trust, of Russia, to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase NA, Bank of New York Mellon, and Citibank NA for use in legal proceedings in Cyprus regarding "a multi-billion dollar banking fraud perpetrated by two brothers, Dmitri and Alexei Ananyev", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.