Russia

Eridamis II: ‘Court Supervision’ Petition

Petition for Court Supervision of a Voluntary Liquidation by Margot MacInniss and John Henry, of Grant Thornton, in the matter of Eridamis II  (in Voluntary Liquidation), described as "a holding company for a yacht" whose shares are held by Emil Pirumov and whose "liabilities exceed its assets by approximately €5.6 million", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Roman Spiridonov v. JPMorgan Chase Bank et al: Discovery Application

Application by Roman Vladimirovich Spiridonov to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase Bank and Citibank N.A. for use in "a pending Russian Bankruptcy Proceeding concerning Igor Vladislavovich Soglaev", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Roman Sterlingov: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business known as "Bitcoin Fog" in USA v. Roman Sterlingov, a citizen of Russia residing in Sweden, at that U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Denis Sotnikov: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement regarding allegations of investment fraud and money laundering in USA v. Denis Sotnikov, a citizen of Russia residing in the United States, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

USA v. Denis Sotnikov: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging investment fraud and money laundering in USA v. Denis Sotnikov, described as a citizen of Russia residing in Florida, USA, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Kumtor Gold Company CJSC et al: Chapter 11 Petition

Chapter 11 Petition by Kumtor Gold Company CJSC and Kumtor Operating Company CSJC, both of the Kyrgyz Republic and owned by Centerra Gold Inc., of Toronto, Canada, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Creditors include companies in Belarus, Belgium, Canada, China, England, Finland, Gibraltar, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, and Switzerland.

Wilhelmus Johannes van Opzeeland et al v. Cannafornia Holdings Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a cannabis-based investment fraud in Wilhelmus Johannes van Opzeeland, a citizen of the Netherlands residing in Singapore; Qi Guan, a citizen of China residing in England, and Mindaugas Montvilas, a citizen and resident of Lithuania v. Cannafornia Holdings Inc. and Paul King at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Definition Services Inc. v. GVA Capital Ltd.: Notice of Removal

Defendant's Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint alleging a "brazen attempt by an investment manager, GVA Capital, to steal the substantial gains of its investor" amounting to "hundreds of millions of dollars" in Definition Services Inc., of the British Virgin Islands v. GVA Capital Ltd., described as a Cayman Islands company based in San Francisco, California, USA, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Prior Capital Cy Ltd.: €100K Settlement

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that "executive Board Members" Konstantin Yasnov, Vladimir Zalogin, and Ekaterina Zalogina have paid €100,000 to settle a regulatory investigation into Prior Capital Cy Ltd.

Makhpal Karibzhanova v. Aidan Karibzhanov: Discovery Application

Application by Makhpal Karibzhanova, who "is a citizen of Kazakhstan and is the former wife of a wealthy and politically-connected Kazakh businessman, Aidan Karibzhanov", for an order of judicial assistance "to obtain testimony and documentary evidence to assist in discovery for use in prospective Kazakhstan civil proceedings" involving her former husband, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Patokh Chodiev v. Refinitiv US LLC et al: Discovery Application

Application by Patokh Chodiev, described as a "successful international businessperson and philanthropist" and director of "Eurasian Resources Group" with a residence in London who is "originally from Uzbekistan" but also a citizen of Russia and Belgium, to take discovery from Refinitiv US LLC and Thomson Reuters Holdings Inc. for use in "contemplated English court proceedings" against Refinitiv Limited "arising from its publication in its commercial product, the World-Check Risk Intelligence Service database, of a poorly supported and damaging report on Mr. Chodiev that has harmed and continues to harm him", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Roman Sterlingov: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering and unlicensed money transmission involving a "darknet money laundering service" called "Bitcoin Fog" in USA v. Roman Sterlingov, described as a citizen of Russia and Sweden, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Tatiana Akhmedova v. Farkhad Akhmedov et al: Judgment

Judgment for hundreds of millions of dollars in favor of a "wife" who "has been the victim of a series of schemes designed to put every penny of the Husband's wealth beyond her reach" involving individuals, companies, and structures in Bermuda, Cyprus, Dubai, England, France, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Panama, Russia, and Switzerland in Tatiana Akhmedova v. Farkhad Teimur Ogly Akhmedov, a citizen of Russia; Woodblade Limited, of Cyprus; Cotor Investment SA, of Panama; Qubo 1 Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Qubo 2 Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Straight Establishment, of Liechtenstein; Avenger Assets Corporation, of Panama; Counselor Trust Reg, of Liechtenstein, as Trustee of certain Trusts; Sobaldo Establishment, of Liechtenstein, as Trustee of certain Trusts; Temur Akhmedov, described as "a British citizen who lives in London", and Borderedge Limited, of Cyprus, at the High Court of Justice, for England and Wales.

Pavel Cherkashin v. GVA Capital Ltd. et al: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons in Pavel Cherkashin, who appears to be based in San Francisco, California, USA, individually and on behalf of GVA Capital Ltd. v. GVA Capital Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, and Odrison Investments Limited, described as a Cyprus company "controlled by ... Magomed Musaev, a Russian national domiciled in the Russian Federation", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

USA v. Denis Sotnikov: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging investment fraud and money laundering in USA v. Denis Sotnikov, described as a citizen of Russia residing in the United States, at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Sutev AG: Public Warning

Public Warning by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority that Sutev AG is suspected of "conducting unauthorised activities in the financial market". Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Swiss Commercial Registry showed that the sole director of Sutev AG is Diego Andre Tanner, of Zurich, Switzerland, while a former director is Alexey Babkin, a citizen of Russia.

Nikolay Falin v. Magnus Thorstenn: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Nikolay Anatolyevich Falin, described as "a Russian businessperson and the owner of the Maximum Group, a group of Russian companies engaged in the transportation of oversized and industrial cargo", to take discovery from Magnus Gylfi Thorstenn, described as a lawyer in New York, for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands involving allegations of fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

PJSC National Bank Trust v. Natalia Pirogova et al: Complaint

Complaint "to undo the fraudulent conveyances" in PJSC National Bank Trust, of Russia v. Natalia Pirogova, of Russia; NMP-Group LLC, Madison 33 Owner LLC, Luiza Dubrovsky, 172 Madison NP Holding LLC, 172 Madison NP Member LLC, Madison 33 Partners LLC, FGP 1 LLC, Serhii Yefimtsev, M Investment Capital LLC, Mark Shvartsburd, and Alexander Forkosh at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

VTB Bank PJSC v. Mikhail Babel: $43M Judgment

Judgment for $43 million in VTB Bank PJSC, of Russia v. Mikhail Aleksandrovich Babel, a.k.a. Michael Babel, described as a citizen of Russia, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Kings.

Nicholas Petruzzi v. Qiwi Plc et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Nicholas Petruzzi v. Qiwi Plc, described as a Cyprus company that "purports to operate electronic online payment systems primarily in Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Belarus, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, and internationally" in Boris Kim, Sergey Solonin, Alexander Karavaev, and Varvara Kiseleva at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Aleksei Korotaev: Disqualification

Public Notice by the Mauritius Financial Services Commission that it has disqualified Aleksei Korotaev, a citizen of Russia, who was described as "the director and ultimate beneficial owner" of Private Kapital Partners Asset Management (Mauritius) Limited, for regulatory breaches.

State Development Corp. v. Nutcracker Holdings Ltd.: Restoration & Winding Up Petition

Petition for Restoration and Winding Up in State Development Corporation, described as a Russian "state corporation" v. Nutcracker Holdings Limited,  whose "sole shareholder" was Andrey Konchalovsky, a.k.a. Andrey Mikhalkov, and which allegedly owes $127 million regarding the financing of "The Nutcracker" movie that, inter alia, involved an entity in the British Virgin Islands that "may have been owned and/or controlled by Mr. Konchalovsky", at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Rasel Ltd. et al v. Michael Gauss: Bankruptcy Petition

Involuntary Chapter 7 Petition by alleged creditors with claims totaling $9.4 million in Rasel Ltd., of Beverly Hills, CA; Consul Group RE 2021, S.R.L., of Costa Rica; NEEW TNG, formerly known as RSW Investment Group, Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; SWIG America Consulting LLC, of Lanham, MD; Arteam Consult, Ltd., of Lanham, MD; Genius of Wealth, LLC, of London, England, and SWIG International Ltd., of London, England v. Michael I. Gauss, a.k.a. Mikhail Gauss, a.k.a. Michael I. Syroejine, a.k.a. Mikhail Gass, a.k.a. Michael Ivan Syroejine, a.k.a. Mikhail Syrojeschin, a.k.a. Mikhail Syroetine, a.k.a. Michael Fuss, a.k.a. Michael Guss, a.k.a. Mikhail Syroejin, a.k.a. Michael Syrojeschin, of Santa Barbara, CA, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Petition for the Central District of California.

Dale Ochakoff v. Qiwi Plc et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Dale H. Ochakoff v. Qiwi Plc, described as a Cyprus company that "purports to operate electronic online payment systems primarily in the Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Belarus, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, and internationally"; Boris Kim, Sergey Solonin, Alexander Karavaev, and Varvara Kiseleva at the . S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Lake Holding & Finance S.A. v. UBS AG et al: Discovery Application

Application by Lake Holding & Finance S.A., described as a British Virgin Islands company beneficially owned by Vladimir Vasilyevich Melnichenko, of Russia, to take discovery from UBS AG, Societe Generale/SG Private Bank, Banque Lombard Odier & Cie AG, a.k.a. Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie; CIM Banque SA, Kookmin Bank (Korea), Credit Suisse, PJSC Sberbank, Bank of America N.A., Citibank, N.A., Merrill Lynch Capital Corporation, Union Bancaire Privee CBI-TDB, Geneva, and BSI SA, Lugano for use in legal proceedings in Cyprus, France, Monaco, Russia, and Switzerland regarding alleged fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

JSC BTA Bank v. Wells Fargo Bank et al: Discovery Application

Application by JSC BTA Bank, of Kazakhstan, to take discovery from Wells Fargo Bank, NA, Wells Fargo & Company, Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors Network LLC, and related entities; Yvgeny Bukrinsky, d.b.a. Omega Enterprises, described as an "accountant/tax preparer"; "certain business entities owned or operated by Elvira Kudryashova, namely, Anthill Shopnplay (a/k/a Anthill Fashion Market, Anthill Shopnplay LLC, and Kud Vintage) and Edward Hill Bakery party N beyond"; Granite Escrow and Settlement Services, Escrow of the West, Jason Bradshaw, d.b.a. Bradshaw Residential Group, described as a "real estate agent", and Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC for use in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom and "a pending criminal investigation in Kazakhstan", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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Torgovy Dom KAToil OOO v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Application by Torgovy Dom KAToil OOO, described as a Russian company that is "a wholly owned subsidiary of C.A.T. oil AG, a publicly-traded Austrian company", to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Bank of New York Mellon, N.A., Bank of America, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank N.A., and The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C. for use in "contemplated legal proceedings" in Russia against Victoria Sokolova for suspected fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

PJSC National Bank Trust v. Natalia Pirogova et al: Summons with Notice

Summons With Notice regarding "fraudulent conveyances of assets by or for the benefit of defendant Natalia Pirogova" in PJSC National Bank Trust v. Natalia Pirogova, of Russia; NMP-Group LLC, Madison 33 Owner LLC, Luiza Dubrovsky, 172 Madison NP Holding LLC, 172 Madison NP Member LLC, Madison 33 Partners LLC, FGP 1 LLC, Serhii Yefimtsev, M Investment Capital LLC, Mark Shvartsburd, and Alexander Forkosh at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency v. The Bank of New York Mellon et al: Discovery Application

Application by State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency, of Russia, on behalf of JSC International Bank of St. Petersburg, to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon and Citibank N.A. "for use in forthcoming fraud proceedings in a Russian court against Sergei Bazhanov, Alexander Zuev, and Hervet Investments Limited", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

FinTailor Investments Ltd.: €46K Fine

Public Notice by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission that it has imposed a fine of €46,000 on FinTailor Investments Ltd. for regulatory breaches. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert showed that, in corporate filings on July 21st and October 29th, 2020, respectively, FinTailor Investments Limited identified its sole shareholder as Alkis Aloneftis, of Cyprus, and its directors as Alkis Aloneftis, Constantinos Hadjimiltis, also of Cyprus, and Dmitry Blokhin, a citizen of Russia, while the company's website at www.fintailor.com identified its "Board of Directors" as Kirill Lyushinskiy, "Managing Director"; Natalia Sorokina, "Independent Non-Executive Director", and Constantinos Hadjimiltis, "Independent Non-Executive Director".

PJSC Uralsib Bank v. Citibank NA et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by PJSC Uralsib Bank to take discovery from Citibank NA, The Bank of New York Mellon, Société Générale, New York; HSBC Bank USA, N.A., BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC, Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas, Bank of Nova Scotia, UBS AG, Bank of America, N.A., Standard Chartered Bank US, Commerzbank AG US, Bank of China, New York Branch; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and The Clearing House Payments Company, LLC for use in a "contemplated proceeding" in Russia against Nikolay Ivanovich Pasyada for suspected fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Aleksej Gubarev et al v. Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. et al: Judgment (Defamation)

Approved Judgment in favor of the defendants regarding a libel complaint about "an article published by BuzzFeed Inc on its news website on 10 January 2017, under the headline 'These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia'" in Aleksej Gubarev, described as a Russian "businessman and entrepreneur" residing in Cyprus, and Webzilla Limited, of Cyprus v. Orbis Business Intelligence Limited and Christopher Steele, both of England, at the High Court of Justice, in London, England.

USA v. Yuriy Andrienko et al: Criminal Indictment

Indictment against six "officers" of a Russian "military intelligence agency" alleging a computer hacking and fraudulent scheme "to undermine, retaliate against, or otherwise destabilize: (1) Ukraine; (2) the country of Georgia; (3) France's elections; ( 4) efforts to hold Russia accountable for its use of a weapons-grade nerve agent on foreign soil; and (5) the 2018 Winter Olympics after a Russian government-sponsored doping effort led to Russian athletes being unable to participate under the Russian flag" in USA v. Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, Pavel Valeryevichfrolov, Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev, Artem Valeryevich Ochichenko, and Petr Nikolayevich Pliskinat the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Galina Trunina et al v. Peters International (Cayman) Ltd. et al: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons alleging "a dishonest scheme" in Galina Trunina and 114 other individuals v. Peters International (Cayman) Limited, of the Cayman Islands; Peters International Investment BV, of Curaçao; Promsvyaz Capital BV, of the Netherlands, and Dmitri Ananyev, of Cyprus, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

National Bank Trust v. Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company et al: Discovery Application

Application by National Bank Trust to take discovery from Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company, Wells Fargo Bank, and Summit Investment Management Ltd. for use in legal proceedings in England alleging fraud against Ilya Yurov, Sergey Belyaev, Nikolay Fetisov, Nataliya Yurova, Irina Belyaeva, and Elena Pischulina and "in aid of enforcement of a judgment entered in the U.K. Action in the approximate amount of U.S. $900 million", filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

UrtheCast Corp. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of Foreign Main Proceedings in Canada by Sai Chu, of Ernst & Young, as the Foreign Representative of UrtheCast Corp., of Canada, "a technology company developing world-first technologies in data services, geo-analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence" whose shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange; Geosys-Int'l Inc., of Delaware; Geosys Australia Pty., of Australia; Geosys Europe SARL, of Switzerland; Geosys S.A.S., of France; Geosys do Brasil Sistemas de Informacao Agriocola Ltda, of Brazil, and Deimos Imaging S.L.U., of Spain, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota.

SEC sues John McAfee for ‘$23M ICO fraud’ in New York

Famous computer programmer John McAfee was today sued by the SEC in New York for allegedly swindling his Twitter followers by recommending they buy Initial Coin Offerings by entities in Belize, Nigeria, Romania, U.K. and U.S. without disclosing that he received $23 million in hidden compensation.
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