Media: the U.S. is investigating the operations of Deutsche Bank for violation of sanctions against Russia


LONDON, October 26. U.S. authorities began an investigation against Deutsche Bank for possible violations of sanctions against Russia, reported the Financial Times.

“Mirror transaction”

“The American investigation into the activities of Deutsche Bank in Russia is expanding, – the newspaper writes, – the investigation in connection with suspicions of money laundering through its Moscow office was expanded and now includes the study of possible sanctions violations”.

The newspaper thus refers to its sources, familiar with the progress of the investigation.

According to her, the Bank staff suspected that they were helping his customers to make the so-called mirror transactions. They lay in the fact that the client bought the shares in rubles through Moscow office of Deutsche Bank, and then sold similar securities through its London office for currency, including dollars.

The U.S. justice Department and new York Department of financial services studying operations of $6 billion.

The reason for the investigation into the activities of the Moscow and London offices of German Bank by the U.S. authorities was that part of the suspicious transactions conducted through the clearing center in the United States and their implementation was allegedly involved employees of the Bank, which is the American citizens.

Us investigators are trying to identify whether a “mirror transaction” in the interests of Russian customers, which can extend American sanctions in connection with events in Ukraine.

U.S. sanctions and the EU

The United States began to impose sanctions against Russia in connection with events in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea with Russia in March 2014. The bills got a number of Russian banks and companies, as well as high-ranking officials, was banned “the export of American goods, technologies and services to Crimea”. American investment in the Peninsula, too, was outlawed.

The sanctions had been extended and extended. Today, under the sanctions fall 98 and 100 companies, banks and organizations.

The European Union in 2014 had also imposed sanctions against the Russian Federation and repeatedly expanded and renewed. Were suspended talks on visa-free regime and on a new basic agreement on cooperation, a ban on entry to EU countries for officials from the Russian Federation and frozen their assets, the restrictive measures imposed trade, financial and military nature.

Just in the sanctions lists were 151 people and 37 entities. Sectoral sanctions apply to 20 Russian financial, oil and defense structures.