The volume withdrawn from Russia on dubious grounds funds in 2015 barely grew


MOSCOW, 8 February. The amount identified in Russia in 2015 of suspicious financial transactions that could be associated with money laundering, amounted to 11.7 trillion rubles this was reported in the Russian “financial intelligence” – the Federal service for financial monitoring (Rosfinmonitoring).

The Department explained that “laundered money” (money obtained by criminal means and introduced into the legal turnover) acquire such status only after the entry into force of the verdict. In this regard, the Federal financial monitoring service and credit organizations, sending in financial intelligence reports of suspicious transactions, use of the term “financial transaction in respect of which there is a suspicion that they may be related to the legalization (laundering) of criminal incomes”.

“The volume of these operations is estimated in 2015 in the amount of approximately of 11,7 trillion roubles, and almost the same size as 2014. In 2013 they amounted to 16.2 trillion rubles)”, – reported in the Federal financial monitoring service.

The volume withdrawn from Russia on dubious grounds we have no means grew up

“Overall, on dubious grounds of about 1,47 trln. rubles were transferred from Russia in 2015 and about 1.34 trillion rubles in 2014”, – reported in the Federal financial monitoring service. In 2013, its volume amounted to about 2.5 trillion rubles.

“The increase in absolute terms in 2015 are minor, especially given the sharp jump in the cost of foreign exchange that occurred in late 2014”, – noted in financial intelligence.

The admission from abroad in Russia for the same (questionable – ed.) the reason was: in 2015, approximately 215 billion rubles, in 2014 – about 340 billion rubles, in 2013 – about 500 billion rubles.

The number engaged in Russia to justice for “money laundering” is growing

According to the Chief information and analytical center of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia in 2015 was identified 863 crimes related to legalization (laundering) of proceeds from crime. Most were crimes of “smoothnes” (article 174.1 of the criminal code, when a person legalizes the means received by them as a result of the crime – theft, corruption, tax evasion, etc.) for 2015 identified 802 cases (15.4% more than in 2014). Thus the remaining 61 crime falls on article 174 of the criminal code, when “laundered” foreign money laundering.

Over the past year in Russia revealed 657 persons who committed crimes connected with legalization of their own or others criminal proceeds.

In 2015 the investigative law enforcement units were sent to the court 627 criminal cases connected with “laundering”, by 18.3% more than in 2014.

Militiamen have combined the approaches to the laundering

The last two years law enforcement bodies of Russia have closer approaches to combating the “laundering”. So, in July of last year, the Plenum of the Supreme court of the Russian Federation confirmed that activity of law enforcement bodies and courts, there is some discrepancy of positions in the qualification of crimes, provided by articles 174 and 174.1 of the criminal code. In this regard, the Plenum of the Supreme court provided clarifications that have practical value, in that the laundering is considered a crime to “give a lawful appearance to possession, use and disposal of monetary funds or other property acquired by criminal means or as a result of the offence”.

The Russian Federation has established anti-money laundering mechanism that meets international standards, said the Federal service for financial monitoring. At present, almost all the law enforcement agencies operated special units, in which duties include prevention, identification and suppression of economic crimes, including “money laundering”.

Last year, the Russian financial intelligence service sent to law enforcement agencies, more than 22 thousand responses with information about financial relations of the persons involved in investigations. Using materials of Rosfinmonitoring brought about 1,5 thousand criminal cases.