Alleged Kazakhstan Bayrock Money Laundering Scheme

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  • BTA Bank made intracompany loans with Netherlands subsidiary TuranAlem Finance B.V. as part of the scheme.
  • In 2007 Bracewell & Giuliani advised BTA and TuranAlem Finance B.V. on $1 billion debt deal that may have been part of the scheme.
  • The revelation that funds were stolen occurred in 2009.

The entire Khrapunov family was involved:

  • Leila Khrapunov — Viktor’s wife
  • Ilyas Khrapunov — married to Mukhtar Ablyazov’s daughter Madina
  • Elvira Kudryashova — Leila’s daughter and Viktor’s stepdaughter
  • Kazbay B.V. was set up in 2007 as a joint venture of Leila Khrapunov’s Helvetic Capital S.A. and Tevfik Arif’s Bayrock B.V.
  • Kazbay B.V. was set-up by Rudy Giuliani’s firm Bracewell & Giuliani
  • Ilyas Khrapunov’s Swiss Development Group (SDG) allegedly worked with Felix Sater and Daniel Ridloff and laundered up to $40 million
  • Swiss Development Group (SDG) partnered with Tevfik Arif’s Bayrock on Hotel du Parc in Geneva

The following complaint was filed by human rights organization AVAAZ related to the Khrapunov fraud and includes source notes and links.

(Note: the author was a consultant to AVAAZ on this complaint)

The story on Kazbay which was set-up by Bracewell & Giuliani was originally reported by McClatchy, Dutch broadcaster Zembla and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project:

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Freelance journalist. All new work is now published on my new site https://newstracs.com/ (you can subscribe there for email updates)