A wealthy Russian businessman has been arrested as part of a “major operation” on suspicion of multiple crimes, Britain’s National Crime Agency said in a statement on Saturday.
A 58-year-old man was held by officers in an NCA ‘bandit-fighting cell’ at his ‘London multi-million pound residence’ on suspicion of committing crimes including money laundering, conspiracy to deceive the Home Office – UK government department. Arrested Thursday. For immigration and passports and conspiracy to commit perjury, officials said.
A 35-year-old man employed on the premises was also accused of money laundering and police harassment “after he was seen leaving his address with a bag found to contain thousands of pounds of cash”. was arrested “nearby” on suspicion of according to the statement.
A third man, 39, the ex-boyfriend of the businessman’s current partner, was arrested at his home in Pimlico, London, on charges including money laundering and conspiracy to commit fraud, the statement said.
A person close to the investigation gave CNN details about the two men who were arrested, saying the 39-year-old was a Russian, Israeli and British citizen, and the 35-year-old was a Polish citizen. He told CNN that the 35-year-old man had not yet counted the banknotes he was carrying, but he suspected it was tens of thousands of British currency.
The three were questioned by authorities and released on bail, the statement said.
The Russian embassy in London has sent a memo to British authorities regarding the detention of a Russian citizen, according to an embassy statement obtained by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.
According to RIA Novosti, “The Russian embassy in London has sought clarification from British authorities in relation to information from the National Crime Service regarding the alleged detention of a Russian citizen in London,” reads a memo.
“The NCA’s Anti-Theft Office, which was established only this year, has been very successful in investigating potential criminal activity by oligarchs. and people associated with the Russian regime.
“We will continue to use all available forces and tactics to stop this threat,” he added.
More than 50 police officers were involved in the operation on the businessman’s London property, the statement said. was recovered.
So far, the agency says it has secured close to 100 disruptions “against Putin-related elites and their enablers” and has taken direct action against “a significant number of elites directly affecting the UK.” says.
The agency also targets “less common channels used to hide significant wealth movements, such as the sale of high-value assets through auction houses,” according to a statement.