Investigative journalists link Harmony politician to laundromat money

Take note – story published 5 years and 1 month ago

A board member of Latvia's Harmony party, and one of its major donors, has received money from offshore companies linked to well-known money laundering schemes, reports Latvia's investigative journalism outlet Re:Baltica.

In particular, a data leak of the transactions between Danske Bank and Swedbank shows.that Harmony's Aivars Bergers has received €270,000 from two offshore companies used in the Magnitsky affair and the Azerbaijani laundromat.

In 2010 and 2011, Bergers received transfers from Danske Bank to his account in Swedbank from two “post box” companies registered in the UK: Murova Systems LLP and Diron Trade LLP.

The first was used to transfer money in the massive Russian tax fraud uncovered by the late Sergei Magnitsky, the second in the “Azerbaijani laundromat” through which the Azerbaijani elite siphoned millions of dollars from the country to buy luxury goods and real estate abroad.

Bergers told Re:Baltica that he didn’t remember these transfers and would have no comment. He no longer has accounts in either bank, and therefore, allegedly, cannot check anything. 

The story goes on to probe ties between Bergers and Azerbaijani business, possible residence permit peddling, as well as Bergers' use of a fellow party member to donate to Harmony. 

Read the Re:Baltica story in its entirety HERE

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