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Statement by Andrei Borodin

I have repeatedly pointed out that the organisers of Bank of Moscow’s take-over and of my political persecution are regularly making attempts to manipulate the Law Enforcement systems of the law-bound states. Sometimes it is effected through the provision of misleading information, but sometimes through committing explicit crimes.

Not long ago Estonian media published the information regarding a high-profile corruption scandal. A senior member of Estonian secret police Indrek Poder provided illegal services including procuring exemption from criminal liability, the issuance of Estonian passports, giving out confidential information etc. for a fee and by misusing his position and his access to information.

According to Estonian media a prominent name among these “clients” is the vice president of Bank of Moscow, its legal (!) supervisor, Udaltsova Tatiana Viktorovna. What could be the connection between the senior legal advisor of Bank of Moscow and the corrupt Estonian special agent? It is clear from the Estonian media reports that Ms Udaltsova aimed to fabricate compromising information on members of the former management of Bank of Moscow and organise an unlawful criminal prosecution in Estonia, all with the assistance of Poder. Estonia media report that for this purpose Ms Udaltsova had a number of meetings with Poder and a criminal liaison Oleg Smoli and organised the transfer of a large bribe in amount of more than hundred thousand Euros to Poder. In the opinion of the investigating journalists’ , Poder promised to find a criminal content in the sale of Estonian credit bank, previously owned by Bank of Moscow, and, if no criminal context could be identified, fabricate one.

As it should be in a civilised society, the fraud ended as it should end – Indrek Poder and Oleg Smoli have been convicted of numerous crimes. However, some of those, who used an opportunity to bribe civil servants of EC countries with an interest in a personal and/or unlawful gain, are still at large.Giving a bribe is as serious a criminal offence as receiving one. In this regard, I reserve the right to apply to EU Law Enforcement authorities, on whose territory Ms Udaltsova allegedly met with her now convicted accomplices ( in addition to Estonia this may include France and Great Britain), for protection against unlawful persecution and for the punishment of the perpetrators.

At the same time I cannot help pointing out the level of legal nihilism which the new team of Bank of Moscow came to in attempts to fabricate cases and to persecute former employees and Bank’s shareholders and their preparedness to engage in blatantly criminal methods. The example given is not unique but a very striking confirmation of this statement.