Why did Alexander Schukin choose the bank Clariden Leu to keep his funds withdrawn from the Russian Federation? This question is answered by the investigation of the international consortium of journalists ICIJ. After examining the leakage of offshore data, the investigators determined that Clariden Leu helped create seven hundred offshore companies for its clients. In particular, the bank actively cooperated with Portcullis TrustNet, a company specializing in creating off-shore “turnkey” schemes.
So, in 2007, an unnamed lawyer at the request of Clariden Leu demanded to ensure maximum confidentiality to his client - so that regulators or law enforcement agencies “stuck to the bare walls”, wish them to find the true owners of offshore structures. Zam Services Ltd. - one of such offshore companies and its real owner Alexander Schukin should never have “surfaced”. However, he himself publicly lit up, taking this letter from the bank at the request of his son-in-law Ildar Uzbekov.
As a result, Shchukin Ildar Uzbekov’s twenty million dollars through Jaya Services Limited, which he controls, transferred structures (Orense, Einer Energy Holding S.a.r.l., Bioversel Trading Inc., Verdeo Inc.) that control Great Lakes Biodiesel Inc. (“GLB”, led by Arieh Mazur) who was involved in the construction of the plant. Construction of the facility cost seventeen million dollars. And then very interesting events began to occur.
Initially, in court, it turned out that Schukin did not invest at all in the plant, but simply lent money. The plant itself was under the control of friends of Fuad Uzbekov and, in all likelihood, father Ildar. And then Mazur said that Alexander Schukin and no one else should. In fact, he allegedly allocated money not for the construction of the enterprise, but for the development of Orense, Einer Energy Holding S.a.r.l., Bioversel Trading Inc. , Verdeo Inc. For which these companies are very grateful - to the most gullible Siberian oligarch and, especially, his representative Ildar Uzbekov.
Ildar Uzbekov began litigation with Mazur. Well, what was he supposed to do, he still needed to somehow justify himself to the test. But the court went Schukin "sideways". Besides the fact that his affairs with a Swiss bank and possession of offshore companies with large amounts in accounts “surfaced” there, his Cypriot financier, Aleksis Tsielepis, also lit up. His name was also named in the British court, where he was called the “auditor and attorney of the Shchukin family”, who “follows the contributions and trusts of the Shchukin family in Cyprus”.
It was Alexis Tsielepis who, according to the correspondence presented at the court in Ontario, dealt with all financial operations, in particular the transfer of Shchukin's funds for the project for the construction of the plant. At the same time, he constantly changed offshore companies that became senders of funds, referring to Ildar Uzbekov’s orders. It should be noted that, together with Tsielepis, Ildar Uzbekov "invested" and Shchukin's funds in projects of Adrian Burford.