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Gennady Timchenko: Good Friend, Bad Goalie, Possible Money Launderer

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Have you been to Brighton Beach? It’s just like the Crimea, except without the Russian troops. And since the government has declared not-entirely-but-kinda open season on all things Russian, and since the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York can practically see Little Odessa from her office, why shouldn’t her office be the one to go after one of Vladimir Putin’s buddies for money laundering?

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, aided by the Justice Department, is investigating whether Gennady Timchenko transferred funds linked to allegedly corrupt deals in Russia through the U.S. financial system, the people said….

He and Mr. Putin met in St. Petersburg, where Mr. Putin was a local official, and joined the same judo club, to which they still belong.

The two have also played hockey together as recently as May 10 in Sochi. Mr. Putin, who only started skating in 2011, scored six goals in the game.

U.S. Money-Laundering Probe Touches Putin’s Inner Circle [WSJ]


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