Australia asked Russia to help with the case against Russian businessmen

The Commissioner of the Australian Federal police Andrew Colvin

The Commissioner of the Australian Federal police Andrew Colvin appealed to the head of the MIA of Russia Vladimir Kolokoltsev with a request to help in the investigation into possible money laundering by Russian businessmen, informs “RIA Novosti”. Australian authorities suspect invested in this country, businessmen from Russia in money laundering. On what the Russian businessmen, the representative of the Australian side did not elaborate.

Colvin in conversation with Kolokoltsev in the framework of the conference of the Association of national police, ASEAN (ASEANAPOL) held in Malaysia, said that Australia had already sent a request to Russian authorities to “formalize an assistance and get some statements from these persons.”

“If we could transmit the investigation to your representatives, it might be easier to understand in this case,” said the Commissioner of police of Australia. He stressed that Australia would be “very grateful” if the Russian interior Ministry will assist it.

Kolokoltsov, in turn, declared readiness of the Russian police to connect to this issue.

In February this year The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Australian authorities have frozen the assets of the investment Fund Pala Investments Russian businessman Vladimir Joriha in the amount of $116 million, the Fund was accused of failing to pay income tax in 2009-2011.

Iorich Pala Investments was founded in 2007 after selling his stake in the company “Mechel”, where for several years he was the head of “Mechel trading AG. Until 2014, was included in the Forbes list of billionaires.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, in 2007, the Russians acquired a 13.3% stake in the Australian Avoca Resources. In 2010, Avoca Resources was merged with Anatolia Minerals to create a company Alacer Gold. The Pala Fund also owns a controlling stake in Nevada Copper traded on the Toronto stock exchange and the company’s Sierra Rutile, whose shares are traded in London.