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20 Feb 2021
Wargaming LLC accused of money laundering in Ukraine

Wargaming LLC company is one of the most famous game developers in the world and the CIS countries, was convicted of money laundering in Ukraine due to cooperation with the Ukrainian company GlobalMoney, which appears in several criminal cases.


Three months ago, it was announced that the GlobalMoney Ukrainian company has become a provider of gaming services by Wargaming LLC for Vodafone and Kyivstar mobile carriers in Ukraine. The GlobalMoney system processes payments received from the balance of Ukrainian mobile operators to replenish the game accounts in World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, and World of Warships.


In August 2020, People’s Deputy of Ukraine Aleхandr Dubinsky published the following information on his website  – Main Directorate for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is conducting counterintelligence investigation under № 3463. In this regard, the banks of the scheme have already received a request from the Security Service to provide information on the movement of funds of clients of the GlobalMoney company. The investigation is being conducted on the basis of an audit report by the financial monitoring of the National Bank of Ukraine


According to the Security Service of Ukraine, in 2018-2020, a group of individuals introduced illegal financial mechanisms aimed at tax evasion and legalization (laundering) of dirty money on an especially large scale. According to SBU investigators, the main participant in the criminal scheme is the management and owners of GlobalMoney. Other companies are also involved in the illegal scheme.


In 2015, the influential Ukrainian newspaper Zerkalo Nyedeli published an article informing the audience that the Security Service of Ukraine and law enforcement agencies suspect GlobalMoney of transferring cash from the territories of the so-called LPR and DPR not controlled by Ukraine, as well as financing terrorist groups in these territories.

At the end of 2020, GlobalMoney got into another scandal. Ukrainian law enforcement agencies accused a large electronics retailer, the ALLO chain of stores, of evading taxation with the help of electronic money from the GlobalMoney payment system. The criminal case is still under investigation.


The official owners of GlobalMoney are Vladimir Karpov and Konstantin Tveritin. However, journalists and law enforcement officers believe that the real owner of the GlobalMoney company is Vyacheslav Strelkovsky, who is closely associated with Vladimir Karpov. They conduct business in the Czech Republic. These people and their family members own several companies in the Czech Republic. For example, the Czech Fishki.Cz company is owned by Vyacheslav Strelkovsky’s wife Diana Strelkovskaya and Vladimir Karpov. This information is confirmed by the official authorities of the Czech Republic.

American journalists from the California Herald, together with Ukrainian journalists, conducted an investigation into the criminal activities of Vyacheslav Strelkovsky and his firms. In Ukraine, this person has created and controls a number of companies through which dirty money is laundered, including large companies that want to avoid paying taxes. We are talking about tens of millions of dollars a year. This money is used to buy expensive real estate in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, European countries, as well as bribes and corrupt Ukrainian officials. It is the large-scale corruption that allows Vyacheslav Strelkovsky and his companies, including GlobalMoney, to work in Ukraine. The Ukrainian authorities, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky cannot stop this corruption and criminal activities of Vyacheslav Strelkovsky, against whose companies the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies have opened criminal cases.


The structure of the “conversion center” of Vyacheslav Strelkovsky includes dozens of enterprises and companies that provide services for the illegal formation of expenses for real business entities. After that, these funds are converted into cash through banking institutions, individuals, importing companies, and wholesale warehouses. For this illegal operation, the conversion center takes a fee of 10-15% of the total converted amount. According to the US media, they return the funds to the customers, which are real operating enterprises, together with illegally issued accounting and tax documents.


American and Ukrainian journalists are wondering why Wargaming LLC decided to cooperate with GlobalMoney accused of money laundering, terrorist financing, and other crimes. The largest share of the money that passes through the GlobalMoney payment system is associated with money laundering.

All financial accounts of Wargaming LLC and Hellenic Bank, which is owned by this company, must be checked by law enforcement agencies of the United States and European countries, including Cyprus since “dirty” money enters these accounts through Ukraine and GlobalMoney.





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