Spanishnewspapers «El Mundo» and «El Paнs» accused Russian citizens instealing funds of the government of Equatorial Guinea in the amountof $ 26.4 million, which, according to the Spanish information, theGuinean officials were going to spend for purchase of real propertyin Spain. These newspapers inform as if Russian citizens Vladimir andJulia Kokorevs, who have been residing in Spain since 1997, havetaken money off the account of Equatorial Guinean President TheodoroObiang Ngema Mbasogo and escaped.
Knowingthat our Spanish colleagues have such a sin as Russophobia, wedecided to analyze the reasons given in these papers.
Wemanaged to investigate that Russian citizens Vladimir and JuliaKokorevs have been residing in Spain since middle 1990s and opened ashipyard there. Vladimir Kokorev is a former Soviet diplomat and, aswe found out, a well-deserved person. He is a doctor of philology.His works on Africa are still taught in Russian universities.
Readingattentively the said publications, we noticed a series of clearinconsistencies. «El Mundo» and «El Paнs» refer to Kokorev’sKalunga as a phantom company. However, Kalunga is a notoriousshipping company in West Africa. As we managed to investigate, forseveral years, Kalunga worked under contracts on cargo and passengerfreight and service of ships in Africa, in particular, undercontracts with the government of Equatorial Guinea. Then may be thesetransfers from American bank Riggs to the account of Kalunga withSpanish Santander were mere payments under these contracts? Asto the amounts of these payments, this is sea freight rather thansale of snacks!
So,our Spanish colleagues are somewhat cunning. There is anotheralarming fact. The fact that all political games in Spain use the“Russian Mafia trace” as the change. And this fact is notpleasant.
P.S. As we managed to investigate, the Kokorevs have not escaped anywhere.And they are not going to escape but are ready to answer all thenecessary questions both to the Spanish prosecutors and competentnews agencies.
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