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This fund is controlled by Fridman, and the Luxembourg-based Letter One Group (former Altimo, which also used to manage the telecommunication business of Alfa-Group) was selling its oil and gas assets in the North Sea through it.At the same time, the billionaire businessman vehemently denies any links with Wakkie. However, two Cypriot offshore companies – Bambalia and Gelvaser – own additional 25% of shares in the Dutch holding with the Russian and Spanish capital; these companies are controlled by Vage Engibaryan, a confidant and long-term partner of Mikhail Fridman.The Central Unit for Economic and Fiscal Delinquency (Unidad Central de Delincuencia Económica y Fiscal, UCDEF) of the National Police Corps of Spain believes that the money had been withdrawn with the purpose to bribe top-ranked governmental officials in Russia.According to the German broadcaster, the Spanish police even knows the recipient (or recipients) of the bribes in the Russian circles of power, but the investigation is not going to disclose any names at this point.
Media outlets had published information about criminal roots of his business and claimed that Kolokoltsev junior was borrowing large amounts of money “under father’s guarantees” and ditching his creditors.
Zed is officially incorporated in Bermuda and controlled by Letter One Group. In 2014, Peter Wakkie had been appointed the insolvency administrator of Zed by the Amsterdam Commercial Court and continued purposively “ravaging Zed accounts”, acting in the interests of Mikhail Fridman and Letter One Group.
El Confidencial states, citing an official report of the Central Unit for Economic and Fiscal Delinquency (UCDEF), that the purpose of Wakkie’s actions was to reduce the value of Zed as much as possible and enable Letter One to buy out the remaining shares from the Spanish shareholders for next to nothing.
His involvement into the operation has revealed the primary reason behind the arrest of the Dutch lawyer: Wakkie is suspected of siphoning million from Grupo Zed with the purpose to bribe Russian functionaries.
Commenting the situation, the Spanish police refers not only to its internal operative information, but also to FBI data.