[caption id="attachment_27397" align="alignnone" width="619"] Photo: Interpol[/caption]
Monaco authorities have detained the former Chairman of the Board of a Russian bank on an Interpol warrant, according to Tass, the official Russian news agency.
Vladimir Gudkov is suspected of being complicit in embezzling at least 500 million roubles, about €7.24 million, along with other senior office holders at Investtorgbank, according to respected business paper Kommersant, although Moscow’s Ministry of Internal affairs has not confirmed the name.
The alleged fraud involved the purchase and sale of mortgages between the bank and a brokerage company. Russian investigators claim that no real business was carried out by the brokerage. The case has been active since 2016. After the arrest of other suspects, Gudkov disappeared and was put on the Interpol list.
[caption id="attachment_27269" align="alignnone" width="567"] The symbolic delivery of the Disneyland Paris Leaders Cup LNB ticket to AS Monaco Basketball Vice President Paul Masseron and Captain Amara Sy, certifying the AS qualification. Monaco Basketball at the competition. Photo: Manuel Vitali/DC[/caption]
Monaco’s basketball team – and its growing band of enthusiastic fans – have another event to look forward to following the team’s unbeaten winning streak this season.
The National Basketball League, Disneyland Paris, and AS Monaco Basket announced that the Roca Team, double titleholder, has qualified to play in the 2018 Disneyland Paris Leaders Cup LNB, which will take place from Friday, February 16, to Sunday, February 18, at Disneyland Paris.
A symbolic entrance ticket was delivered in a ceremony at the Salle Gaston-Médecin at Stade Louis II during the match between AS Monaco Basket and CSP Limoges on Sunda, the 16th day of Pro A.
For their first game of 2018, Roca Team scored more than 100 points to beat Limoges CSP 105-90.
Each game a Pro A team exceeds 100 points, 10 season’s tickets can be won by fans registered on the Facebook platform of SFR Sport.
Monaco’s overall crime rate fell sharply in 2017 from 2016, but within the overall figures are some notable exceptions.
According to the annual crime figures released on Tuesday, January 16, the number of enquiries into money laundering increased over the 12 months to a total of 188, compared to 127 in 2016, an increase of almost 50 percent.
The number of enquiries launched by SICCFIN, the body that investigates money laundering and other major financial crimes increased from 220 in 2016 to 293 in 2017. Meanwhile, the number of thefts through the criminal use of bank cards fell from 25 in the previous year to just eight in 2017.
The only other area in which there was a major jump in delinquency was possession of drugs, which went from 64 cases in 2016 to 121 in 2017. Drug dealing cases remained more or less stable, with five enquiries in 2017 compared to six in 2016.