Die Aserbeidschan Mafia mit der „Signa Holding“ mit Rene Benko, kontrolliert nicht nur die Deutsche Börse, sondern viele Immobilien in Austria und Deutschland

Geldwäsche, Imperiuim von Verbrecher Clans!
Milliarden an Bestechungsgeld und Offshore Firmen, wo Geld gewaschen wird, wie bei der HSBC Bank, Deutsche Bank, Raiffeisenbank oder Goldman § Sachs.
Noch ein Gangster als Partner, nicht nur die Aserbeischan Mafia: Beny Steinmetz, der in Israel verhaftet wurde. Blut Diamanten, eigene Mord Söldner Truppe, identisch wie Carl Bildt und die Lundin Gruppe im Süd Sudan.
Signa Holding

Benko und der Diamanten-Milliardär

Joint Venture gegründet -Konzentriert sich auf Eiinkaufsstraßen in Deutschland

Rene Benko im Portrait

Der Tiroler Immobilieninvestor Rene Benko hat nun einen neuen finanzkräftigen Partner an Bord: Die Signa Prime Selection AG, die eine der fünf Kernbereiche des Immobilieninvestmentunternehmens Signa Holding bildet, sei ein Joint Venture mit der BSG Real Estate Limited (BSGRE) eingegangen, teilte ein Sprecher mit. Bereits jetzt gehört die Signa zu den führenden Immobiliengesellschaften Europas. Der neue Partner von Benko machte sein Geld mit Diamanten.

Das Gemeinschaftsunternehmen konzentriere sich auf Haupteinkaufsstraßen in Deutschland. Der Wert der Innenstadt-Objekte wird mit einem Wert von mehr als 2 Mrd. Euro angegeben. Mit einem Investitionsvolumen von insgesamt rund 5,5 Mrd. Euro gehört die Signa Holding zu den führenden Immobiliengesellschaften in Zentraleuropa.

Der neue Partner gehört zum Firmenimperium des im Diamantengeschäft tätigen israelischen Milliardärs Beny Steinmetz. Mit der Steinmetz Diamond Group gilt der angeblich zweitreichste Israeli als größter Einzelkunde von De Beers.

Hälfte der Immobilien in Deutschland

Neben den Investments in die Bereiche Bergbau/Rohstoffe und konzentriert sich Steinmetz auf Immobilien – seit rund zwanzig Jahren investiert er den Unternehmensangaben zufolge in Wohn-, Geschäfts-, und Einzelhandelsobjekte.

Mit dem Erwerb der Konzernzentrale der Deutschen Börse AG in Eschborn bei Frankfurt, dem Münchner Traditionskaufhaus Oberpollinger sowie den 17 Karstadt-Kaufhäusern (inklusive dem KaDeWe in Berlin) hat Benko mittlerweile mehr als die Hälfte seines Portfolios in Deutschland investiert – 2012 trat er dort als größter Investor auf.

Seit seinem Wechsel in den Beirat fungiert René Benko als Vorsitzender; stellvertretender Vorsitzender ist der ehemalige österreichische Bundeskanzler Alfred Gusenbauer (dieser ist u. a. auch Aufsichtsratsvorsitzender der Strabag sowie Vorsitzender der Haselsteiner Privatstiftung). Weiters sitzen im Beirat: Roland Berger, Walid A. Chammah, Günter Koller, Eduardo Leemann (CEO Falcon Private Bank Zürich), Karl Samstag (ehemaliger CEO der Bank Austria UniCredit), Susanne Riess, Karl Stoss, Rainer De Backere (vormals CIO Westfälische Provinzial Versicherung), Peter Hasskamp (ehemaliger Vorstandsvorsitzender der Bremer Landesbank), Ernst Tanner und Wendelin Wiedeking.[10][11]

Auszug aus dem Immobilienvermögen

Das neue Verwaltungsgebäude der Deutschen Börse in Eschborn bei Frankfurt (The Cube), die von der KaDeWe Group gemieteten Luxuskaufhäuser KaDeWe in Berlin, Alsterhaus in Hamburg und Oberpollinger in bester Münchner Innenstadtlage, sowie Objekte in der Wiener Fußgängerzone der Mariahilfer Straße sind Teil des Signa-Portfolios; ebenso weitere Häuser in den Zentren von München und Berlin.[12] In Österreich zählen unter anderem das Kaufhaus Tyrol als auch die Immobilien des Goldenen Quartiers in Wien oder das an den Verfassungsgerichtshof und das Kunstforum vermietete, gleichnamige Gebäude auf der Freyung und eines der beiden Häuser, in dem sich Meinl am Graben befindet, zum Signa-Portfolio. Im Dezember 2013 wurde bekannt, dass die Signa die Wiener Postsparkasse, Sitz der Bawag P.S.K., gekauft und langfristig an die Bank zurückvermietet hat.[13]

Azerbaijani Regime Insider Brings Millions to Vienna’s Golden Quarter

With polo shirts selling for €1,760 and tailored suits priced as high as €50,000, shopping at Kiton, an Italian fashion boutique in Vienna’s fashionable First District, is reserved for the wealthy.

The offices and penthouse apartments above the store also come with hefty price tags. In fact, they are among the most expensive in the city. Their largest single owner, René Benko, 40, is a well-known Austrian real estate mogul who has publicized this exclusive urban district as the “Golden Quarter.”

With the arrival of the Kiton store in 2014, the upscale neighborhood gained a curious tenant. One of the men behind it, Rasim Asadov, is an Azerbaijani businessman and regime insider who appears to have access to significant wealth.

His store has posted repeated losses and owed millions of euros of rent to a subsidiary of Benko’s powerful Signa Group development firm. Nevertheless, Asadov and his partners invested additional money into the business, enabling it to stay afloat.

In addition to the boutique, Asadov, 37, owns a valuable condo in the Golden Quarter that he purchased through a legal loophole, as well as another Austrian company that manages large sums of money.

But, though he may be a valuable tenant for the Golden Quarter, Asadov isn’t simply an enterprising businessman.

He is the son of Azerbaijan’s first post-independence minister of internal affairs – and a key player in the Azerbaijani Laundromat, a slush fund that was used to pay out large sums of money to European politicians and their family members who spoke positively about the Caucasian dictatorship. The scandal has already led to the resignation of a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Asadov is also a business partner of the cousin of Mehriban Aliyeva, Azerbaijan’s Vice President and the wife of President Ilham Aliyev.

2.5 Billion Euros Flowed Through Dark Channels

In early September, journalists from the Danish newspaper Berlingske and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) reported on a series of suspicious transactions out of Azerbaijan, a dictatorship run by the Aliyev family. Some €2.5 billion allegedly flowed from the country’s ruling elite to European politicians who spoke highly of the regime even as it was arresting journalists and political activists.

The billions were smuggled into the EU, mostly through four shell companies registered in the United Kingdom. Journalists in 15 countries, including at the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Guardian, analyzed the transaction data. DOSSIER traced the cash flows to Austria and tracked down Asadov, an important figure in the operation.

Asadov is registered as the founder of Baktelekom MMC, a small company headquartered in Baku, Azebaijan’s capital, through which almost half the money was smuggled into the network. The name of the company bears a striking resemblance to the name of Azerbaijan’s state telecommunications company, Baktelecom. However, Rasim’s Baktelekom appears to be a paper company with no offices, no employees, no website, and no real business presence.

As DOSSIER’s research shows, Asadov appears at the other end of the money trail as well. In 2014, he flew from Sardinia to Montenegro in a private jet. The flight was paid for by “Hilux Services LLP,” one of the four Azerbaijani Laundromat shell companies. Payments to European politicians that are being investigated as bribes flowed through this same company.

Baktelekom is registered at an ordinary-looking Baku apartment building. Credit: OCCRP

Trouble in Paradise?

By 2014, the year that Asadov opened the Kiton store in the Golden Quarter, René Benko’s development project was going through a difficult period.

When he completed the first part of the district two years earlier, the Austrian daily Wirtschaftsblatt reported that his development firm, Signa Holding, had spent €500 million there. It was supposed to earn returns on its investment through “major business in retail” – high rents from shop owners.

When the first shop opened in the development in November 2012, local celebrities attended the opening and the newspapers were full of optimistic reports. Two years later, the tone had changed: The media reported that customers had stayed away, and some businesses were beginning to consider moving out.

Critics raised doubts about Benko’s usually strong instinct for the next big thing: They say he had apparently hoped that the luxury retail strip would attract wealthy tourists from the east. But the conflict in Ukraine, EU sanctions against Russia, and a weak ruble had foiled his plans. “Russians with high purchasing power are staying away,” Kurier wrote in July 2014.

At the end of August 2014, Die Presse did not mince words: The problems, it reported, were “Tuchlaubenhof and Seitzergasse, two of the main streets in the ‘Golden Quarter,’ that no one really wants to go to.”

Soon after, Asadov opened his business there.

Rent-free on the Luxury Strip?

But his store got off to a slow start. By the end of that year, the company recorded a net loss of over €430,000. Its second year was even worse, with a net loss of €1.76 million. Nevertheless, Asadov and his partners avoided insolvency by lending the business €2.4 million themselves. These personal loans were “subordinated,” meaning they were lower priority than others – they likely did not expect to get this money back.

They seem to have an understanding landlord in Am Hof 2 Immobilien GmbH, a company that belongs to Benko’s Signa Group.

According to the 2015 annual report of NAR Partners Handelsgesellschaft GmbH, the company that operates the Kiton store, unpaid rent made up the lion’s share of its accounts payable, amounting to over €4.5 million at the time. The report states that “negotiations with the landlord are currently underway to adjust the rent and reduce the rent for 2016 and the previous years.” It thus appears that Asadov was running a high-end business in Vienna’s most expensive quarter while owning his landlord millions.

When asked about the tenancy, a Signa Group lawyer wrote: “There was and is no business relationship with Rasim [Asadov] personally.” The Signa Group claimed not to have “any detailed knowledge” of Asadov and claims not to have known that he has close ties to the government of Azerbaijan.

The current management of the Kiton store has also distanced itself from Asadov. While he still co-owns the company, a spokesperson said they had no knowledge of his other business dealings.

The company representative declined to comment about its past performance, stating only that its previous management was fired in May 2017. The business, the spokesperson wrote, has since been restructured and is now being run more professionally. Asadov himself did not respond to DOSSIER’s written requests for comment.

Vienna’s Golden Quarter. Credit: Dossier

A Real Estate Loophole

The Kiton shop is not the only business relationship between Asadov and Benko’s Signa Group. On May 17, 2014, he bought a condominium of almost 300 square meters from Tuchlauben Immobilien GmbH, another subsidiary of the Signa Group, for about €4 million. The apartment is also on the Seitzergasse, diagonally opposite the Kiton store.

When foreign nationals purchase real estate in Austria, the government must generally approve the transaction. However, Asadov used a loophole.

In the purchase contract, the managing director of ARP Twelve GmbH, the company that bought the property, claimed that the majority share of the business was not in foreign hands. This was technically true, since it was, in fact, owned by another Austrian company called RA Mountain Holding GmbH.

This company, in turn, was fully owned by Asadov. This simple loophole in the Vienna law on the purchase of real estate by foreign nationals allowed him to evade scrutiny. Signa declined to respond to DOSSIER’s request for comment on the apartment deal, citing privacy.

“Start-up Losses” in the Millions

Despite the high-loss fashion business and the expensive real estate purchase, Asadov likely has access to much greater financial resources. In its registration documents, another company he has operated in Vienna since May 2014, AE BG Eta Holding GmbH, lists its purpose as “the administration and management of personal assets, especially … aircraft.”

Documents accessible to the public suggest that the company manages a great deal of money. By the end of its second year of business, it had generated a net loss of almost €7 million. According to its annual report, these “start-up losses” were compensated by an unknown source. Asadov’s business partner in this endeavor is well-known: None other than Mirjalal Pashayev, the cousin of the First Lady of Azerbaijan, holds 50 percent of the shares.

This story is part of the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, a collaboration started by OCCRP and Transparency International. For more information, click here.

Baktelekom is registered at an ordinary-looking Baku apartment building. Credit: OCCRP

Trouble in Paradise?

By 2014, the year that Asadov opened the Kiton store in the Golden Quarter, René Benko’s development project was going through a difficult period.

When he completed the first part of the district two years earlier, the Austrian daily Wirtschaftsblatt reported that his development firm, Signa Holding, had spent €500 million there. It was supposed to earn returns on its investment through “major business in retail” – high rents from shop owners.

When the first shop opened in the development in November 2012, local celebrities attended the opening and the newspapers were full of optimistic reports. Two years later, the tone had changed: The media reported that customers had stayed away, and some businesses were beginning to consider moving out.

Critics raised doubts about Benko’s usually strong instinct for the next big thing: They say he had apparently hoped that the luxury retail strip would attract wealthy tourists from the east. But the conflict in Ukraine, EU sanctions against Russia, and a weak ruble had foiled his plans. “Russians with high purchasing power are staying away,” Kurier wrote in July 2014.

At the end of August 2014, Die Presse did not mince words: The problems, it reported, were “Tuchlaubenhof and Seitzergasse, two of the main streets in the ‘Golden Quarter,’ that no one really wants to go to.”

Soon after, Asadov opened his business there.

Rent-free on the Luxury Strip?

But his store got off to a slow start. By the end of that year, the company recorded a net loss of over €430,000. Its second year was even worse, with a net loss of €1.76 million. Nevertheless, Asadov and his partners avoided insolvency by lending the business €2.4 million themselves. These personal loans were “subordinated,” meaning they were lower priority than others – they likely did not expect to get this money back.

They seem to have an understanding landlord in Am Hof 2 Immobilien GmbH, a company that belongs to Benko’s Signa Group.

According to the 2015 annual report of NAR Partners Handelsgesellschaft GmbH, the company that operates the Kiton store, unpaid rent made up the lion’s share of its accounts payable, amounting to over €4.5 million at the time. The report states that “negotiations with the landlord are currently underway to adjust the rent and reduce the rent for 2016 and the previous years.” It thus appears that Asadov was running a high-end business in Vienna’s most expensive quarter while owning his landlord millions.

When asked about the tenancy, a Signa Group lawyer wrote: “There was and is no business relationship with Rasim [Asadov] personally.” The Signa Group claimed not to have “any detailed knowledge” of Asadov and claims not to have known that he has close ties to the government of Azerbaijan.

The current management of the Kiton store has also distanced itself from Asadov. While he still co-owns the company, a spokesperson said they had no knowledge of his other business dealings.

The company representative declined to comment about its past performance, stating only that its previous management was fired in May 2017. The business, the spokesperson wrote, has since been restructured and is now being run more professionally. Asadov himself did not respond to DOSSIER’s written requests for comment.

https://www.occrp.org/en/azerbaijanilaundromat/azerbaijani-regime-insider-brings-millions-to-viennas-golden-quarter

Immer mehr illegale Grenzgänger in Bosnien – Bosnia Marks Rise in Illegal Border Crossings

13 Dec 17
Bosnia Marks Rise in Illegal Border Crossings

New figures show that Bosnia and Herzegovina is becoming a popular transit country for refugees and migrants who are trying to enter the European Union illegally.

Mladen Lakic
BIRN

Sarajevo

Bosnian border: Photo: Flickr/Saskia Heijtjes

The Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded 605 attempts of illegal border crossings over 2017, with the vast majority being from high migration risk countries. This is an almost threefold increase from 2016, when 218 attempts were recorded.

“In most of the cases they are from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kosovo, Turkey, Syria, Libya, Morocco and Iran, and the majority tried to enter Bosnia from Serbia and Montenegro,” Sanela Dujkovic, a border police spokesperson told BIRN.

The majority of illegal entries happened on the borders with Montenegro and Serbia.

Dujkovic said that members of the border police are trying to identify key spots on the border at which illegal crossings take place in order to prevent them from occuring.

The numbers for the last four-year period show that from 2013 (when 228 illegal border crossing attempts were uncovered) the situation was essentially stable until this year.

In 2014, the border police recorded 189 attempted illegal crossings. In 2015, when the migrant crisis started, the number was 175. Most of the people who got caught had been atempting to cross the border on foot.

“We are doing everything that is in our power to stop this trend but it will take regional cooperation between countries involved in this route,” Dragan Mektic, Minister of Security, told Federal News Agency on Sunday.

Mektic added that although the situation does not seem dramatic, the higher numbers show that refugees and migrants are increasingly using a new, alternative route to travel from Greece, through Albania, Montenegro, and Bosnia towards western Europe.

The traditional cross-Balkan route was through Macedonia and Serbia at the height of the crisis. These countries offered better travel infrastructure but have now effectively closed their borders for migrants. Refugees and migrants generally avoided going trough predominantly hilly terrains of Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia.

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/bosnia-facing-illegal-border-crossing-12-12-2017-

Im Solde der Banken Mafia: HSBC Bank, Drogen- Waffen- Verbrecher Imperium in der Welt

Die Skandalbank

87 Min.
Verfügbar: vom 12. Dezember 2017 bis zum 10. Februar 2018
Nächste Ausstrahlung : Freitag, 19. Januar um 09:20
Seit der Bankenkrise 2008 war die HSBC in unzählige Skandale verwickelt. Egal ob Geldwäsche von Drogeneinnahmen, Steuerbetrug oder Korruption – die Bank schreibt immer wieder Schlagzeilen und kommt jedes Mal mit einem Bußgeld davon, ohne Prozess oder Verurteilung. Der Begriff „Too Big to Jail“, sprich zu groß für eine Gefängnisstrafe, scheint ihr auf den Leib geschrieben zu sein.
Seit der Bankenkrise 2008 war die HSBC in unzählige Skandale verwickelt. Egal ob Geldwäsche, Steuerbetrug, Korruption oder Zins- und Währungsmanipulation, immer wieder macht die britische Bank Schlagzeilen. Und jedes Mal kommt sie wieder mit einem Bußgeld davon, ohne Prozess oder Verurteilung. Der Begriff „Too Big to Jail“, sprich zu groß für eine Gefängnisstrafe, scheint der Bank auf den Leib geschrieben zu sein.Behörden und Richter haben scheinbar vor diesem Finanzimperium mit unglaublichen 3 Billionen Dollar kapituliert – wäre die HSBC ein Land, wäre es die fünftgrößte Wirtschaftsmacht der Welt. Die Banker der HSBC kommen so in den Genuss einer unglaublichen Straffreiheit.Als Prototyp der „Bankster“ sind die Manager der größten Bank Europas Pioniere in der Globalisierung der Wirtschaft. Sie sind dafür verantwortlich, dass sich der Schwerpunkt der Finanzwelt immer weiter vom Westen nach Asien verlagert, insbesondere nach China.Eineinhalb Jahrhunderte nachdem die HSBC von Opiumschmugglern in Hong Kong gegründet wurde, gilt sie heute als die europäischste der chinesischen Banken bzw. als chinesischste der westlichen Banken. Mittlerweile fährt sie nämlich unter der Roten Fahne und ebnet so hunderten Milliarden Euro chinesischen Kapitals den Weg in die westlichen Märkte.Diese Strategie wurde noch von der britischen Regierung gefördert, welche aus der HSBC eine der wichtigsten Verbindungen zwischen London und Peking machte. Im Namen des Freihandels hat Großbritannien so der chinesischen Finanzwelt Tür und Tor geöffnet und damit den Wolf in den Schafstall gelassen.Fünf Jahre nach ihrer Dokumentation „Goldman Sachs – Eine Bank lenkt die Welt“ hat die Recherche Jérôme Fritel und Marc Roche diesmal nach Asien, Europa und in die Vereinigten Staaten geführt. Stets auf der Spur der chinesischen Schattenfinanzen, die mittlerweile die internationale Finanzmarktstabilität bedrohen. Sie zeigen diesmal, wie die HSBC hinter ihrem Image einer Privatbank auf der dunklen Seite des Geldes arbeitet.