The FBI has termed him the Most Dangerous Mobster in the world In truth he has been more dangerous than Bin Laden due to his ties and contacts ——–But HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF HIM IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA ?
Semion Yudkovich Mogilevich (… born June 30, 1946) is a Jewish Ukrainian-born organized crime boss, believed by European and United States federal law enforcement agencies to be the“boss of bosses” of most Russian Mafia syndicates in the world.Mogilevich was born in Kiev‘s Podol neighborhood to a Jewish family. He is believed to direct a vast criminal empire and is described by the FBI as “the most dangerous mobster in the world”. http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten/semion-mogilevich
Like almost all Jewish criminals he has an Israeli passport and has resided in Israel off and on for at least 3 years .Unlike most gangsters this one is educated He has a degree in economics from Lviv University He is said to control RosUkrEnergo , a company actively involved in Russia–Ukraine gas disputes.Mogilevich is believed to have ordered many assassinations of his enemies across the world, including both shootings and car-bombs.
The cornerstone of Mogilevich’s money laundering operation was Arigon, Ltd. (“Arigon”), which was registered in May 1990 in Alderney, the Channel Islands, and was later dissolved in 1997. Ostensibly, Arigon operated as a trader of commodities and consumer goods. In that regard, Arigon held a contract with the Ukrainian Railway company to sell it oil. Arigon laundered funds utilizing bank accounts in Geneva, Switzerland; London, UK; New York, USA; and Stockholm, Sweden. Mogilevich was believed to have an interest in Alliance Credit Bank (Kiev), Balchug Bank (Moscow), Independent Trade Union Bank (Cyprus, Moscow and Tel Aviv), Inkombank (Moscow), Neftanoy Bank (Moscow), Petroff Bank (Moscow) and TEMBR Bank (Moscow) through which money was also laundered.
Between 2002 and 2004, Eural Trans Gas (“ETG”) acted as the principal intermediary of natural gas transiting from Turkmenistan to Ukraine. Europe relies on Russia for about one-quarter of its gas imports, and 80 percent of Russian natural gas exports pass through the Ukraine. ETG was founded in 2002 by Zeev Gordon, an Israeli lawyer who for more than 20 years had represented Semion Mogilevich. ETG was established by Gordon at the request of Dmytro Firtash, the Director of Highrock Holdings, a Cypriot based holding company.From December 2002 to early 2004, Gordon was a nominal owner (for Mogilevich) of one-quarter of ETG.
In 2004, Russia’s energy giant Gazprom and Ukraine’s Centragas Holding AG established on a parity basis Swiss registered company RosUkrEnergo to replace ETG.For its part, Centragas Holding AG was owned by Dmytro Firtash (90 percent) and Ivan Fursin (10 percent). Under a deal struck in January 2006 between Gazprom and its Ukrainian counterpart Naftogaz Ukrainy RosUkrEnergo was given a monopoly with regards to the supply of natural gas to the Ukraine. It is believed that Mogilevich as a result of the ETG/RosUkrEnergo deals has become a billionaire in his own right.
He is based in Moscow. He has three children and is most closely associated with the Solntsevskaya Bratva crime group. Political figures he has close alliances with include Yury Luzhkov, the former Mayor of Moscow, Dmytro Firtash and Leonid Derkach , former head of the Security Service of Ukraine. Oleksandr Turchynov, former Prime Minister of Ukraine, went to court for allegedly destroying files pertaining to Mogilevich.
In the early 1970s, Mogilevich became part of the Lyuberetskaya crime group in Moscow and was involved in petty theft and fraud. He served two terms (3 and 4 years) for currency-dealing offenses.
During the 1980s, tens of thousands of Ukrainian and Russian Jews were emigrating to Israel on short notice and without the ability to quickly transfer their possessions. Mogilevich would offer to sell property – their furniture, art and diamonds – on behalf of the prospective émigrés, promising to forward the money on to Israel. The money was, instead, used to invest in black market and criminal activities.In 1990, already a millionaire, Mogilevich moved to Israel, together with several top lieutenants. Here he invested in a wide range of legal businesses, whilst continuing to operate a worldwide network of prostitution, weapon, and drug smuggling through a complex web of offshore companies. He has been rumoured to be involved in the ATTEMPTED PURCHASE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
In 1991 Mogilevich married his Hungarian girlfriend Katalin Papp,moved to Hungary, and had three children with her,obtaining a Hungarian passport; at this point, Mogilevich held Russian, Ukrainian, Israeli and Hungarian citizenship. Living in a fortified villa outside Budapest, he continued to invest even buying a local armament factory, “Army Co-Op”, which produced anti-aircraft guns.
In 1994, Mogilevich group obtained control over Inkombank, one of the largest private banks in Russia, in a secret deal with bank chairman Vladimir Vinogradov, ( also Jewish see The Magnificent Seven —–The Original “Russian” Oligarchs ) getting direct access to the world financial system. The bank collapsed in 1998 under suspicions of money laundering.Through Inkombank, in 1996 he obtained a significant share in Sukhoi, one of Russias largest millitary aircraft manufacturer .
Mogilevich was also suspected of participation in large-scale tax fraud, where highly taxed car fuel was sold as untaxed heating oil . Estimates are that up to one-third of sold fuels went through this scheme, resulting in massive tax losses for countries of Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland). In the Czech Republic alone the scandal is estimated to cost the taxpayers around 100 billion CZK (~5 bl US$)
Mogiloveich has close ties with the Russian Government of Putin He was arrested in Moscow on January 24, 2008, for suspected tax evasion His bail was placed, and he was released on July 24, 2009.On his release, the Russian interior ministry stated that he was released because the charges against him “are not of a particularly grave nature”.
He also seems to have some ties to the FBI Despite knowing that he was in jail for one year the US did nothing to extradite him It however woke up 3 months after his release.On October 22, 2009,he was placed on the Ten Most Wanted list.