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How financial offshore companies sank the soft power of the West ("The American Interest", USA)

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How financial offshore companies sank the soft power of the West ("The American Interest", USA)For a long time, the West has been cashing in in Eastern Europe due to its reputation gained during the Cold War era. But now he has lost this reputation because of his involvement in offshore companies, with the help of which the post-Soviet states are being plundered.


When people think of offshore finance, they don’t think about the future of Europe. They imagine palm trees, pacifier corporations with headquarters in mailboxes, as well as secret accounts in Swiss banks. However, in Eastern Europe, people imagine a completely different picture.

When Russians, Ukrainians, Azeris (I’ll spare the reader and don’t list all the 15 fraternal republics), when these countries think about financial offshore, they see their stolen future. But is it bad? Doesn't this make them understand that the West is the best?

Not so fast. First, a few numbers. The offshore economy has become a parallel financial system of colossal proportions. In fifty tax oases with something hidden, probably more than 20 trillions of dollars. Only in the British tax havens huge wealth for more than 7 trillions of dollars is sheltered. And a disproportionately large part of this money came from Eastern Europe. Take the missing Russian 211,5 billion dollars. This is a very modest estimate of the illegal financial flows that have left Russia alone in the period from 1994 to 2011.

Common wisdom says that ordinary citizens of these states, subjected to feudal methods of government and political plunder, will think about corruption. Well, so far so good. In Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and other countries it is impossible to talk about politics, let alone corruption. But then this conventional wisdom, which asserts that the middle class, young people and people with global connections will require a new power in the Western manner, suffers a complete failure.

Why doesn't this logic work? It’s just that Eastern European corruption fighters are discovering that the West, with its system of offshore economy, contributes to the immense theft of resources in their countries. From under the surface in the moods of the Russian opposition and the Ukrainian Maidan, a new feeling of contempt for the West is breaking out.

Imagine that you have been fighting corruption in Ukraine over the past decade. The model of good government for you was Britain or Germany. You applied to the West for funds. Western funds and EU-funded think tanks have taught you to track down money stolen by your state. And suddenly you find something terrible: this money is flowing directly to the West. It turned out that the model of bona fide public administration, to which you took off your hat, provides money laundering services to the very people and organizations who steal the future from your country.

This is exactly what happened with the Anti-Corruption Center, which is led by Daria Kalenyuk. This woman, who heads one of the most important anti-corruption nongovernmental organizations in Ukraine, has studied the methods of work of this very corruption for many years. And the more she learned, the more she understood how America and the European Union behave hypocritically.

Kalenyuk talks about it this way:

We found that the money stolen in Ukraine is sent to British and European tax havens, where they are hidden with the help of dummy companies from the European Union. It was a very uncomfortable truth. We felt that the Western elite is hypocritical before us. She preaches the fight against corruption, and she herself allows this offshore world to flourish.

Outrage Kalenyuk increasingly divides the population of Ukraine - and not only people from think tanks, but also politicians. The member of the Ukrainian parliament, Lesia Orobets, who actively participated in the protest movement of Maidan, is fighting for the post of Kiev mayor, and in this struggle uses nationalist outrage over corruption. It is enraged by the complicity of the West in the organization of that offshore black hole, in which the national wealth of Ukraine has long disappeared:

It is necessary to understand that Western tax havens have caused the death of many Ukrainians. Take, for example, the theft from the Ukrainian budget of those funds allocated for the fight against HIV. National AIDS funds were stolen and hidden in tax havens, as well as in the UK. But this leads to serious consequences - we are approaching two percent of the infection of the Ukrainian population with HIV, and this is almost the point of no return, beyond which a pandemic begins. This corruption will kill British men too. I heard that they come to Ukraine. But then they return home. What happens if the British do not close their tax havens? It will leave us with a powerful, very powerful imprint.

Talk to any Ukrainian revolutionary, and you will immediately realize that financial offshore quickly weakens the soft power of the West. For example, it is a blogger, journalist and activist Mustafa Nayem, one of the most charismatic leaders of the protests at the initial stage of the Maidan movement. He first called the protesters to the streets. The duplicity of the West in matters of offshore causes him great irritation:

Why are they looking only for the states that were stolen and hidden in Austria and Switzerland? We told Europeans hundreds of times, told their embassies that this stolen money was hidden in their countries. And nothing. Now that the regime has fallen, they can find this stolen money in a matter of days. But why didn't they do this before? They are guilty - guilty of leaving us alone with these thieves. They are guilty of allowing them to rob us.

Behind closed doors, many members of the new government have the same feelings. But since they are financially dependent on the West, when the question of preventing an economic collapse arises, few American and European diplomats understand what is happening. If you talk with the revolutionary minister Dmitry Bulatov, then everything becomes clear pretty quickly. “Ukrainian money was stolen and shipped to Austria, Switzerland and the tax havens of Britain. But we want this money to be returned. ”

Ukrainian media also picked up this topic. Liberal TV channel of activists “Gromadska TV-Show” leads discussions on this issue. He even invited a British activist to the studio to talk about how Western financial offshore companies work and how to deal with them. Appearing in the press, articles about the links of Ukrainian corrupt officials with Austrian banks and British tax havens led to the fact that the reputation and authority of these countries plummeted.

The Russian opposition is outraged even more. The oligarchs from this country love to parade on Russian television for their chic lifestyle in London. Therefore, it is well known that the British elite are giving them a warm and cordial welcome. Since everyone believes that this money was stolen, the moral authority of Britain among the Russians simply crumbled. Downing Street and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are openly mocked, and London is called the "capital of Russian corruption."

The charismatic opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, privately expresses his keen discontent with the Western law enforcement system and believes that the endless requests of his colleagues to conduct investigations into corruption are simply ignored.

Navalny wants to become president of Russia after Putin. But what will he do with financial offshore if he gets to the Kremlin? “I dream about that,” he told me once, “in order to get this money back.” Navalny is struck by the volumes of stolen Russian money that have flooded western tax havens and European capitals. “Why are they so stupid? Do they really think that this is just anonymous money? Is it incomprehensible to them that this money was stolen from the Russian budget? ”

For a long time, the West has been cashing in in Eastern Europe due to its reputation gained during the Cold War era, because it was viewed as a beacon of democracy, as a defender of the dissident underground from Moscow to Baku. But now he has lost this reputation because of his involvement in offshore companies, with the help of which the post-Soviet states are being plundered.

The West is used to enjoying its heroic reputation among the democrats of Eastern Europe. But if you get acquainted with the Moscow opposition or with Maidan, you will quickly realize that London today has become synonymous with corruption, and that the names of several European countries, such as Luxembourg, Cyprus, Switzerland, Andorra and even the Netherlands, are now associated with the word “theft”.
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  1. mirag2
    mirag2 15 May 2014 07: 56
    +9
    Why is Navalny "charismatic"?
    And these corrupt officials are praying for him that he would create a haze in Russia, and they could still rob them freely.
    1. Samaritan
      Samaritan 15 May 2014 08: 08
      +6
      I worked with Kirovles, the same dregs as everyone else, in the forest business it was easy to steal and Navalny stole, stole from the state, stole from ordinary people !!! Shameless !!!
    2. Little Muck
      Little Muck 15 May 2014 08: 37
      0
      Quote: mirag2
      And these corrupt officials pray for him,

      Until the principle is realized: The thief must be in prison. nothing will change. And you need to start from the very top (the fish goes dead from the head). And so that for the embezzlement of labor terms were calculated from 10 years of hard labor with infringement of rights.
      1. CALL.
        CALL. 15 May 2014 09: 01
        +4
        Navalny wants to become president of Russia after Putin. But what will he do with financial offshores if he gets to the Kremlin? “I dream,” he once told me, “in order to return this money back.”

        And hide them in another place.

      2. I do not care
        I do not care 15 May 2014 09: 05
        +2
        Now that the regime has fallen, they can find this stolen money in a matter of days. But why didn’t they do it before?
        the keyword can, well, about Anal, generally shine laughing
    3. ShturmKGB
      ShturmKGB 15 May 2014 08: 41
      +1
      They rob both "east" and "south" so that "west" would flourish, isn't it clear? Will an ordinary citizen of England (I write specially with a small letter) be indignant at the fact that money from the east goes to his country, even if not by legal means? No, it will not, because this money goes, among other things, to the development of his country, to feed the rich, and he also hopes a little to the middle class ...
      1. Max_Bauder
        Max_Bauder 15 May 2014 08: 59
        +1
        ShturmKGB
        They rob both "east" and "south" so that "west" would flourish, isn't it clear? Will an ordinary citizen of England (I write specially with a small letter) be indignant at the fact that money from the east goes to his country, even if not by legal means? No, it will not, because this money goes, among other things, to the development of his country, to feed the rich, and he also hopes a little to the middle class ...


        Yes, England has long lived in the criminal business and lived. If the Russians were engaged in tillage and the Kazakhs were cattle-breeding, then the British were engaged in fraud. Their pirates robbed the Spanish galleons officially, then after the colonization of America they started the slave trade, spices from the east were generally taken almost for free, by threats of invasion, and they invaded, traded opium in China, this is a drug. In short, a gangster state.
    4. Gluxar_
      Gluxar_ 16 May 2014 01: 11
      0
      Quote: mirag2
      Why is Navalny "charismatic"?
      And these corrupt officials are praying for him that he would create a haze in Russia, and they could still rob them freely.

      The article is typically "suburban", put a minus. No new information, no emotional opinion either. As always, there is the thinking of a slave al "why did the Europeans leave us alone against the thieves" ...
  2. mojohed2012
    mojohed2012 15 May 2014 07: 58
    +1
    A thief on a thief and a thief chases. Hypocritical, arrogant, transvestite blue West. Declined to the praise of nedozhuzhik-nedoboby.
    Shame on Europe. Turn around in their graves apologists (and writers) of the culture of the old world. You have been forgotten. You are forgotten. Now a new culture is coming - the culture of the cult of sadomy and homorrism. It is a culture of decline and decay, a culture that condemns children to lack of choice for their future to please Uncle Sam. So that he could put anything in the brains of the "new people".
  3. mirag2
    mirag2 15 May 2014 07: 58
    0
    And all (almost all) investments in our country come (came) from offshore companies, it is there that they are kept by those who made them, because there are almost no taxes there, they are more intact.
    Therefore, two years ago, the attack on the Cypriot financial system was an attack on investors investing lave in the Russian economy.
    Maybe it was after 8.8.2008/XNUMX/XNUMX, but it caused damage to us, now the damage will be much greater.
    What is happening now has economic roots and no others is the basis.
  4. Vitaly Anisimov
    Vitaly Anisimov 15 May 2014 07: 59
    +1
    London is called the "capital of Russian corruption."

    He stole to London .. (how many of our stolen money is spinning there)
  5. bomg.77
    bomg.77 15 May 2014 08: 01
    +2
    we are approaching two percent of the HIV infection of the Ukrainian population, and this is almost the point of no return, after which the pandemic begins.
    Not a single person has died from the so-called AIDS .... everyone died from the drugs they were treated with! No AIDS, this is a long-playing record for sucking money!
    1. Al_lexx
      Al_lexx 15 May 2014 08: 11
      +1
      Quote: bomg.77
      we are approaching two percent of the HIV infection of the Ukrainian population, and this is almost the point of no return, after which the pandemic begins.
      Not a single person has died from the so-called AIDS .... everyone died from the drugs they were treated with! No AIDS, this is a long-playing record for sucking money!

      +1

      Scientific fact, immunodeficiency virus does not exist. No one has ever seen him.
    2. VNP1958PVN
      VNP1958PVN 15 May 2014 08: 14
      +1
      And AIDS, by the way and due to suction, appears wassat
      1. bomg.77
        bomg.77 15 May 2014 08: 50
        0
        Vicious circle))) laughing
  6. Al_lexx
    Al_lexx 15 May 2014 08: 08
    +2
    An enemy article, the purpose of which, under the guise of adequate logic, is to justify the actions of inadequate oppositionists. All these "charismatic" personalities sleep and see themselves in the place of today's administration in order to steal even more and take out of their countries.
    Article minus.
    1. muginov2015
      muginov2015 15 May 2014 08: 16
      0
      Who is stealing? is our Pu stealing? But ... but ... but he is good! This is your logic, dear.
      1. Al_lexx
        Al_lexx 16 May 2014 08: 41
        0
        Quote: muginov2015
        Who is stealing? is our Pu stealing? But ... but ... but he is good! This is your logic, dear.

        He does not need to stupidly stole. He has plenty of legal shares.
        Once again. No need to talk about me and my logic if you do not understand it. No need to come up with what I am if we are not personally acquainted.
  7. kartalovkolya
    kartalovkolya 15 May 2014 08: 10
    0
    That is why these financials constantly stir up coups in the post-Soviet space!
  8. VNP1958PVN
    VNP1958PVN 15 May 2014 08: 13
    0
    Yes, they never bothered who names them and how. In the USA, a country formed by crooks and thieves of Europe, all billionaires of the type are honest and give out millions to the needy! wassat
  9. borisjdin1957
    borisjdin1957 15 May 2014 08: 16
    +1
    from the Don.
    Hello, Vladimir Vladimirovich! Where is the law on the nationalization of offshore companies?
  10. Vlad Gore
    Vlad Gore 15 May 2014 08: 16
    +1
    Stop mumbling. This whole dirty "economy" is based on the dollar. negative DOLLAR DOLLAR !!! angry
  11. mpa945
    mpa945 15 May 2014 08: 17
    0
    This is exactly what happened with the Anti-Corruption Center, which is led by Daria Kalenyuk. This woman, who heads one of the most important anti-corruption nongovernmental organizations in Ukraine, has studied the methods of work of this very corruption for many years. And the more she learned, the more she understood how America and the European Union behave hypocritically.

    Kalenyuk talks about it this way:

    We found that the money stolen in Ukraine is sent to British and European tax havens, where they are hidden with the help of dummy companies from the European Union. It was a very uncomfortable truth. We felt that the Western elite is hypocritical before us. She preaches the fight against corruption, and she herself allows this offshore world to flourish.

    Is Zadornov right?
    Spend so many years to understand the alphabet?
    On the other hand, psaki ... Apparently the education system ...
    Liberasty! And you still wake me about picking my nose?
    And the author of them ... Doesn't catch up with the fact that they "use" corruption in our country in the same way as "non-systemic opposition" is quite consciously ... Both political gesheft and banal gain ...
    In war, all means ... And then, damn it "Marine authority" ...
    Just do not believe that the liberals will ever see their light.
  12. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 15 May 2014 08: 24
    +2
    Liberasts (and other white-winged shobla) ... consider the West a role model ... and if they criticize their ideals (and sometimes they are the owners who pay for their activities), it is only for their excessive leniency towards Russia. Do not think ... that they are so naive and did not see the real goals of the Western countries in relation to the economies of Russia ... the countries of the former USSR and Eastern Europe. These are conscious accomplices of the collapse of their own countries ...

    And offshore companies were conceived by financial institutions of the West to remove the loot and at the same time save face.
    The collapse of any country in the post-Soviet space ... the weakening of the economies of Eastern Europe was accompanied by a colossal robbery of their economies in favor of the United States and its allies ... the capture of new markets and cheap labor.
    Nothing new ... again the money and financial interests of the west
  13. mamont5
    mamont5 15 May 2014 08: 26
    0
    "We felt that the Western elite are hypocritical in front of us. They preach the fight against corruption, and she herself allows this offshore world to flourish."

    And who would doubt it. The West is outraged when he loses his taxes, but he hides someone else's stolen with pleasure.
    1. Little Muck
      Little Muck 15 May 2014 08: 43
      0
      Quote: mamont5
      And who would doubt it. The West is outraged when he loses his taxes, but he hides someone else's stolen with pleasure.

      It is also a strategy for creating tension in the societies of states where embezzlement flourishes.
      Ukraine is an example of this. At first they helped to steal, then they created a wave of "popular protest", and now they put new puppets to power. Plus the accumulation of the territory. And all in a new circle.
  14. zzzeka
    zzzeka 15 May 2014 08: 27
    +1
    Yeah yeah, that's what Oval will take and return everything. A petty "Russian" swindler, speaks of a desire to bend the world's gopniks. The world is going crazy.
  15. A1L9E4K9S
    A1L9E4K9S 15 May 2014 08: 46
    0
    Zakydon at Navalny is at the level of his dreams of returning the stolen money back, and whoever gives the disfranchised money to them did not steal to give it to him.
  16. Grbear
    Grbear 15 May 2014 08: 48
    0
    The West itself recognizes the duplicity of its value system. But that is their problem. Our problem is our deputies, who lobby, in Russian - protect the interests of the oligarchs. These are not "liberals" who proclaim something somewhere, they are elected representatives who are obliged to defend the interests of voters and have opportunities. Of course, if they were elected by the oligarchs, then everything is in order.

    Ukraine is important, but behind this veil, we lose sight of internal problems. Outflow is not decreasing, problems are not being solved, and the economy is "creeping". But everything is boiling.
    After:
    The Blue Bucket Society, which promotes the idea of ​​canceling special signals for civil servants, intends to continue the struggle. However, they are disappointed that the site of the Russian public initiative was an empty phrase... During its operation, the necessary 100 votes have gained three bans - "flashing lights", the purchase of cars by officials more than 1,5 million rubles and the blocking of sites without a court decision, reports "Uralinformburo". However, all these proposals were "buried" by officials.
  17. Averias
    Averias 15 May 2014 08: 57
    0
    Oh how, what a "revealing" article. The author is a direct "beacon" of non-bias. Why did he keep silent about Europe and the USA itself? Why did he keep silent about how long before the collapse of the USSR and the countries of the socialist camp? US corporations took their money offshore. Why didn't he say that Thailand is an offshore domain of the United States? The world is divided into offshore zones, according to the number of large countries, players in this area. Why is it silent about the fact that the corruption component in the UES budget is about 30% (and they admit this themselves). Why in the US, the largest corporations have phenomenal tax benefits (or rather, they practically do not pay taxes in their country). For reference, if in Thailand, all American companies (which are registered there) opened their offices. That their area would be - 270 sq. Km (+ \ -) ​​!? Almost no major corporation in the United States holds its assets in the United States itself. I can list for a long time. I understand the author is telling the truth, but somehow one-sided. They say that we carry it there and carry it. That they (USA and EUROPE) rob us. No, first of all, they robbed themselves (their people), and now they rob everyone else.
  18. DanSabaka
    DanSabaka 15 May 2014 16: 48
    0
    The best way to return money from offshore companies is to create your own offshore ....
  19. Volgarr
    Volgarr 16 May 2014 22: 37
    0
    If there was a desire, then all the thieves would have slammed for a couple of months !!! As in the geyrop, so are we! But there is no desire. It is disgusting to recall the squeals of Dimka Medvedev about bad Cyprus, how bad they are - thieves robbed !!!