A search of the office of the company Valio in St. Petersburg was in connection with the investigation of a criminal case against a criminal community involved in illegal bank activities, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.
"It has been determined during the investigation that gang members wired funds to the accounts of over 20 legal entities, including accounts of the company Valio's subdivisions in St. Petersburg, under the cover of legitimate bank operations," Markin told Interfax on Tuesday.
The search, carried out by Russian Investigative Committee officers on Tuesday, is aimed at obtaining new proof regarding individuals named in the criminal case and "is in no way related to the operations of the Valio company," Markin said.
According to information from investigators, the gang, which included the deputy of a Dagestani district, received revenues of over 45 million rubles in 2011-2013 alone.
The case is being investigated by the Russian Investigative Committee main investigative department, the spokesman said.
The search at Valio on Primorsky Avenue and Sofiyskaya Street is being held within the framework of an open criminal case, a Russian law enforcement source told Interfax earlier on Tuesday.
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