Crimea: Bank Loses Russian Licence for Alleged Money Laundering


Adelantbank’s licence was revoked today by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, according to the Central Bank’s press service.

The Central Bank said that Adelantbank was involved in “suspicious transactions” abroad, as well as “questionable transit operations.”

Adelantbank was one of the Crimean banks investigated by OCCRP earlier this year in connection to money laundering.

According to the investigation, some of the banks that began operating in Crimea following Russia’s annexation of the peninsula were better known for laundering money than for banking.

The Moscow-based bank was founded in 1992 as Lesopromishlenniy bank, but changed its name to Adelantbank in 2012.