Notorious gold smuggler Reza Zarrab used trade-based money laundering (TBML) in operations that have now been revealed to have close ties with Russia according to investigators working for the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Courthouse News Service, Sweden’s SVT and other partners.

Zarrab’s links with Russia received only passing mention when he was prosecuted in the US in 2016, which the investigators describe as “a huge oversight”.

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