Richest woman in Africa with Russian citizenship was suspected of fraud



The daughter of former President of Angola, Isabel DOS Santos, who is the richest woman of Africa and has Russian citizenship, was suspected of financial frauds for which the Treasury has lost $ 1.6 billion. This is evidenced by the results of the investigation of the International consortium of investigative journalists, which was attended by such publications as The Guardian, “Bi-bi-si” and The New York Times.

During the work of the reporters analyzed more than 715 thousand e-mails, contracts, invoices and other documents submitted to “a Platform on the protection of whistleblowers in Africa” (PPLAAF). They indicate that Santos and her husband, businessman Sindika Dokolo, bought valuable state assets and turned rich in oil and diamonds country one of the poorest on Earth, according to the journalists.

Over the years, while his father DOS Santos was in power in the country (1979-2017 years), she and her husband built a business Empire of more than 400 companies in 41 States, including in offshore jurisdictions. These companies received government contracts, the prices on which in total was inflated by a billion dollars.

Journalists as examples of suspicious transactions lead the actions of DOS Santos in 2016-2017, when she was the head of the Angolan state company Sonangol in oil. Ten years before that, the firm President’s daughter bought from Sonangol Portuguese energy company Galp. The new owner had the deal to pay only 15 percent of the original cost of the shares, about 63 million euros the government has given as a loan from Sonangol for 11 years. The debt was indeed repaid on time, but DOS Santos, as head of the state-owned company, not demanded their own firm’s interest payments, which reached nine million euros.

The woman, whose personal fortune is estimated at two billion dollars, of all charges in the address and and address of spouse rejects. She argues that journalists have opened a “witch hunt”, and she had not received any material benefit from political connections.

Earlier it was reported that DOS Santos has Russian citizenship. She was born in 1973 in Baku, where her father studied at the Institute of oil and chemistry. Her mother is a former citizen of the USSR Tatyana Kukanova.

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