Danske Bank/Money laundering scandal

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Event.png Danske Bank/Money laundering scandal (money laundering) Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Date2017 - 2018
LocationDanske Bank

The Danske Bank money laundering scandal involved "around €200 billion of suspicious transactions", according to Wikipedia. The "scandal" might be a case of lawfare with intelligence services active behind the scenes, where selective justice was used to hit Russia in the New Cold War.

Official narrative

In 2017-2018, it became known that around €200 billion of suspicious transactions had flowed from Estonian, Russian, Latvian and other sources through the Estonia-based bank branch of Denmark-based Danske Bank from 2007 to 2015.[1][2][3] It has been described as possibly the largest money laundering scandal ever in Europe,[4] and as possibly the largest in world history.[5] It includes incoming funds from Estonia (23%), Russia (23%), Latvia (12%), Cyprus (9%), UK (4%) and others (30%, more than 150 countries each of which account for a smaller part than the UK). Outgoing funds were distributed between Estonia (15%), Latvia (14%), China (7%), Switzerland (6%), Turkey (6%) and others (52%)

US involvement

In December 2022, Danske Bank pled guilty and agreed to a $2 billion fine in a case from the United States Department of Justice.[6][7]


The former boss of Danske Bank in Estonia, Aivar Rehe, was found dead in September 2019. The body of the banker was eventually found in his backyard, according to local media. The report claims that everything at the scene points toward death by suicide.[8]

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