How a Russian spy bought fake airline tickets, hotel rooms and luxury cars for the world’s richest man

Sep 13, 2021 Corporate

The man behind the world of luxury car purchases is now the biggest foreign investor in Russia, buying planes, cars and hotels for the country’s richest person. 

According to Forbes’ latest ranking of billionaires, the billionaire who owns the biggest number of cars and trucks in the world, according to Russia’s state transport agency, is Dmitry Rybolovlev, a businessman who has a net worth of $5.7 billion. 

Rybolovlov’s company, Klyostrobiya, is the largest private company in Russia with more than 6,000 employees and has investments in nearly 30 Russian companies. 

In the latest report, Forbes ranked Rybolovalev as the second richest person in the entire world, behind Russian President Vladimir Putin, and ahead of Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev. 

The Russian government has long maintained that Ryboloviks luxury car business is just a scam, and that it was set up in the late 1990s to benefit the state, but the company is now being scrutinized for its connections to organized crime. 

Its latest acquisition, a plane, will cost about $2.5 million to charter from Moscow to New York and back, and it will take the plane from New York to the city of St. Petersburg. 

Klyostros business is based in St. Petersburg, in southern Russia, where Rybolkovs family owns a majority stake. 

As the world knows, Ryboloviches father, Alexander Rybolovich, was the head of a notorious criminal syndicate that smuggled thousands of tons of heroin from the Soviet Union to the United States. 

Now, he’s in his mid-60s, and Rybolovev’s company is his only vehicle for travel around the world. 

To this end, Ryborovs company purchased a Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet, which will fly the planes to the U.S. and back to Moscow. 

A Russian security source told Bloomberg that the jet will carry the company’s CEO and other top executives to Washington for a private dinner. 

That dinner, as well as a meeting with President Trump, will reportedly be held in the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel. 

Bloomberg also reported that Ryborova was also looking for a jet that would fly him to New Zealand. 

“He was trying to go to New Zealand for a vacation,” the source told the news outlet.

“He was planning on buying a plane.” 

Ryborovlev is a long-time friend of Medvedv, and has helped to keep him in power. 

He has also cultivated a close relationship with Putin, who has long been known for his ability to secure deals for his cronies in the government. 

His personal ties to the Russian leader are well-known.

In December, Ryborovlev helped organize a trip by Putin to Moscow and the Black Sea resort of Sochi. 

Last year, Rybiev helped broker a deal for a $400 million gas deal between Gazprom and Russia’s largest energy company, Rosneft. 

On top of the car purchases, Rybetovs business empire also includes a luxury hotel that is owned by a major U.K. bank. 

It was recently reported that a deal was also struck between the Russian billionaire and the owner of a Chinese-owned yacht. 

Despite all of his business dealings, Rybaev has not always been able to live up to his public image. 

While Forbes ranks Rybolouvlev as number three on its list of the world-behest billionaires, Ryberv is still in his 30s, which is considered a prime age for some high-level criminal activity. 

Earlier this year, he was arrested for tax evasion. 

If he is found guilty of tax evasion, he faces up to three years in prison. 

 Bloomberg reported that the FBI and Justice Department were probing the matter, and if Rybovlev was convicted, it would make him the highest-ranking Russian official charged in connection with organized crime in decades. 

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) As part of his investigations, the FBI has reportedly gathered evidence that Rybovichs business is linked to an organized crime ring, which has been responsible for hundreds of killings of Russian security personnel. 

One of those killed in the Russian military operation in Chechnya in 2014 was a top security official who was killed in an ambush by gunmen who had infiltrated his unit. 

Another was killed when a sniper opened fire on a convoy of Russian troops transporting humanitarian aid to a humanitarian base in southern Syria.

The investigation into the assassination of the Chechen security official has also been looking into possible links between the group that was responsible for the assassination and the criminal group that carried out the 2014 operation. 

Since 2016, Rybors Russian security forces have been accused of assassinating at least nine people in Russia. In the

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