• Feb 21, 2010
Vladimir Antonov will soon give up the position of chairman at Spyker because he stood between the Dutch company and its successful acquisition of Saab. Recent reports indicate that a Swedish government investigation tied Antonov and his family to the Russian mafia and money laundering. Those findings helped kill the initial deal between Spyker and General Motors and led to Antonov's subsequent departure.

Antonov has a different take on the story. In a New York Times op-ed called "A Misplaced Fear of Russian Money," he writes that the results of the Swedish investigation were "surreal allegations," and that he'll prove them untrue. He's hired a firm of private investigators to clear his name, and he plans to give his report to all parties involved, including the press, to show that he's just another businessman.

His goal is to get back in on the Spyker-Saab deal; apparently, Antonov sees enough potential there to go through these public motions. Although he's no longer a shareholder, he does remain a lender to Spyker, having tendered the company $100 million to help it buy Saab. That makes it simpler for Antonov to return to the Spyker party, say, if Spyker converts debt to shares, but first he'll have to get past the bouncers in Sweden and the U.S. government.

[Source: Auto News – sub req'd, Saabs United]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sleeze in a $3000 suit is still a sleeze
      • 4 Years Ago
      $100 million loaned to Spyker and just announced his presence to the English speaking world and Internet world? Uh oh. This guy is going to have the Deb-Deb Moore's all over him, looking for a handout.

      Thankfully, he can call in his ties to the Russian mafia to eliminate these kinds of people.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i don`t know what to say except that it would be a pity if Saab would go away.Whatever Vladimir Antonov does i hope he does to bring Saab back on track
      • 4 Years Ago
      "i don`t know what to say except that it would be a pity if Saab would go away.Whatever Vladimir Antonov does i hope he does to bring Saab back on track"

      Do you have ANY idea of the kinds of things that these people do? Kidnapping women and children and turning them into sex slaves, murder, wholesale thievery, arms trafficking, etc..

      And as long as they bring back SAAB it's okay?

      Really?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it that seat or is he really short?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Sob story continues.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh boy.
      This will not end well if he gets back into the company.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @rgt4488

        >>Reading comments on here shows how Americans are such god damn haters with their "we are #1" attitude, and misplaced stereotypes. There is much that we don't know about what really happened with Antonov and the whole deal.

        You don't know either. So it's the Swede gov, USA gov, Brit gov vs some Russian dude. And I'll believe in the 3 governments against the one dude when it's dealing with mafia and such.


        >>You have to think about the whole deal on a political level also because it involved governments. US and EU hate Russia, Asia and Middle East. There is a jealousy war going on because money has left the west and went to BRIC countries.

        USA have also sold auto companies to India & China. What makes Russia so special?

        If you want example it's hummer, jaguar, land rover, & volvo.

        >>Oh and you mean to tell me there is no corruption in US? Goldman Sachs and Henry Paulson, Timothy Geithner, Ben Bernanke? Military industrial complex? Idiots, ignorant idiots...nothing else."

        Ad hominem abusive statement. Two wrong doesn't make a right. So if there is corruption in USA then it is fair to have corruption else where?



        • 4 Years Ago
        Good luck and goodbye Saab. I hope GM had the smarts to put language in this deal, that lets them cut supplies to Saab if this goes through.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Reading comments on here shows how Americans are such god damn haters with their "we are #1" attitude, and misplaced stereotypes. There is much that we don't know about what really happened with Antonov and the whole deal. You have to think about the whole deal on a political level also because it involved governments. US and EU hate Russia, Asia and Middle East. There is a jealousy war going on because money has left the west and went to BRIC countries.

        Oh and you mean to tell me there is no corruption in US? Goldman Sachs and Henry Paulson, Timothy Geithner, Ben Bernanke? Military industrial complex? Idiots, ignorant idiots...nothing else.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Austin? Austin Powers? Is that you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's priceless. So is this PI firm also Russian?
      I'd love to have been at that meeting:

      "So I want you to investigate my possible ties to the Russian Mafia"

      "OK. Do you have ties to the Russian Mafia?"

      "Ye... NO! I mean no! Almost got me!"

      "Check cleared and so did you!"

      "Yay!"

      (Vodak Vodak Vodak)

      /Stereotypes are time savers
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