Vladimir Antonov was an unknown banker before he became a partner of Spyker 2007th Antonov is chairman of the Banks International Financial Group Convers Group and string.
Bank Snorkels bought in 2007 30% of the company that makes Spyker sports cars. Spyker is a profitable small car manufacturer that builds a few cars a year.
2009 General Motors began to sell off its European car factories. Saab, which was part of General Motors was approached by several interested businessmen.
The Swedish small car plant Koenigsegg Automotive AB, which produces 20 cars a year, opened negotiations with General Motors in summer 2009. Negotiations broke and General Motors.
Spyker CEO Victor Muller started negotiations with General Motors. The transaction could be carried out required the Swedish government endorsed the deal. Swedish government's investigation of Spyker suggested that co-owner of Spyker, Vladimir Antonov, had contacts with the Russian mafia.
According to Swedish newspapers were Vladimir Antonov Alexander Antonov father had been shot on the streets of Moscow. This would be because Alexander Antonov would testify in a trial on money laundering. Other information available is that the Antonov were involved in money laundering and having contacts with organized crime in Russia.
The report which was prepared by the U.S. firm Kroll commissioned by the Swedish government submitted to the Swedish security police, FBI who in turn submitted the report to the FBI. Two days after the report submitted to the Swedish Government decided that General Motors does not sell Saab to Spyker because of its linkage to Vladimir Antonov. General Motors began closing Saab just before Christmas 2009th January 2010 General Motors resumed talks with Spyker after Vladimir Antonov sold his shares in Spyker. However, Spyker large debts to Vladimir Antonov banking group.
Vladimir Antonov launched an attack on Western business leaders in The New York Times. Vladimir Antonov, claimed that the managers have prejudices against Russian banker.
Vladimir Antonov has devoted considerable effort to be cleansed. Two reports came in 2010 indicate that Vladimir Antonov has no connections to organized crime.
According to Swedish press reports, General Motors will reconsider its contract with Spyker, which prohibits the sale of the company of Vladimir Antonov.