Report: Feds Forced Out Russian Backer in Spyker's Saab Bid Due to Mafia Ties

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

The sale of Saab to Spyker was delayed due to suspicions that one of the Dutch exotic car maker’s major shareholders had ties to the Russian mafia. According to a recent report by Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri, the Swedish security force Sapo investigated former Spyker shareholder Alexander Antonov and determined that there was “strong suspicion” of ties to organized crime.

That information was then relayed to the FBI, and on to the U.S. government, which essentially told General Motors to put a hold on the sale.

Not long after, Antonov and his investment firm Convers Group, sold back $4.6 million in shares to CEO Victor Muller, paving the way for a new bid, which was successful.

Neither General Motors, nor Spyker have made any official comment on the matter.

[Source: Dagens Industri via Fox News]

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  • Saab aficionado Saab aficionado on Feb 19, 2010

    Fantastic News! If you've ever seen a spyker in person you know what an insane committment to pure auto pleasure these guys possess. The Spyker interiors are second to nothing including the veyron! Now Spyker here are your instructions: FUN FAST TURBO HATCHBACKS. got it? OK one more time: FUN FAST TURBO HATCHBACKS. Screw GM lowest common denominator reasoning. America is ready for : FUN FAST TURBO HATCHBACKS nuff said