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Exclamation Did I say Russian Mafia ..

Remember the Antonovs, a Russian father and son banking duo, who were VM's partners until they had to leave before GM would sell to Spyker..

Well, this article is in "The Local", Sweden's English language paper:
Government probe halted Saab deal
Published: 30 Jan 10 09:48 CET
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/24686/20100130/


An investigation ordered by the Swedish government into the workings of Spyker and its Russian investors landed on the desk of the FBI and put a temporary stop to the Saab deal being reached.

A source close to the government told business daily Dagens Industri (DI) that Swedish security service (Säpo) were given the task of tracking the business interests of the Antonov family who were major investors in Spyker at the time.

The assignment was initiated by the Swedish National Debt Office (Riksgälden) which brought in private investigators to aid the mission.

Säpo is reported to have found connections between the Antonovs and organised crime as well involvement in money laundering.

To prevent the Russian's gaining any possible control over a new Saab-Spyker venture the government handed their findings over to the FBI.

The US government reacted quickly to the report and gave the board of General Motors a direct order to stop the deal, which happened on December 18th.

Hans Lindblad, state secretary at the Swedish Ministry of Finance, has confirmed the course of events stating that by bringing such information to light, the government were able to argue for a prolonged bidding process in December last year.

Earlier this week, Dutch billionaire businessman Marcel Boekhoorn upped his investment in Spyker and was reported to have replaced the Antonovs, a Russian father and son banking duo.

Lindblad told DI there is no longer a Russian connection. "The Antonov family is gone now and have not power position whatsoever in Saab Spyker," he said.
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Well, i guess the end of the article is still promissing for Saab. Talking about a stick in the wheel...
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Its sounding like this all happened in the past and they are just reporting on it now. It says nothing about stopping the sale now, but that it was a hold-up in december. Seems like there is nothing to really worry about now.
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Its sounding like this all happened in the past and they are just reporting on it now. It says nothing about stopping the sale now, but that it was a hold-up in december. Seems like there is nothing to really worry about now.
they needed a headline for the saturday business section.
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Its sounding like this all happened in the past and they are just reporting on it now. It says nothing about stopping the sale now, but that it was a hold-up in december. Seems like there is nothing to really worry about now.
Yes, it is now history but explains why GM were putting VM off and Spyker had to refinance without the Ruskis.
There is now discussion as to whether Spyker can be forced to make public who are the new backers ... They are OK as have been checked by GM and Swedish govt agencies .. but the press are pushing for details.
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Do we have enough material here for a film? Perhaps a new Bond film. He can have a tricked out C8 racing a CCXR with lots of Saab police. The whole thing based on true events around the Saab deal, Koenigsegg, Spyker, the Antonovs and the floundering GMpire. All the ingredients are there folks.

Hmmmm...wonder it would be called.
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Do we have enough material here for a film? Perhaps a new Bond film. He can have a tricked out C8. The whole thing based on true events around the Saab deal, Spyker, the Antonovs and the floundering GMpire. All the ingredients are there folks.

Hmmmm...wonder it would be called.
well james bond did drive a c900 turbo in some of the books!
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Sharon Stone has already proven that she is at home in a Spyker C8 Laviolette. The car in Basic Instinct 2 had a lipstick red leather interior ..

According to Victor Muller, CEO Spyker Cars: "We are absolutely thrilled that Spyker has been chosen for "Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction." The movie, the plot, the characters and the car are a perfect match. They all combine elements of power, elegance, seduction and suspense. To see our Spyker C8 Laviolette driven by Sharon Stone will bea stunning experience. She embodies the essence of the Spyker driver: entrepreneurial, self-made, demanding and inquisitive. Obviously I can not wait to see our Spyker up on the wide screen."

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She embodies the essence of the Spyker driver: entrepreneurial, self-made, demanding and inquisitive.......
........and sickly to the point where you need to change the channel.

[edit] ..alright, you can have Sharon as a GM representative . As for Bond's girl, we need some fresh, young, Dutch talent. Perhaps Maryam Hassouni?

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Don't forget the movie War, with Jet Li... That was pretty sick.

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Some here have commented on how ostentatious and distastefully ornate Spyker cars are, one close look at details of the Laviolette and the rest
shows just the opposite, with every lever and hinged pedal
there for a purpose, these cars are a bit like a the LEGO demo engines, but in a stylish and low-key exterior wrapper.

My hope is that Vic Mueller and the rest find their calling in reviving SAAB and this time next year we will be looking at a new UrSAAB in the making, is suspect it will be the AeroX concept from which even my humble TurboX draws heavily at the front end at least.
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The steering wheel though. It's only thing that really irks me. Looks like it belongs on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
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Hmmmm...wonder it would be called.
The Phantom Negotiation
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It's a shame that Never Say Never Again has been done. That would be quite apt otherwise.

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I think you answered your own question, no?
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It's a shame that Never Say Never Again has been done. That would be quite apt otherwise.

Largo !

I've always felt Jaws was so under-developed as a character



Either that or there were a few ex-orthodontists working as writers in the 007 film franchise

And what was the deal with OddJob's name anyway ? Were his stints on 007 merely casual moonlghting work for him ? He couldn't get proper greencard to apply for naturalization ?

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I think you answered your own question, no?
No, I have not answered my question.
There is difference between something having been reported and having been confirmed.

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Earlier this week, Dutch billionaire businessman Marcel Boekhoorn upped his investment in Spyker and was reported to have replaced the Antonovs, a Russian father and son banking duo.
This has never been confirmed and totally denied by Marcel Boekhoorn.

As for the question who is the secret investor .... You tell me. But with a confirmed source ....
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I think we can do without this "image" .. Is that Bling or is that Trash ..

Was unsure whether to post in "Who is" or What is" ...
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The steering wheel though. It's only thing that really irks me. Looks like it belongs on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
More like Genevieve :

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The steering wheel though. It's only thing that really irks me. Looks like it belongs on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Didn't you mean a .. .. 1907 Spyker
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