New records link Hotel Gansevoort owner with Russian mob affiliate

TRD New York /
Mar.March 26, 2012 03:00 PM

Arik Kislin, real estate developer, “Hamptons-hopping businessman” and co-owner of the Hotel Gansevoort properties, allegedly helped lead a financial organization with close ties to the Russian mob, the New York Post reported, citing international court records. And this is not the first time Kislin has been linked to the mob.

The paper said that, according to court records and law enforcement officials, Kislin was acting as a treasurer to Trenton Business, a Liechtenstein-based company that served as a front for the Ismailovskaya organized crime group.  The other two people involved in the operation were Anton Malevsky, who the Post called the mob group’s “godfather,” and Malevsky’s brother, Andrei.

“The war chest of the [mob] organization was the Trenton Business Corporation,” according to a German court ruling issued in a 2010 money laundering trial that the Post obtained. “Today, the gang is engaged in robberies, extortion shakedowns, drug and weapons dealing, as well as illegal prostitution and money laundering.”

According to Kislin’s website, he currently serves as the principal of Linx Industries, an investment company with stakes in “businesses ranging from aviation to financial services.” In the 1990s, Kislin helped develop Chelsea Market, which was then sold to Angelo Gordon & Co. Then this past summer, The Real Deal reported, Jamestown Properties purchased the market from Angelo Gordon & Co. In 2001, Kislin partnered with the Achenbaum family to develop the Gansevoort Hotel, starting with the Meatpacking district location. There are currently three Gansevoort locations: two in New York and one in Turks and Caicos. The hotel’s leading team is reportedly looking to expand its collection outside of America, with eyes set on Canada, Asia, South America and Europe.

Kislin has not been charged with any wrongdoing, the Post wrote. According to his lawyer, Lisa Cohen, Kislin has “no recollection” about Trenton. [Post]


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
(Image by Wolfgang & Hite via Dezeen)

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys
Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio
Wendy Silverstein (Credit: Getty Images)

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out
Cushman & Wakefield CEO Brett White and JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon (Cushman & Wakefield; Getty)

Cushman’s $3B debt load poses default risk

Cushman’s $3B debt load poses default risk
The Old Post Office (Google Maps)

Here’s what tenants pay at 601W Cos.’ Old Post Office in Chicago

Here’s what tenants pay at 601W Cos.’ Old Post Office in Chicago
2055 Anthony Avenue and 1416 Ferris Place (Google Maps)

Ved Parkash picks up Fordham Heights apartment building

Ved Parkash picks up Fordham Heights apartment building
125 Greenwich Street (Photos by Sylvia Varnham O'Regan)

For struggling condos, the pandemic proves the ultimate test

For struggling condos, the pandemic proves the ultimate test
Apartment REITs that own Class B and C properties and those in gateway cities will see net income fall through 2021 (iStock)

Urban flight, job losses will hurt apartment REITs: Report

Urban flight, job losses will hurt apartment REITs: Report
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...