Also, it is important for us if you can transfer the ADVANCE money on the personal accounts which we gave you earlier and the sum for one occasion transfer (for example, during one day) will not be more than 10,000 USD. Only in this case we can avoid big taxes and use money for our work as much as possible. Please, inform us what kind of documents and financial reports we must
represent you and your administration for these money.
Was the money sent? I don't know. Two years later was an email which has an email allegedly from K. Briffa to an evag@ address saying that he had said that Stepan was getting $5000 to a Swiss account. Interesting that a Russian climatologist should be getting money sent to a Swiss bank account.
From: Keith Briffa
Date: Wed Nov 18 11:04:42 1998
I am told that the money transfer ( 5000 u.s. dollars) should have gone to the bank account you stated. Please let me know if this is received by you. I now also have the contract signed by INTAS and we must organise future work and I will talk to Fritz about us visiting Ekaterinburg next year. In the meantime I wish you and Stepan to organise major review papers of the Yamal and Taimyr long chronology staus for inclusion in the Holocene ADVANCE-10K Special Issue. These need to be completed by June at the latest . They will each be 10-12 pages of print. I can suggest content, do some analyses and help with editing these . I am also sending Stepan's 5000 dollars to Switzerland now to be carried back by his colleague. I have yet to sort out how claims on the INTAS money will be handled. Have you received the details of the final contract?
Edited to add 8 hours after I posted the above: I decided to change the title from "Climatologists avoid taxation" to "Climatologists and Swiss Bank Accounts". I figure that will get a bit more notice. I am appalled by the lack of fiscal checks and balances seen in the above. I once managed a $24 million dollar seismic purchasing budget. Not one single dime of money saw the inside of someone's personal bank account nor did a single dime go to a Swiss bank account for carring back to some other country by a third party.
Once money goes inside a personal bank account the audit trail stops. How much of that money actually was used for the research? How much went to the carrier? All these questions must now be asked. I don't know if there are laws broken here but it sure sounds like bad fiscal control.