Russian Money Used to Buy Saab?

In the continuing and complicated negotiations between the Dutch Spyker sports car maker trying to buy the troubled Swedish car company Saab from its American owners, new revelations claim that a large amount of needed loans are coming from banks owned by a notorious Russian financier.

The man was first forced out of the picture because of allegations that he has connections to organized Russian criminals.

The Dutch firm refuses to say where it's getting its loans, but the Russian claims that both General Motors, the Dutch firm and the Swedish government know where the money is coming from.

The Swedish government is desperately hoping that the deal will go through to avoid the embarrassing closure of the Saab plant here and the losses of thousands

of jobs at a time when unemployment here has been climbing.