Europol: Russian mafia bosses in Germany implicate both Russians and foreigners
Director of Europol Rob Wainwright said this in a statement.
Organized criminal groups are keeping up with the times and are always willing to improve, introducing the latest technology into their activities, said Director of Europol Rob Wainwright in The Hague yesterday. There are now about 5 thousand gangs in Europe, he said.
"The gangs work as multinational corporations, they rely on international contacts and ties, as well as the latest technologies," Wainwright said.
The Europol Director assumed that gangs engaged in drug sale would be using drones to carry drugs in the near future.
Russian mafia bosses were the focal point of Wainwright’s speech. The policeman said that the Russian mafia began stepping up its presence in Germany in July 2016. In fact, Holger Münch, chief of German Federal Office for Criminal Cases (BKA) had called attention to this trend before.
“What we witness now is a dynamic development of Russian-Eurasian organized crime. Now it began to spread to the West," Münch said.
Thieves in law appear to be one of the most dangerous phenomena in Germany as they implicate both Russians and foreigners like Abkhazians and Georgians, Münch said.
Evidence of Solntsevskie leaders’ acquaintance with State Duma deputy and Hero of Russia Vladimir Shamanov and Lokomotiv trainer Yury Syomin was photos of them together, obtained by Spanish investigators from the smartphone of one of the gang leaders Arnold Spivakovsky (Tamm), who was arrested in the Costa del Sol last year in the framework of the police operation dubbed Oligarch.