Russia's State Duma Speaker demands to protest US sanctions against deputy Reznik, acquitted in ‘Russian mafia’ case

Russia's State Duma Speaker demands to protest US sanctions against deputy Reznik, acquitted in ‘Russian mafia’ case
Vladislav Reznik with wife in court Photo: Elmundo.es

Reznik was accused of involvement in the case of the ‘Russian mafia’ in Spain. In this regard, the US authorities imposed sanctions on him.

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin instructed to protest the US sanctions imposed against the deputy Vladislav Reznik after his acquittal by a Spanish court, reports TASS.

Reznik was accused of involvement in the case of the ‘Russian mafia’ in Spain. In this regard, the US authorities imposed sanctions on him. However, after the Spanish court acquitted the deputy, the grounds for restrictive measures disappeared, Volodin believes.

The Speaker recalled that it was the US Senator Ben Cardin that initiated sanctions against Reznik. He proposed to ask the Chairman of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, Leonid Slutsky, to send a claim to the Senator and demand that he withdraw all initiatives, and also to apologize to Reznik, since the court decision entered into force.

“If a court decision means something in the USA, Cardin is obliged to apologize to our colleague,” Volodin stated. He appealed to Slutsky so that he “with his go-ahead power and capabilities” made “the honest name of Reznik sound in the USA.”

At the end of 2015, a court in Spain accused 26 Russian and Spanish citizens, including crime boss Gennady Petrov and deputy Vladislav Reznik of involvement in Tambovsko-Malyshevskaya criminal group and money laundering in the country.

In October 2018, the National Judicial Panel of Spain acquitted 17 defendants in the case of the ‘Russian mafia,’ including Resnik, who was charged with close personal and business relations with Petrov. Five years of imprisonment were asked for the deputy, and 4.5 years - for his wife Diana Gindin. However, the court could not prove that Reznik had carried out any activities in favor of Petrov.

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