Alexander Romanov, leader of Taganskaya organized crime group, pleaded guilty in money laundering in Spain

Alexander Romanov, leader of Taganskaya organized crime group, pleaded guilty in money laundering in Spain
Alexander Romanov, ex-principal of Moscow Distillery Cristall

Ex-principal of Moscow Distillery Cristall Open Joint-Stock Company will serve in a foreign jail the same term he was earlier sentenced to at home.

Alexander Romanov, ex-principal of Moscow Distillery Cristall Open Joint-Stock Company, who has been on trial in Spain for several last months, made a deal with the royal prosecutors.

Civil Guard of Spain investigators suspect the Russian native in laundering 1.6 million EUR belonging to the Taganskaya organized crime group. Prosecutors initially requested 17 years in jail and fine of 165 million EUR. Now it came to our knowledge that the ex-principal of Moscow Distillery Cristall pleaded guilty in money laundering for ‘Russian mafia’ and will pay the imposed fine at the expense of his hotel located in a resort town of Peguera on Balearic Islands and, probably, spend 3.9 years in a local prison.

Based on results of a 20-month investigation pursued by the Civil Guard of Spain, Alexander Romanov is an influential leader of the Taganskaya organized crime group; in Europe he was involved into laundering of crime proceeds. The businessman and his wife, Natalia Vinogradova, were arrested in 2013 in the framework of Dirieba special operation carried by Europol. At the time of his arrest, Romanov and his wife were relaxing in their luxury seashore mansion on Majorca Island. His seized assets apparently include a collection of expensive paintings and a three-star Mar i Pins Hotel located not far from the cottage and worth some 6 million EUR.

In Russia, Alexander Romanov was a principal of Moscow Distillery Cristall in 2000-2005. Then Moscow law enforcement authorities charged him with illegal acquisition of promissory notes issued by General Investment Company and Quant Company. Tverskoy District Court of Moscow has sentenced Alexander Romanov to 3.5 years in prison for especially large-scale fraud. After completing the prison term, the businessman left Russia and has settled in Spain. Now he is facing almost identical term in a Spanish jail.

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