Russian mafia in Spain - blacklist of Spanish crown 

Russian mafia in Spain - blacklist of Spanish crown
Gennady Petrov (left), Aleksandr Malishev (right)

Spain put deputy director of the Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS) general Nikolay Aulov on the international wanted list. The lists of prosecutors include high-ranking officials:Viktor Zubkov, Anatoly Serdukov, Igor Sobolevsky, Oleg Deripaska, German Gref and even Aleksandr Bastrikin.

The national court of Spain issued an international arrest warrant against Gennady Petrov, Aleksandr Malishev and Leonid Khristoforov, due to illegal money laundering. This followed two massive power operations Avispa and Troyka against legalization of criminal business from Russia. In the early May 2016 news from Spain became hotter than the sun – the Crown Prosecution Service put deputy director of the Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS) general Nikolay Aulov on the international wanted list. However, Russian authorities reacted composedly. Because now,the lists of prosecutors include such persons as Viktor Zubkov, Anatoly Serdukov, Igor Sobolevsky, Oleg Deripaska, German Gref and even Aleksandr Bastrikin.

I am the Government

His Catholic majesty Juan Carlos I – is a significant figure in modern world; being a direct descendent of the Sun King Louis XIV he is stubborn and uncompromising like a real Bourbon. Heis ill-disposed to make snap decisions without good grounds. Rumor has it that in early 2000-s Spanish special services almost begged the King to start an investigation against suspicious activities of new Russian-Spanish.

“Their criminal fortune casts a shadow over the Spanish crown. Russian bandits buy up Spanish bureaucrats, policemen and public officials», - told then servicemen.

According to rumors, the King made his decision after a report based on Aleksandr Litvienko’s data about connections of Russian crime lords with persons from the Russian top government echelon.

«Those connections are so deep, that it is impossible to discern where does the government act and where – organized criminal groups,» - was written in the report. Thus appeared operations Avispa (2005) and Troyka (2008).

In order that the operation was successful and Russian mafia did not run away, the police had to arrest 23 people, including mayor of Marbella Marisol Yagüe, his assistants, notaries, lawyers and even chief of local police.

The Spanish fairly decided, that first of all it is necessary to cut the corruption’s tentacles, because if the member of mafia is warned, when he is caught by police officers he turns to be as in an old Castilian saying – «more saint than a nun».

Виталий Изгилов

Photo: Vitaly Isgilov 

Quiet siesta of Malishev’s grouping was interrupted by heavy feet of royal guardsmen. In June 2008, the world learned names of Russian mafia’s members – Gennady Petrov, Aleksandr Malishev, Ildar Mustafin, Leonid Khristoforov and Vitaly Isgilov, also known as Zver (Beast). They were charged with money laundry, tax evasion and forgery of documents. The detention was loud and impressive. Wives, children, lawyers and even children’s governess were arrested.

In fact, other terms were hiding under the rather dim words of accusations, those were «drug business», «illegal weapon trading», «prostitution» and «contraband of cobalt». However, these accusations were impossible to incriminate.


The information, received by the Spanish special services proved that Gennady Petrov was closely connected with disgraced leader of Tambov organized criminal grouping (OCG) Vladimir Kumarin. Also, according to the data, leader of Malishev’s OCG Aleksandr Malishev was connected with Nikolay Patrushev, who is currently a Russian Security Council’s secretary. What is more, records from bugging of phone talks between Gennady Petrov and his «friend» Nikolay Aulov, received by Spanish special services in 2007-2008, showed the real scale of confluence between law enforcement agencies of Russia with criminal groupings. The Spanish have no doubts: Petrov was lobbying his interests into law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation through Aulov.

Fascinating history of Malishev’s grouping 

Russian criminals had a convenient scheme for money laundering – they invested it in beautiful Spanish real estate. Among companies involved in the scheme was St. Petersburg Corporation Dvadtsatiy Trest. Using the company’s subsidiaries, criminals sent money all over the world, but mainly to Spain. Here the money was used to buy and build real estates. Thus, two apartment-hotels of touristic center La Paloma were built at Torrevieja resort, while in the gardens of Rohales criminals built villa Donya Pepa.

Геннадий Петров

Photo: Gennady Petrov

Spanish police and judicial authorities had their reasons to suspect that financial machinations were conducted through Gennady Petrov’s firm. Petrov was official tax resident in the country.  According to the police’s calculations, from 1998 Russian mafia have bought up real estates in Spain worth 50 million euros.  The money was coming from five offshore companies in British Virgin Islands. Arrested accounts of Gennady Petrov’s firms had 10 million euros on them, but there were no evidences of any activities, which could have brought these companies such huge incomes.

Rumor has it that Petrov’s companies were created for laundering of money of Russian corrupt bureaucrats and strongmen-generals. Russian special services also believe that these accounts could belong to Petrov only on paper.

What is more, after Troyka operation, Spanish media were actively discussing the fact, that leaders of criminal groupings and corrupt employees of special services conducted shady business under cover of St. Petersburg oil company (the main business of Tambov OCG).


Gennady Petrov is a significant figure in business circles of St, Petersburg. His son Anton owns a network of jewelry stores 585. Petrov is the only one, who managed to escape arrest in 90-s, he even succeed in proving his noninvolvement in Malishev’s grouping activities.  

Malishev's OCG has a great experience in money laundering through the foreign companies. The beginning of financial machinations was laid by Andrey Berlin in far 90-s. Former student-mathematic, who was judged for stealing in 1974, being Alksandr Malishev’s protégé, created confectionary Inex-Limited. Other companies of the grouping – limited liability partnership (LLP) Nelly-Druzhba and Tatty, - were founded by Oleg Romanov. Money, which were received on these firms’ accounts were transferred through friendly St. Petersburg banks to Cyprus. And from there – to Switzerland in free convertible currency.

Born in war

History of the Malishev’s OCG creation harks back to far 80-s and followed a gang warfare. In the late 1987 criminals from Tambov and Malishev’s groupings had a conflict over control of a consumer goods marketplace near railway station Devyatkino. Malishev was collecting 10 000 rubles from each person. For this price sellers were allowed to work and were even provided by strong men for protection.

Once, a certain Lukonin (a friend of a well-known Vladimir Kumarin) stole a jacket from one of the sellers. The seller reported and Sergey Miskalev (nicknamed Boiler) beat up the thieves and got the item back. Offended Lukonin set Malishev’s grouping a time for a fight. Thus the story of a jacket theft grew into a real massacre, during which one of the Tambov criminals, a certain Vitya Muromsky, was killed. Broiler hit him with a knife, after Muromsky went at him. This moment could be called a turning point for Malishev himself and for his fighters as well. It is not a secret for a certain circle of people, that Aleksandr was original from Tambov grouping.


Aleksandr Malishev was born in 1958. As an ex-sportsman, he wanted to get education and even enrolled at Leningrad mechanic-instrument-making training college in 1975. During his live he learned a lot of professions, starting from doorkeeper to business director of a musical center. He was also working as a “bouncer” in restaurant and played in a shell game at a Senny market. According to rumors, his future criminal boss Vladimir Kumarin sighted a crafty guy Sasha Malishev exactly, while he was a “bouncer” in Riga bar in Krasnoselsk district. 

Malishev’s hectic life had brought him to a defendants' bench way too early. He was judged twice, in 1977 and in 1984, both times for murders. During unequal fight at Mechnikov avenue, he killed a man and got 6,5 years in colony. In 1979 he was set free on parole. The second criminal conviction also began from a fight and ended in prison.


In the late 80-s Malishev managed to consolidate about 20 small groupings, from harsh Kemerovo guys to bandits from Ulan-Ude, under his authority.  Malishev’s grouping’s membership was pretty variegated as in their style of conducting the «deals» and in their nationality as well. The total number of the OCG members, according to the Russian strongmen, estimated at 2 thousands fighters.

By 1992 Aleksandr Malishev’s grouping had been considered as one of the largest criminal organizations in Russia. Their only competitor in St. Petersburg was Tambov grouping, with which they were in permanent war.

Photo: Gennady Petrov, Aleksandr Malishev 

In days of their glory, Malishev’s bandits totally controlled five districts of the city – Kirovsky, Moskovsky, Kalininsky, Krasnoselsky and even part of the Central district. They were interested in hotels, markets (especially car market at Salovo), restaurants, gambling establishments, including those underground, travel business in Kurortny (resort) district. Later they expanded to drug business and a well-organized network of brothels.


The resort district was controlled by so-called Komarov’s – grouping of Yury Komarov, which controlled all hot spots in Svestroretsk and Zelenogorsk by collecting tributes from the hotels, restaurants, camps and sport bases. 

As time went by, interests of Malishev spread on other rather legal spheres of business, those are colored metals buying centers, antique trade and even producing of small-bore guns. Malishev was one of the first who started to legalize from criminal authority into a businessman. His cabinets in Pulkovskaya hotel and at Berezovaya alley on Kamenny Island, were attained by significant businessmen and even by heads of large banks, for example, Oleg Golovin (Petrovsky bank).


As time went by, interests of Malishev spread on other rather legal spheres of business, those are colored metals buying centers, antique trade and even producing of small-bore guns.  Malishev was one of the first who started to legalize from criminal authority into a businessman. His cabinets in Pulkovskaya hotel and at Berezovaya alley on Kamenny Island, were attained by significant businessmen and even by heads of large banks, for example, Oleg Golovin (Petrovsky bank).

Starting from 90-s, Malishev began to introduce a certain know-how into his business – to fix up «his» loyal people to important posts in government establishments and large business-structures, buy up controlling blocs of stock through dummy persons and even, as it is said, to educate his accountants and economists in luxury universities of St. Petersburg.

 A hard October

The Malishev’s OCG’s end, according to strongmen, came on 8 October 1992. On this day the grouping’s leaders were arrested. Malishev himself and also Andrey Berlin, Vladislav Kirpichev, Gennady Petrov and 14 people more, were charged with extortion in membership of organized criminal grouping. Malishev’s bandits were accused in extortion of entrepreneur Sergey Dadonov’s property.


Malishev’s grouping’s case was run by St. Petersburg Regional Directorate of Combating Organized Crime, under the case of fraud of businessman Sergey Dadonov, owner of Niltov Company. He collected money from firms in Moscow and St. Petersburg, promising to deliver a large lot of beer, and then just disappeared. Businessman met with complaints from Dagestan grouping. He went to Malishev’s OCG for help, but they asked for paying for their help. They demanded his firm to conclude an agreement with a German company SeyKaM Import-Export Khandels GmbH for purchasing can beer at a cost of over $1,21 million. Then Niltov started to collect prepayments from those businessmen, who were interested. According to Russian service and strongmen, Malishev’s bandits organized this speculation, while Dadonov was only carrying out their instructions. 

The hearing of the case started on 25th of April 1995 in the St. Petersburg City Court. It is interesting, that Dadonov has never showed up on the hearing and journalists were unsuccessfully searching for him for two years after. There were rumors, that operativist just hid him, so bandit would not killed him. 

The hearing was notable. Well-known people of the Northern capital, such as Aleksandr Nevzorov and even State Duma deputies wanted a recognizance not to leave for Aleksandr Malishev. However, only his accomplices - Kirpichev, Berlin and Petrov, got the recognizances. In 1993, they were set free.

Александр Малышев

Photo: Aleksandr Malishev

The hearing was fast and pretty scandalous. The accusations in banditry were not successful – most of the defendants were declared not guilty. Malishev was only charged with illegal gun storage for 2 years. After the leader’s arrest, his criminal empire came apart in 3 months. After that, Tambov grouping become the main criminal organization in the city.

During his imprisonment, Malishev tried to control everything and conducted his deals through his lawyers, but main positions had already been lost. What is more, his comrade-in-arms started to die. In 1995 Sergey Akimov, a criminal authority nicknamed Maradona, died in a car accident. He controlled Pskov on behalf of Malishev. In December 1995, another criminal died in Kresty (a remand prison in St. Petersburg) – Stanislav Zharinov, also known as Stas Zhariny (Stas Fried). He died from a so-called overdose (he was considered as owner of Kirovsky district and specialized in brothels’ organization). In June 1996, Vyacheslav Kirpichev was shot down in nightclub Joy.

Yury Komarov, aka. Komar (Mosquito), who was looking after Kurortny district of St. Petersburg, also had some hard times. After arrest of Malishev and his comrades he had to deal with impudent Tambov and Kazan criminals. Komar survived several attempts upon his life from Caucasus groupings.  Some of his bodyguards though did not survive.

That’s why, Malishev started looking for the ways of escaping from Russia. In 1998 he received an Estonian citizenship, but two years later, Estonia put him on wanted list for using forged documents. In 2002 Malishev was arrested in Germany after Estonia’s request, but he was set free soon after. His next point of no return was Spain. Aleksandr Malishev cut his ties with the Homeland, married Latina and took her surname. From now on he became Alejandro Lagnas Gonsales and settled in Malaga, where his 90-s’ friend started to arrive one by one. Then the company gradually spread on Costa-del-Sol and Balearic Islands.

Prodigal sons' return

The whole Spanish story ended nothing in 2010. In spite of the fact, that the Judge Baltazar Garson and whole National Trial Chamber were firmly configured, and Aleksandr Malishev even spent a long time in prison with Basque terrorists, all arrested were soon transferred to home arrest, after paying millions on bail.

The first, who came back to the Homeland, was Gennady Petrov. Firstly he went to St. Petersburg, in 2011, to see his ill mother. He came back to Spain and later in 2015 – to St. Petersburg, where he decided to stay. The same thing did Leonid Khristoforov. In 2014 Ildar Mustafin, a close friend of Malishev, also returned to St. Petersburg. After that, Malishev himself came back to St. Petersburg. What is interesting, after breathing in air of Gulf of Finland all criminals suddenly felt bad and sent medical statements to the Spanish court. Also, rumor has it, that Yury Komarov is currently in Thailand, where he is trying not to attract local authorities’ attention.


Video: 20 years later godfather from 90-s Alksandr Malishev came back to St. Petersburg

It is hard to say, whether this situation appeared as a result of Spanish authorities’ connivance or of another reasons. Before the Spanish court examines the accusation, no one will know the truth. However, as in Russia citizens are not being given away, and Spanish legal system implies judicial investigation, without meeting by correspondence, criminal prosecution of these persons seems hardly to imagine. 

Today, all targets of the case live their quite almost pensionary lives. According to rumors, Malishev lives in a beautiful Stalin house at Tipanova Street in Moscow district, and often visits his country house. Gennady Petrov lives a wealthy life – his son has a jewelry store network. Though Malishev’s grouping does not exist now. But no one told, that you couldn’t change one sunny country on another, more hospitable, where people are more interested in investment than in mistakes of youth. 



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