Russian mafia laundered 62 million euros in Spain 

Russian mafia laundered 62 million euros in Spain
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19 searches were conducted, 191 property objects and 161 bank accounts were arrested.

As a result of a special operation in Catalonia 8 people connected "Russian mafia" in Spain were arrested. Names of the detainees were not disclosed. It is known that 6 of them are Russian citizens, one is Ukrainian citizen and the last is his attorney (a Spanish citizen).

"Leaders of the criminal group have been laundering huge sums of money through various offshore zones, using front companies. It is assumed that the laundered funds were obtained illegally from various Russian criminal groups ", - stated the Spanish Civil Guard.

According to Spanish law enforcement agencies, the detained were involved in  shady real estate transactions. Fictitious mortgage loans were allegedly conducted with a total sum of more than 62 million euros.

19 searches were conducted, 191 property objects and 161 bank accounts were arrested.

According to the Spanish El Mundo, the detainees had "close contacts with politicians from their country." Allegedly, representatives of the United Russia party, who are connected with corruption cases, stayed with them on weekends. In addition, the detainees also had relations with Colombian drug cartels in Cali and Medellin. The leaders are two Russians, which established the criminal scheme, and then moved to the city of Tarragona, where they supervised the work of their subordinates. Also the arrested were directly related to the Taganskaya and the Tambovsko-Malyshevskaya criminal groups.

Spanish police launched a special operation at 6 am in the town of Reus, Salou, Cambrils and the Vilafortuny (Catalonia) resort. About 180 members of the Civil Guard were involved in the operation, which was conducted in coordination with Europol.  

The leaders of the "Russian mafia" in Spain are believed to be Alexander Malyshev, Gennady Petrov and Leonid Hrestoforov. The National Court of Spain issued an international warrant for their arrest after they fled to Russia waiting for the trial.

Later, law enforcement authorities of the Kingdom of Spain announced deputy of the United Russia party Vladislav Reznik in the international search. According to investigators, main suspect Gennady Petrov also maintained relations with Anatoly Serdyukov, Viktor Zubkov, as well as former Minister of Communications Leonid Reiman, former deputy chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Igor Sobolev, deputy director of the Federal Drug Control Service, Colonel-General Nikolai Aulov and Head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin.

In December 2015, Spanish prosecutor’s office prepared an indictment on the case of the "Russian mafia" and demanded 8 years sentence for main accused Gennady Petrov, 6.5 years for his wife Elena Petrova and 5.5 years for the other defendants. The total list of defendants includes 27 names of people, who are involved in the criminal groups operating in Spain since 1996. 

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