Spain arrests Estonian mafia boss Slava Kemerovsky
The arrest had been requested by Estonia, where a gang led by the Russian native was operating.
The leader and three members of Kemerovskaya gang that had been operating since the 1990s were detained in south of Spain at the request of Estonia.
Spanish law enforcement agencies and their Estonian counterparts carried out the special operation. The gang leader Vyacheslav Gulevich, 57, aka Slava Kemerovsky was among the detainees.
When detained, Gulevich and his cronies were placed in custody on suspicion of international drug trafficking. The suspects are going to be extradited to Estonia soon. Vahur Verte, the state prosecutor, said that real estate, vehicles and cash of the bandits are being confiscated. The prosecutor added that the case might have more suspects at some point.
According to the Estonian newspaper Postimees, Gulevich was born in the Russian city of Kemerovo. In the mid-2000s, Slava Kemerovsky was considered the second most influential figure in the Estonian criminal world after the then leader of Estonian organized crime Nikolai Tarankov (killed in September 2016). Vyacheslav Gulevich served a sentence for extortion by decision of the Tallinn City Court between 2005 and 2010.
According to media reports, Kemerovskaya gang is one of the oldest ones in Estonia. Russians settled in Tallinn in the late 80's - early 90's and formed criminal groups for conducting illegal business there. Apart from Kemerovskaya, there were Permskaya, Krasnodarskaya, and other gangs. However, Kemerovskaya was considered one of the most ruthless and cruel ones. In the 90's, the gang was engaged in extortions, protection rackets, ran prostitution business and drug trafficking.
There is still no information on the traces of Gulevich's criminal activities committed in Russia.