Spain asks to jail Russian MP for 5.5 years over mafia ties
Vladislav Reznik came to Spain with his wife to "redeem his name" and prove his innocence. He said he trusts the court of the kingdom.
Spain has started the trial of the persons captured in the Troika Operation and suspected of links with Russian criminal groups, according to Inopressa.ru that quoted the Spanish press. The defendants were detained by Spanish law enforcers in 2008 and belonged to Tambovskaya gang, which had operated in Spain since 1996. They are accused of belonging to the criminal community and money laundering.
According to RBC, State Duma deputy Vladislav Reznik is one of the accused. He used to serve as chairman of the Committee on Credit Institutions and Financial Markets and was a member of the National Banking Council of Russia. The deputy arrived in Spain together with his wife Diana Gindin, who is also on trial. The prosecutor's office requested five and a half years of imprisonment for Reznik and a fine of 100 million euros. Reznik and Gindin deny any wrongdoing. According to Alexander Gofshtein, the lawyer of the couple, they came to Spain "willing to redeem their name" and prove their innocence. The deputy said he trusts the court of the kingdom, TASS reported.
The gang leaders, Gennady Petrov and Alexander Malyshev, managed to avoid the trial, being outside of Spain. Their "alleged advisers and accomplices" will be tried. Petrov and Malyshev were arrested during the Troika Operation, but were later released from custody and are currently on the run. At some point, Alexander Malyshev was seen in St. Petersburg.
According to the investigation, the group supervised crimes committed in Russia, while being in the Balearic Islands, Levant and Costa del Sol. The proceeds from the crimes were transported to Spain with the assistance of legal and financial consultants, who worked for the group "almost exclusively". The Spanish prosecutor's office referred to the Tambovskaya gang as a "multifaceted organization" that used Spain to launder criminal proceeds by expanding capital and issuing loans to each other by firms that joined the criminal network.
Charges were brought against 26 persons, but only 18 stood the trial. The rest of the accused were put on the wanted list, and warrants were issued for their arrest. It is noted that six of the criminals are Spaniards.
ABC stated that part of the money that had been channeled to Spain by criminal means was invested in real estate.