Spain reaccuses Central Bank Deputy Chairman Torshin of money laundering and criminal connections
Newspaper El Pais became aware of the details of the report of the Spanish Civil Guard to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office of the country as of June 14, 2016. They confirm that the confiscated property of leader of Taganskaya crime group Alexander Romanov, convicted in Spain for laundering money and swindling, belonged to Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank Alexander Torshin.
According to the publication, the Civil Guard has 33 audio recordings of telephone conversations between Torshin and his confidant in Spain Alexander Romanov from August 7, 2012 to May 13, 2013.
According to the newspaper, these negotiations show Torshin's participation in Romanov's semi-legal hotel business. In particular, it is reported that 80% of Mar I Pins hotel in Mallorca, in which Romanov invested 15 million euros of Taganskaya gang, belongs to Alexander Torshin.
The report states that the partnership between Romanov and Torshin began to develop between 1995 and 1998, when Torshin served as State Secretary of the Central Bank of Russia for the first time, and Romanov worked there under his leadership. In addition to business relations, Torshin and Romanov were connected with friendly relations, the newspaper writes. In particular, it is known that Torshin is the godfather of a Romanov's child. The document of the Spanish law enforcement agencies call the Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation the owner of the financial flows of Taganskaya crime group laundered in Spain.
Transcripts of telephone conversations that were recorded with the sanction of the Spanish court indicate this. Among them there are Romanov's talks featuring that "the boss himself cannot buy the hotel, because he is a civil servant" and that the "godfather" intends to leave the hotel as a legacy of one of his two daughters.
The publication notes that in general telephone conversations were conducted from the phone of Alexander Torshin's wife in order to observe safety, but some official’s calls were made from his working number in the Federation Council. Among other proofs of the connection of the former senator with the Tagansky leader in Spain there is the email address of Torshin – firstname.lastname@example.org – in the autosuggestion of his email account found during the arrest of Romanov.
The Spanish law enforcement authorities had suspicions that Torshin personally gave instructions to members of Taganskaya gang in Moscow about the methods of money laundering using Spanish bank accounts and real estate.
As The CrimeRussia has reported, in the 90s Alexander Romanov held senior positions in a number of Russian companies directly connected with various gangs (Solntsevskaya, Izmaylovskaya and Taganskaya). In particular, Romanov was the CEO of Kristall plant between 2000 and 2005, before that he worked in the Central Bank under the direct supervision of Torshin. In 2005 Romanov was sentenced by Russian court for 3.5 years for swindling. After being released on parole he left for Spain.
The allegations of Alexander Torshin’s links with organized crime and money laundering in Spain first sounded in 2014 after the law enforcement authorities of Spain detained ten people in Mallorca on suspicion of swindling, among whom there were Romanov along with his wife Natalya Vinogradova. The detention revealed Romanov’s documents that indicated the contact of members of the organized criminal group with the political leader in connection with a series of raider seizures.
In the summer of 2016 Bloomberg published information about Alexander Torshin's contacts with organized crime in Russia again, but at first they were refuted by Torshin himself, and then by the Spanish Civil Guard, to which the agency referred.
In 2018, the official became a founder of a fund that deals with shooting and entrapment of wild animals in a hunting sector he supervises. With that, the official did not report about it to his senior executives.