Mopping-up operation: Spain suspects Russian mobsters of laundering €30m
According to reports, the Russians were detained in the ongoing Operation Wasp the Spanish police had started in 2005.
Some details have surfaced regarding the operation conducted by the Spanish police to detain Russian mobsters. Yesterday, Spanish authorities detained 11 people allegedly associated with Solntsevskaya, a well-known Russian criminal group. Among them was Alexander Grinberg, a Russian businessman and owner of the Marbella Football Club.
According to new information published by RBC citing a source in the special services, the Russians were detained in the ongoing Operation Wasp the Spanish police had started in 2005. The source said that the detainees might be associated with another criminal enterprise known as Tambovskiye. According to the information available, it is a gang established by Gennady Petrov, the members of which created a network of shell companies in the country to register them as real estate owners. They resold property raising the price each time and thus were able to launder the money. The source added that the case file mentioned a sum of over €30 million.
During the special operation, Spanish intelligence services conducted searches at the Marbella city stadium, Marbella FC headquarters, Aguas de Mijas offices and the Dama de Noche golf club. They seized firearms, large amounts in cash, computer equipment, and documents. 23 cars were seized as well.
The CrimeRussia is going to make a detailed report on the special operation carried out by the Spanish intelligence services.
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