Spanish prosecution tends to put Aleksander Malishev on international wanted list
Spain accuses Aleksander Malishev-Gonsales with State Duma deputy Vladislav Reznik and former head of the Federal Drug Control Service Nikolay Aulov in money laundering. According to Rosbalt (Russian news agency), Spanish prosecutor’s office has recently prepared a petition for Malishev’s arrest in absentia and placing him on international wanted list. The petition will come to the court in the near future.
Judge of the Spanish Central Investigative Court №5 José De la Mata Amaya convicted the Russians on 17 December, 2015, when they were still in Spain. Malishev was in Spain till January and his representatives had even attended some hearings. However then, the criminal disappeared and occurred in St. Petersburg, where he currently lives.
The «Russian Mafia» case appeared in Spain in 2008. The gang was incriminated money laundering, tax evasion and forgery of documents. There also were accusations in organization of prostitution, drugs and weapon trading, but the investigation could not collect necessary evidential base.
Malishev’s gang was organized in the far 80-s in typical for that time circumstances – after a criminal conflict. For the moment Malishev had already been convicted twice (in 1977 and 1984), both times for murders – simple fights, which ended up with deaths. In the end of 80-s Malishev united under his command about 20 small groupings of very different people: from harsh Kemerovo guys to bandits from Ulan-Ude. The total amount of people in the organized criminal grouping (OCG), according to the security servicemen, estimated at 2 thousands fighters. The grouping was growing and by 1992 became one of the largest criminal organizations in the Russian Federation. However, in the same year the OCG was doomed – on 8 October the bandits were caught, they were incriminated extortion of property of an entrepreneur Sergey Dadonov.
Back then most of the accused were declared not guilty; Malishev himself got only 2 years for the illegal weapon storage. But while the gang’s leaders were in court the OCG fell under control of Malishev’s direct competitors – Tambov grouping.
Malishev decided to leave the country and have a try in another place. In 1998 he obtained Estonian citizenship, but two years later Estonia put him on the international wanted listed for using forgery documents. He then came to Germany, where he lived for a while until he was arrested again because of the same Estonian scandal.
After that Malishev moved to Spain, where he married a local women and took her surname, becoming Alehandro Lagnas Gonsales. There, far from Russia, his criminal friends started to gather.
Their first problems with the Spanish legislation started in 2008. However form the old gang no one went to jail – they only got off with a multimillion taxes.
In total, Spanish authorities accused 26 citizens of Russia and Spain under the «Russian mafia» case. Later many figurants were released on a bail.
In the early May judge of the Spanish Central Investigative Court №5 José De la Mata Amaya put out an international arrest warrant for 12 Russian citizens, who have never arrived to Madrid.
It is not customary for Russia to give away its citizens, while Spanish system demands presence of defendants at hearings, therefore criminal prosecution of Malishev and his friends seemed very doubtful till today.
The scandal was heated by the Spanish special forces’ guess about high-ranking protectors of the criminals – as the CrimeRussia reported earlier, Aleksander Malishev is closely connected with present secretary of the Security Council. It is hard to say how this fact will influence the Spanish court’s petition.
The billionaire colonel who held the post of head of the regional Economic Security Department, and then Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department for more than 12 years, kept his 1 billion ($15.2 mln) in bank accounts.