Spanish prosecutor: Britain's contribution to fighting Russian organised crime is “zilch”
Spanish prosecutor is widely known as the man who "brought down the Russian mafia in Spain," as he has been fighting Tambovskyaya, Solntsevskaya, Malyshevskaya, and Izmaylovskaya organized crime groups of Russia. Jose Grinda condemned the UK’s lack of cooperation in a fight with the organized crime which has gone increasingly global.
Jose Grinda, one of Europe’s leading prosecutors, has condemned the UK’s lack of cooperation in a fight against Russian organized crime, which has gone increasingly global. He delivered his speech at the Hudson Institute in Washington, The Independent pens.
“We have a wonderful relationship with the United States,” the Spanish prosecutor told. “However we have a very serious problem in fighting organised crime with the UK. We have very serious problems in getting them to cooperate—with the exception of drug trafficking [cases]. It’s zilch, it’s less than negative. It just doesn’t exist.”
The prosecutor, highlighting British failings, claimed authorities in the UK had failed to arrest a Russian-Israeli businessman, Michael Cherney, when he visited in 2009, despite anarrest warrant issued against him. The Spanish believe Mr Cherney to be the leader of the “Izmailovskaya”, one of Russia’s most high-profile mafia groups.
Mr Grinda said he subsequently raised the issue in 2012 with a British representative, who told him there would be a change in approach, a change he claims has not happened. As The CrimeRussia reported earlier, in 2006, Grinda received information on European’s connections with Russian organized crime from ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned soon after his arrival to Spain.
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