Russian mafia abroad
Organized criminals from CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries, including those from Russia, quickly gained international distinction under the name of «red» or «Russian» mafia. It already competes head-to-head with criminal world of other countries and is successfully trying to cooperate with international mafia.
Evidence of Solntsevskie leaders’ acquaintance with State Duma deputy and Hero of Russia Vladimir Shamanov and Lokomotiv trainer Yury Syomin was photos of them together, obtained by Spanish investigators from the smartphone of one of the gang leaders Arnold Spivakovsky (Tamm), who was arrested in the Costa del Sol last year in the framework of the police operation dubbed Oligarch.
It emerged that Russian oligarchs, members of ‘Russian mafia’, and many other owners of real estate in Spain have neither Spanish citizenship nor residential permit and successfully evade national taxes. Mansions in Marbella purchased by Russians officially belong to offshore companies incorporated in Gibraltar, a tiny British Overseas Territory. The Spanish tax authorities are going to amend the legislation to identify the ultimate beneficiaries of luxury seaside properties and oblige the Russian oligarchs to pay millions of euros in taxes to the state treasury.
Death sentence upheld. ‘Russian mafiosi’ to pay for murders of Kingiseppskie gang leader and four businessmen in USA
Crimes committed by a ‘Russian mafia group’ in the early 2000s are often compared with the deeds of Charles Manson’s Family by the severity of their felonies. Several natives of the USSR had kidnapped their compatriots and killed them after getting the ransom. The gang leaders have been sentenced to death in 2007 but still remain alive. In early May 2018, the US Court of Appeals has upheld their death penalty again. The CrimeRussia performed an inquest into the Californian manhunt on fugitive banker George Safiev, one of the leaders of Kingiseppskie organized criminal group, and the ‘Russian trace’ in this entire story.