‘Russian mafia’ trial in Palma

A HEARING will be held in Palma against 12 people allegedly linked to the Russian Mafia.
The main accused, Alexander Romanov, who remains in prison on remand, is charged with money laundering, organising and belonging to a criminal group, crimes against workers’ rights, document falsification and revealing secrets, according to the Balearic High Court of Justice. If found guilty, he faces 17 years in prison. He was arrested in his luxury mansion in Calvia, where more than €250,000 worth of jewellery was found.
He, his wife, her parents and others have been required to pay sums amounting to €200 million in civil liability. His wife, Natalia Vinogradova, is facing 26 years in prison for similar crimes.
The arrests were carried out in December 2013 in Mallorca, where the accused, believed to belong to the ‘Taganskaya’ gang, had allegedly invested up to €14 million illegally in just a few months, with the purchase of the Mar i Pins hotel in Peguera, amongst other methods.
The other 10 people on trial allegedly advised or helped Romanov to invest the money he was sent from Russia. They also include a lawyer.
The Taganskaya is one of Moscow’s most notorious criminal organisations, whose modus operandi involves acquiring legal business structures through violent means and then forcing them into fraudulent bankruptcy.
The operation which resulted in their arrests was coordinated by the Guardia Civil and Europol.

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