: Mafia friends of President Putin wanted in Spain

16:44 May. 3, 2016

Mafia friends of President Putin wanted in Spain

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Getty Images)

List of names includes Russian former deputy PM and other high-rank officials

Spanish Audiencia National [National Court] has issued an international arrest warrant for several Russian former high-rank officials. They have been accused of participating in Tambov and Malyshev's criminal gangs. This is according to Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo

Among the names on the list are Vladislav Reznik, former Russian lawmaker, and Nikolai Aulov, ex-deputy head of the Russian drug control service. 

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Other persons associated with the criminal organisations are Dmitriy Kozak, who used to be a head of the Ministry of Regional Development of Russia and Leonid Reiman, former Minister of Informational Technologies and Communications.

The list of suspects also includes a Russian ex-deputy Prime Minister and former members of the country's Parliament. The wanted were reportedly connected to President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle.

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The Spanish Court issued the warrant after a criminal investigation against the leaders of the Tambov and Malyshev's gangs in 2008. They operated in Spain for more than 10 years. Spanish police accused the criminals of murders, arms and drug trafficking, extortion, fraud, forgery and bribes.

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