: Seven members of Russian mafia arrested in Spain

13:54 Jun. 28, 2016

Seven members of Russian mafia arrested in Spain

Members of the Special Intervention Unit of the Civil Guard stand on a vehicle at the 'Duque de Ahumada' Young Guards College in Valdemoro on March 21, 2016 in Valdemoro, Spain. (GettyImages Photo)

The suspects reportedly had meetings with members of Russia's ruling political party United Russia

At least six Russians and one Ukrainian have been arrested in the Spanish port city of Tarragona, local media outlet El Mundo reports on Tuesday, June 28. The detainees are allegedly members of Russian mafia, operating in the country.

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According to El Mundo, the suspects have been laundering money for two powerful gangs, known as Tambov and Tagan criminal groups. Furthermore, sources say, the mafia members have held meetings with some high-ranking Russian officials, namely members of the country's ruling party United Russia.  

Read also: Operation "Matryoshka": Russian mafia penetrates European football clubs

The persons, arrested by the law enforcers, are also said to have established contacts with narcotic dealers, linked to Colombian drug cartels.

The operation against the Russian Mafia, conducted by Spanish Civil Guard officers and Anti-corruption Prosecutor, is ongoing, El Mundo says. Spain has also ordered to arrest 192 property assets, connected to the criminal activity in several cities in the country. 

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