It is noted that the investigation possesses two recorded talks in 2018. Durign the phone talk, trustee of Carles Puigdemont, Victor Tarradellas reported to the head of the Spanish region that some Russian group offers 10,000 Russian soldiers and payment of the external debt of the new country to protect it. However, Puigdemont refused from the offer.
“If they agreed, the event, possibly, could be tragic and would case the armed conflict with the state with the undetermined number of deceased,” the judge noted.
On October 1, 2017, the referendum on independence from Spain was held in Catalonia. Then leader of the Government of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont was one of the initiators of the referendum. The government in Madrid called the referendum and its results unconstitutional. In October 2019, the Supreme Court of Spain sentenced nine Catalonian politicians, including Puigdemont and public figures to long-term imprisonment for an attempt of separatism. Such a decision caused the protests in Catalonia.
Since October 2017, Puigdemont lives in Brussels, where he moved after the Constitutional Court of Spain recognized the declaration of independence of Catalonia illegal. In May 2019, the Catalonian separatists Carles Puigdemont and arrested in Spain Oriol Junqueras obtained a right to hold seats in the European Parliament gaining the necessary amount of votes from the Spanish voters. In January, the authorities of Belgium stated they will not extradite Carles Puigdemont to Spain until he uses parliamentary immunity.
In November 2019, Judge of the Supreme Court Manuel García-Castellón opened the investigation against the possible activity of the group tied with the intelligence services of Russia before the unsuccessful referendum on Catalonia’s independence.