Spanish law enforcers conducted what they described as the largest operation against the Russian mafia in the decade. A gang of 23 people was taken in, including two Ukrainian citizens, reports Deutsche Welle.
The culprits are suspected of laundering money that comes from Russian organized crime. The gang invested the money brought from Russia into real estate on the Spanish coast. The criminals also tried infiltrating the official establishment in this country, resorting to bribery.
The mafia members tried to take key sectors of the Spanish economy under control. The law enforcers managed to get a grip on this group in 2013. The culprits were in charge of disco bars, restaurants, and real estate infrastructure located on the country's seacoast.
Among the detainees are eight Russians, two Ukrainians, one Kazakh and one citizen of Algeria, and 11 Spaniards. The police seized 300,000 euros, diamonds, and digital wallets with cryptocurrency. The law enforcers also believe that the members of this gang could be involved in murders, human trafficking, smuggling drugs, and firearms.