“However strange, uneconomic or unconventional were the commercial operations in which the defendants invested, if the origin of the acquired, converted, transmitted or concealed property is not proven of beeing from criminal activity, there is no money-laundering offence, “explains the Chamber (translation of the last paragraph of the press release on the sentence in Troika Russian Tambov gang case).
Arrest warrant for several Russian and Spanish citizens in Spain, considered to be part of the criminal gang of Zakhar Kalashov (see also the sentence issued by the Supreme Court of Spain), alias Shakro, dated of 2006.
One of the defendants in Spanish “Russian mafia case” (Tambovskaya gang or Troika case), Juan Untoria Augustin, asks the judge to release him from pre-trial detention. He argues that the presumed head of the gang, Gennadi (Gennadios) Petrov was introduced to him by his classmate, Spanish intelligence officer. Mr Untoria states that the officer knew Petrov during his counter intelligence work:
“Mr. Alises belongs to the CNI, and had a relationship with Mr. Petrov when he was in the KGB, and the former was responsible for counter-intelligence at CESID. Said man told [to Untoria] that he knew an important businessman, personal friend of the then President of Russia, Mr. Putin, since they worked together in the KGB, (where the position of the first [Gennadios Petrov] was of greater responsibility), and that this man, called Guennadios Petrov, wanted to settle in Spain and undertake a seriesbusiness, in the field of real estate, and in the import and export of food products between Russia and Spain, and that, for such purposes, he needed a lawyer in Spain.
Likewise, he indicated that Mr. Petrov had highly relevant companies in Russia, among which he highlighted that of a jewelry chain, with more than three hundred and fifty stores located in the most relevant residential areas of the capital and cities of the country”.
In this petition to court, Petrov is also called a friend of State Duma deputy Vladislav Reznik and then minister of communications Leonid Reiman.
A phone conversation between Gennady Petrov, defendant in the Troika case of Tambovskaya gang, and Iskander Makhmudov, which took place on September, 21, 2007, at 17:36. Makhmudov promises to Petrov to “do everything right now” in response to a previous Petrov’s request.
From the Troika case, examined at Madrid’s court, 2018.
According to the Spanish Prosecution, Yuri Salikov, calling Makhmudov “The Chinese” in his own conversations with Petrov, from pretrial detention, expected that Makhmudov pays a deposit to allow Salikov to be released.
Spanish law enforcers’ undated unsigned report on Oleg Deripaska’s ties to organised crime – Izmaylovskaya , mentioning also Alisher Usmanov and Roman Abramovich:
“Deripaska … was closely linked to transnational organized crime and this fact is widely recognized. For example, this is the case of the Russian citizen of Uzbek descent Alisher Usmanov, who would be investing Deripaska’ funds in the European market”.
” Deripaska is currently making a special effort to dissociate himself entirely from the criminal circles with which he collaborated previously. And as indicated above, this is the case of Cherney and Izmailovskaya. To be exact, the main purpose of this attitude is to achieve a relevant role in the group of oligarchs closest to the Russian administration. For that he tries to play the same role as the oligarch Roman Abramovich who is attributed the role to manage the private economic interests of Vladimir Putin.“