International–El Confidencial–8 hours ago
Aleksander Greenberg appeared in the company of one of the leaders of Arnold Tamm’s criminal community.
The Russian businessman and the owner of football club Marbella Aleksander Greenberg is detained in Spain within special operation on the detention of members of the Solntsevo organized criminal group, El Mundo reports.
According to the newspaper, the Spanish law enforcement authorities detained Greenberg together with Arnold Tamm – Arnold Spivakovsky, ex-CEO of Kosmos hotel complex and also former chairman of the board of directors of hotel association Intourist. The newspaper calls him one of the leaders of the group.
According to the newspaper, the purpose of law enforcement authorities is Semyon Mogilevich – former co-owner of Inkombank, who is wanted by FBI for frauds with stocks of the American company YBM Magenex International. Spivakovsky, as the newspaper writes, is connected with Mogilevich.
Details of Greenberg’s detention were given by DiarioSur. According to the media, the detention took place in the region of Costa del Sol. A helicopter was involved in the operation. Besides, within the operation, searches in several offices in cities Mikhas, Estepona, Puerto-Banus and Marbella and also at the office of football club Marbella were carried out.
In total 11 people were arrested: besides Greenberg, it is the owner of Agua de Mijas drinking water producer and one of his assistants. All detainees are accused of participation in organized criminal groups and money laundering by the Russian mafia in Spain.
Federal agents arrested nine reputed members of a Brooklyn-based Russian organized crime syndicate Wednesday with close ties to an underworld group in Eastern Europe known as Thieves in Law, authorities said.
A 10-count indictment unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court charges them with racketeering, extortion, loansharking, marijuana trafficking and illegal gambling.
“The defendants, all of whom are members of the transnational enterprise, report abroad to high-ranking organized crime members living in Eastern Europe,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew Jacobs and Andrey Spektor stated in court papers.
The Thieves in Law helped the Brooklyn mobsters collect extortion debts from victims living outside the U.S., the prosecutors stated.
One victim who owed the Brooklyn mobsters $200,000 was tracked down in Israel and other family members were in Russia with the help of the Thieves.
The Brooklyn mobsters operated in Coney Island and Brighton Beach, sources said. High-stakes poker games were set up at a building on Coney Island Ave. which from the outside appeared to be an auto leasing and private security business.
One defendant, Aleksey Tsvetkov, was previously convicted of racketeering in 2005 and deported to the Ukraine. But Tsvetkov was allowed to return to the U.S. and granted asylum after claiming that he was tortured when he returned to his homeland.
Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, and the NYPD also busted Leonid Gershman, Renat Yusufov, Igor Krugly, Vyacheslav Malkeyev, Isok Aronov, Yusuf Pardilov, and Librado Rivera.
The leader of the syndicate is indicted but remains a fugitive, officials said.
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