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In struggle against Georgia’s “Russian mafia”2010-03-16 16:07
69 mafiosi from ex socialist countries have been detained in the European Union. Most criminals are Georgia-born, now accused of money laundering, gun and drug dealing, robberies, bribery, money extortion and murder schemes. Teriel Oniani, now incarcerated in Russia can get into the prisoner's box together with them. The mafia boss who as some sources report once sponsored Mikheil Saakashvili can now be extradited to Spain upon request of the prosecutor's office.
Since Soviet times when Russian-speaking people of Soviet origin were called "Russians" relating to Tadjiks, Ukrainians or Georgians the Georgian mafia in Spain has been called Russian.
That's why the Spanish press is reporting on current detentions of "mafia bosses" exclusively as "the struggle against Russian mafia". Like in 2005 when "Wasp" operation resulted in detention of 28 Caucasian men while one of the leaders - Teriel Oniani - fled to Russia on fake documents to get away from Spanish justice.
In 2008 after "Troyka" operation Russians, leaders of Tambov (Gennady Petrov) and Saint-Petersburg (Alexey Malyshev) criminal gangs, as well as 20 their accomplices from Russia and Ukraine went to jail.
Now it turns out that at the time of "Java" operation mostly Georgians, a few Armenians and Russians were detained. In an interview with CNN a spokesperson of Spanish judicial authorities remarked with reference to the investigators that the Georgians were in charge of the mafia structure. So it would be more correct to call it "Georgian" as some Western news agencies did knowing nationalities of the criminals.
Recently 24 persons were taken into custody in Spain. Nearly 45 criminals - in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France. As France Presse reports the operation was preceded by a year-long investigation. The group was laundering money via a Spanish jeweler living in Valencia and some Armenia-born persons who invested the money into small businesses.
One of the detainees is Kakhaber Shushanashvili, 38, a mafia boss, nicknamed Kakha Rustavsky who lives in Barcelona, Gazeta.ru reports with reference to ABC. Another leader is Zviad Darsadze, 37. The names of other detainees have not been reported yet.
In reply to journalist request the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied having information on Georgia-born detainees in Europe. The mafiosi had obtained local Spanish passports. According to Prime Crime news agency Kakha Shushanashvili, a younger brother of Lasha Rustavski, a mafia boss, fictiously married a Spanish woman for legalization.