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In 2010, [Spanish Judge] Grinda briefed U.S. officials in Madrid about the investigation, informing them that the Kremlin used “organised crime groups to do whatever the government of Russia cannot acceptably do as a government.”According to a classified cable from the U.S. embassy that was published by Wikileaks, the prosecutor told the American officials that Putin’s Russia was a “virtual mafia” state where it was impossible to distinguish between the government’s activities and those of organized crime groups.In terms of countering the threat Putin’s Russia poses to the West, the Spanish investigation is no less important than NATO’s moves to rotate four brigades through the alliance’s frontline states in Eastern Europe.The alliance’s decision to beef up defenses on its eastern flank should create a credible deterrent to the kinetic threat from Moscow.But dealing with the more insidious non-kinetic threat, the one stemming from Moscow’s weaponization of organized crime, is a job for law-enforcement.

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Spain announced the Deputy of the country on the international wanted list on the case of the «Russian mafia» | Last news from Russia

Another suspect in links with Petrov — Deputy head of the FDCS Victor Ivanov, Nikolay Aulov, a former colleague of Putin in the KGB in Leningrad and St. Petersburg, the article says. The materials of the investigation there is evidence of 78 telephone conversations Aulova with Petrov. The Deputy head of the FSKN in an interview to «Kommersant» reported that the Villages, on the contrary, in December 1992, headed the operation, during which was arrested 17 gang members headed Malyshev and Petrov. According to him, it made Petrov to go to Spain and place their assets.According to Spanish media, the full list of defendants in the «case of the Russian mafia» includes, in addition to Petrov and Malyshev, a reputable businessman Leonid christoforov. Malyshev and Khristoforov, like Petrov, he returned to Russia. The list also stated: Elena Petrova, Yury Salikov, Marlene salikova, Svetlana Vasilyeva, Yulia Ermolenko, Vladislav Matusovich, Diana Gindin, Andrey Malinkovich, Olena Boyko, Olga Solovyova, Michael Rebo, Ildar Mustafin, leocadia Martin, Ignacio Pedro Urquijo, Irina Usova, Jeanne Gavrilenkov, Vadim Romanyuk, Antonio de Fortuny, Francisco Ocaña, Cyril Yudashev, Leonid Khazin, as well as two Spanish lawyer Juan Antonio Ontoria and julián jesús Angulo.

Source: Spain announced the Deputy of the country on the international wanted list on the case of the «Russian mafia» | Last news from Russia

Syrian civil war: Hospital in regime-controlled Aleppo partly destroyed by rebel shelling as more civilians killed | Middle East | News | The Independent

Rebel areas of Aleppo are almost surrounded by the Syrian regime, leaving only one major road in and out, raising fears that Assad’s forces are preparing to cut it off for a final assault.

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A map showing reported regime and rebel attacks in Aleppo on Tuesday. Regime territory, attacks and deaths are shown in red, rebels in green and Kurds in yellow. (Liveuamap)

At least 19 civilians have been killed at a hospital and other parts of government-controlled Aleppo in shelling attributed to Islamist rebels. Al-Dabit Hospital, which lies less than a kilometre from territory held by opposition groups, was partly destroyed on Tuesday, with footage showing its frontage collapsed and overturned cars burning in the street outside. Ikhbariya, a state-run Syrian news channel, said three women were killed and 17 wounded but other reports but the death toll as high as 24.

Source: Syrian civil war: Hospital in regime-controlled Aleppo partly destroyed by rebel shelling as more civilians killed | Middle East | News | The Independent