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Russia is a ‘virtual mafia state’ according to Spanish prosecutor
Wikileaks reveals a prosecutor's claims that Russia regularly uses the mafia for operations it could ‘not acceptably do as a government’ and that the mafia exerts ‘tremendous control’ over vital components of the global economy.
AFP - Russia is a virtual "mafia state" whose political parties operate "hand in hand" with organised crime, said a US memo revealed by WikiLeaks and published by the Guardian newspaper Thursday.
Spanish prosecutor Jose Gonzalez told US officials that "he considers ... Russia to be a virtual 'mafia state'" where "one cannot differentiate between the activities of the government and organised crime groups," it said.
Gonzalez, who has been investigating Russian organised crime in Spain for a decade, also agreed with poisoned dissident Alexander Litvinenko's thesis that Russian intelligence and security services "owned organised crime."
The memo, sent in February of this year from the US embassy in Madrid, cited the senior prosecutor as claiming that "certain political parties in Russia operate 'hand in hand' with organised crime."
"He argued that the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was created by the KGB and its successor, the SVR, and is home to many serious criminals," the memo continued.
In a meeting with a senior French diplomatic adviser, Fried asked "whether rogue security elements could operate...without Putin's knowledge," given the leader's "attention to detail."