Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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Spain Issues Warrants For Top Russian Officials, Putin Insiders

A Spanish judge has issued international arrest warrants for several Russian political figures and former government officials closely linked to President Vladimir Putin.





Putinfellas

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.
Source: Putinfellas