Police arrest 11 Russians in Marbella for money laundering

AFP - [email protected] • 27 Sep, 2017 Updated Wed 27 Sep 2017 15:51 CEST
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The owner of Marbella football club was one of 11 Russians arrested in connection with laundering more than €30 million ($35 million), Spanish police said Wednesday.


The gang is accused of using the club, as well as a water bottling company and a golf course in the coastal province of Malaga, to hide dirty money.    

The arrests were made on Tuesday, police said.    

Spain has been rocked by a series of corruption scandals involving politicians of all political stripes, businesses and football clubs.   

Alexander Grinberg bought Marbella football club when it was facing financial difficulty in 2013.

Police said he used the club and his properties to gain favour with political and business leaders in the region, home to the Costa del Sol.    

A member of the Spanish Guardia civil stands on boat during a raid targeting the Russian mafia in the Puerto Banus marina area of the southern resort of Marbella. Photo: AFP

Officers searched the headquarters of the football club, which is in Spain's third division. The club sent a message of calm to its supporters after news emerged of the arrest.

In total, officers carried out 18 searches, seizing a large amount of cash, 23 high-end cars and firearms.

Spanish police said an investigation into corruption and organised crime, launched four years ago, has led to the break-up of the Spanish branches of the major Russian crime groups Solntsevskaya and Izmailovskaya.

Members of the Spanish Guardia civil speaks with a person held in custody during a raid on a boat targeting the Russian mafia in the Puerto Banus. Photo: AFP



AFP 2017/09/27 15:51

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