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WikiLeaks: Prosecutor says Russia armed Kurds in Turkey

Posted by βιβλιοπωλείο "χωρίς όνομα" στο 2 Δεκεμβρίου 2010

One of the WikiLeaks-published documents discloses detailed Spanish National Court Prosecutor Jose Grinda Gonzalez’s assessments of organized crime in both Eurasia and Spain.


He considers that organized crime seeks to be a complement to state structures. “He summarized his views by asserting that the Russian Government’s strategy is to use organized crime groups to do whatever the Russian Government cannot acceptably do as a government. As an example, he cited Kalashov, whom he said worked for Russian military intelligence to sell weapons to the Kurds to destabilize Turkey. Grinda claimed that the Russian Government takes the relationship with organized crime leaders even further by granting them the privileges of politics, in order to grant them immunity from racketeering charges,” the disclosed cable says.http://news.am/eng/news/40202.html

WikiLeaks: Prosecutor says Russia armed Kurds in Turkey
Russia is a virtual «mafia state» whose political parties use organized crime to carry out operations it could not «acceptably do as a government,» a Spanish prosecutor said, citing the sale of arms to Kurds in order to destabilize Turkey as an example, according to recently leaked U.S. cables.

Spanish prosecutor Jose Gonzalez told U.S. officials that «he considers … Russia to be a virtual ‘mafia state'» where «one cannot differentiate between the activities of the government and organized crime groups,» according to a diplomatic cable made public by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks and published by the Guardian newspaper Thursday.

Gonzalez, who has been investigating Russian organized crime in Spain for a decade, also agreed with poisoned dissident Alexander Litvinenko’s thesis that Russian intelligence and security services «owned organized crime.»

The memo, sent in February of this year from the U.S. embassy in Madrid, cited the senior prosecutor as claiming that «certain political parties in Russia operate ‘hand in hand’ with organized crime.»
«He argued that the Liberal Democratic Party, or LDP, was created by the KGB and its successor, the SVR, and is home to many serious criminals,» the memo continued. The allegations in the cables were not supported by evidence.

In addition, the leaked cable suggested that Russian authorities used the mafia to carry out operations it could not «acceptably do as a government,» citing the sale of arms to Kurds in order to destabilize Turkey as an example.

The document added the authorities took «the relationship with crime leaders even further by granting them the privileges of politics, in order to grant them immunity from racketeering charges.»
Any crimelords who defied the country’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, could be «eliminated» either by killing them or «putting them behind bars to eliminate them as a competitor for influence,» Gonzalez claimed in the cables.

Far from being a localized problem, Gonzalez said he also thought the mafia virtually ran Belarus and Chechnya and exerted «tremendous control» over vital components of the global economy, including aluminum.

 http://infognomonpolitics.blogspot.com/2010/12/wikileaks-prosecutor-says-russia-armed.html#more

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