Contents tagged with Spain

  • Spanish intelligence accuses Kremlin of supporting crisis in Catalonia

    Spanish intelligence has published an official report revealing its suspicion that Russia intervened in the Catalan crisis.

    According to El Pais, Spain’s National Cryptologic Centre - which is responsible for protecting the country against cyberattacks on the state administrations network – published a report relating cyber threats discovered in 2017 and announcing Moscow's interference in the Catalonian elections. However, the agency did so without providing specific evidence of the latter.

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  • Media: Former Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont considered possibility of fleeing to Russia

    Former Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont considered the possibility of fleeing to Russia prior to his detention in Germany; however, he ultimately chose to attempt to return to Belgium, where the authorities did not extradite the politician back to Spain.According to sources of the newspaper El Mundo, Puigdemont considered two variations for further movement during his time in Finland at the end of March. In particular, he considered fleeing to St. Petersburg, which is not far from Helsinki. …

  • Spanish Foreign Minister: Russia needs to be condemned for invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea

    In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis believes that Russia should continue to be condemned for invading Ukraine and annexing the Crimea; at the same time, he believes a dialogue should be maintained with the country to resolve global conflicts.

    "Some of its [Russia's] activities cannot be considered friendly. Some of them are intolerable, such as the invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea. However, one must be realistic and …

  • Spain extradites Russian businessman accused of stealing from FSB

    Spain has extradited Invest Victoria CEO Mikhail Lyagin, who is accused of stealing more than 550 million rubles ($9.7 million) from an FSB enterprise, the press service of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) told Interfax.

    Russia’s Investigative Committee has charged Lyagin according to two articles of the Criminal Code – Art. 159 (fraud on an especially large scale) and Art. 174 (money laundering). The case is being overseen by the Sochi department of the Russian Ministry of …

  • Russian deputy faces up to 5.5 years in Spanish prison in 'Russian Mafia' case

    In Spain, State Duma Deputy Vladislav Reznik faces up to five and a half years in prison and a €100 million fine in the case of the “Russian mafia”, reported La Opinion de Malaga.

    On Monday, February 19, the court began to hear the case about money laundering in Spain by Russian immigrants. According to the investigation, the crimes were committed in the 1990s.

    Among the defendants of the case is the current State Duma deputy Vladislav Reznik. He attended the trial. “I came to the session …

  • Spain extradites Russian 'King of Spam' to US

    According to the Spanish police’s website, the Spanish authorities have extradited Russian hacker Peter Levashov, who had been accused of cyber-fraud, to the United States.

    36-year-old St. Petersburg native Peter Levashov was arrested by the Spanish authorities in April 2017. The United States immediately demanded his extradition. Levasho was incriminated in the creation and use of a Botnet more commonly known as Kelihos. Hundreds of thousands of computers around the world were Infected with …

  • Austrian court makes final decision on extradition of Ukrainian oligarch Firtash to Spain

    The Vienna Court of Appeals has decided to refuse Spain’s request for the extradition of Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash. The court's decision, which was reported by Levyy Bereg, is final and cannot be appealed.

    The court thus confirmed the legality of the decision taken in October by the Higher Regional Court of Vienna.

    The Court of Appeals decided to refuse Firtash’s extradition to Spain due to the absence of a crime, place and time.

    "The Court ruled to deny the Spanish request for …

  • Spain says it has evidence of Russian interference in the Catalan referendum

    The authorities of Spain have reported intervention by groups from Russia during the referendum on Catalan independence in order to destabilize the Spanish state. Deutsche Welle reports that the country’s Defense and Foreign Affairs Ministers made a statement on this topic on Monday, November 13 in Brussels.

    They stressed that Spain has evidence that public and private groups in Russia and Venezuela, used Twitter, Facebook and other social networks and websites as part of a large-scale …

  • Spanish Government: Catalan crisis was instigated by Russian hackers

    Russian hackers worked to exacerbate relations between Spain and Catalonia by spreading messages on social networks, as stated by two Ministers from the Spanish government, DW reports.

    Spain's Minister of Defense, María Dolores de Cospedal, noted that many messages on social networks on the topic of Catalonia came from the Russian segment of the Internet, however it is unknown whether the Russian government is involved.

    The presence of evidence of an intervention by hackers from "Russian …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: We cannot draw parallels between Catalonia and the Crimea

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin believes that parallels should not be drawn between Catalonia, which declared independence from Spain, and annexed Crimea because of the absence of Russian troops in the first case.

    "Imagine 2,000 Russian tanks and armored vehicles, thousands of Russian regular troops and tens of thousands of Russian mercenaries all in Catalina today. All this would be controlled by Russia... But in the sense of Russia's attempts to conduct a hybrid war …