The Fate of The Tambovskaya & Malyshevskaya Criminal Gangs in Spain

The fate of Russian gangs after their criminal prosecution in Spain
16.08.2017
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At the beginning of the millennium in Spain, St. Petersburg criminal leaders Alexander Malyshev and Gennady Petrov created their own empire, investing in elite real estate, buying hotels and restaurants, and opening construction companies. The Spanish climate even contributed to the unification of the two warring St. Petersburg criminal groups, Tambovskaya and Malyshevskaya. Anastasia Khlopkova investigated how after Spanish persecution, the companions helped each other to adapt in Russia.

Petersburg disassembly, Spanish friendship

The Tambovskaya and Malyshevskaya criminal groups appeared in St. Petersburg in the late 1980s. Tambovskaya built their business "on seizures, murders and kidnappings of businessmen [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]", the TV program Honest Detective reported in 2008. Malyshevskaya controlled hotels and restaurants, antique shops and gambling houses. In 1988, they staged one of the first criminal wars in St. Petersburg near the subway station Devyatkino. There, gang members " twisted thimbles and collected bribes from sellers in the spontaneous clothing market."

Once Tambovskaya took money from street vendors in Malyshevskaya territory and their reaction was immediate, gang leader Alexander Malyshev retaliated heavily. "Everyone was armed with what they had. The elephant (Yuri Alymov) took a submachine gun, Stas Zharenyi (Stanislav Zharinov), a 1906 revolver. Someone took out a bleeder, Broiler took a hefty cleaver," it was told in the late 1990s.

Leader of Malyshevskaya’ group Alexander Malyshev. Photo: fontanka.ru

In 1989, Sergei Miskarev was given six years for murder, while the other participants in the criminal brawl received shorter sentences. However, Alexander Malyshev remained free. By that time he had already been imprisoned twice, in 1977 for a deliberate murder, in 1984 for murder by imprudence.

In the late 1990s, Malyshev went to Estonia and received a new citizenship. However, it turned out that the Russian had produced a false birth certificate and he was imprisoned for a month. After this incident, Malyshev moved to Spain, where he became Alexander Langas Gonzales, married a Spanish woman and took her surname.

In 1997, a friend of Malyshev, one of the last leaders of the criminal group of Yuri Alymov (Elephant), was killed in St. Petersburg. Militia officers assumed that, without Malyshev's patronage, the Elephant could not cope with the youth gang members. Many of them were unhappy with the fact that they had to send money to Alexander Malyshev in Spain.

Gennady Petrov also moved to Majorca in the late 1990s, where he was part of the "Tambov business community", led by St. Petersburg businessman Vladimir Kumarin-Barsukov (leader of the Tambovskaya gang). “Gennady Petrov agreed with the head of the Malyshevskaya gang and concluded a non-aggression pact," a 2008 investigation said.

Troika and Deputy Reznik

Malyshev and Petrov lived in Spain for ten years, but local authorities figured that the "Russian mafia" laundered Russian money in Spain only in 2008. At that time, the Russians owed taxes of € 100 million and so special operation "Troika" was conducted to expose the gang.

Gennadyi Petrov (on the left) and Alexander Malyshev (on the right). Photo: www.svoboda.org

Twenty Russians were detained in Mallorca, Malaga, Madrid and Alicante. All of them were deemed Tambovskaya gang members and among the detainees were Gennady Petrov and Alexander Malyshev. Additionally, deputy of the State Duma of Russia Vladislav Reznik and his wife Diana Gindin were also announced as suspects and their Majorcan villa was searched.

The Spanish preliminary investigation reported "Diana Gindin, Reznik's wife, is involved in making important decisions and in carrying out important economic operations for the group." They also said that Vladislav Reznik was a direct subordinate of Petrov. The deputy did not purchase his own villa, but allegedly received it from the company Inmobiliaria Balear. The cost of the villa was € 1.2 million. The transaction took place with the participation Petrov’s subordinate, Andrei Malenkovic, who also represented the interests of Reznik and Gindin.

The search at Vladislav Reznik’s Spanish villa

Later, Vladislav Reznik himself stated the villa was acquired legally. He called the Spanish investigation a political provocation.

In 2015, a Spanish court brought charges against 26 citizens of Russia and Spain. Among them Petrov, Malyshev and Reznik with Gindin. They were ordered by January 2016 to appear in court and provide bail of € 133 million. But none of them fulfilled the requirements of the court and they were arrested in absentia. In the spring of 2016, they managed to appeal this decision, after they were expelled from the international warrant.

In addition to the villa in Spain, in 2008, Diana Gindin purchased an apartment (275.7 sq. m.) in Miami with a loan from an American bank for $ 1.4 million rubles. Gindin signed the contract for the acquisition of real estate at the US Embassy in Moscow, with the witness of the transaction being Olga V. Petrova.

The Spanish affair did not affect the career of Reznik. In 2016, he was elected as a deputy in the State Duma. During that period, his income amounted to 323.4 million rubles (in 2015 - 72.9 million rubles).

The Reznik-Gindin family owns hunting grounds (1.3 million square meters) in the Smolensk region. The son of Vladislav Reznik, Alexander owns a hunting farm, LLC Krinitsa. Reznik, Jr. also owns a share in LLC Heating Insulation Materials Plant, founded in 2014 with the participation of the Cyprus offshore Livimol Holding LTD. The sole owner of the Cyprus shares is Lennart Asset Management LTD (the Virgin Islands) and is registered at the same address as the private fund of Mikhail Prokhorov ONEXIM.

LLC Heating Insulation Materials Plant will begin operations in Krasnodar Krai by 2018 on the site of the bankrupt factory of CJSC Vinzavod Tikhoretsky Plant. More than 1.5 billion rubles have been invested into this project.

Petrov’s marriage and Malyshev’s comeback

The Spanish crisis also had an insignificant effect on the Petrovs. Gennady Petrov’s son - Anton owns over 20 private companies in the fields of microfinance, real estate rental and building demolition. He owns the holding Baltic Monolith, jewelry network 585 and MFO FastMoney (Fast money). Petrov Sr. officially does not own anything.

Petrov Jr. in 2016 took 26th place in the billionaire rankings with an income of 37 billion rubles.

Anton Petrov, like Alexander Reznik (the son of a United Russia deputy), are not public figures, they do not have social networking pages and they do not have Instagram.

In 2015, 34-year-old Anton married the 21-year-old Elizaveta Bryksina - the daughter of a State Duma deputy from United Russia, Alexander Bryksin. After the wedding they wrote: Anton Petrov left his pregnant wife Marina Abrosimova (singer MakSim) for her.

Anton Petrov and Elizaveta Bryksina. Photo: woman.ru и biozvezd.ru

Gennady Petrov’s son made a good choice. United Russia member Alexander Bryksin himself in 2015 ranked 67 in Forbes’s rankings for civil servants. His income was 130.4 million rubles and in 2016 he declared 205.6 million rubles income. For his 50th birthday Alexander Bryksin spent  quite a lot, the party hall cost him 1 million rubles, as well as paying for performances by Alla Pugacheva (on average costs € 200 thousand) and Grigory Leps ( € 100 thousand).

Malyshev returned to St. Petersburg in March 2015, "Twenty years later, the godfather of the 90s returned to Petersburg," St. Petersburg publications reported. Malyshev spent seven years under house arrest in Spain.

At home Malyshev was helped by his partners. In 2016, Anton Petrov transferred his share (16.7%) to LLC Neva. The St. Petersburg company specializes in renting and managing residential real estate. Among the owners of the Neva since 2010 was Olga Solovieva, who is called "Malyshev’s civil wife." Solovyova also was in the Spanish prison and she was released in 2009. According to the investigation, she administered her husband's criminal affairs.

The company Neva has received five state contracts, the last in December 2016 for 751 thousand rubles for supplying electricity through the attached network for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Nevsky district.

Malyshev, along with Solovieva, became co-owners of St. Petersburg's Avtodom LLC. Since 2015, he has owned real estate rental company LLC Megapolis (authorized capital - 15 million rubles). Since 2017 Malyshev's partners were his sons Mikhail and Ivan (they bear their mother’s last name).

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