In Spain, the case of bribing a judge for the sake of mitigation of punishment was closed, in which the main Russian thief in law Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) was suspected. This is reported by the newspaper La Razón, citing its own sources.
Information about a possible bribery appeared in the media in October 2021. In the correspondence on another criminal case, the Investigative Court No. 1 of Barcelona found a mention of Shakro Molodoy. The materials said that Shakro, extradited to Spain on suspicion of money laundering, through his lawyer for a bribe, achieved a reduction in the sentence.
The lawyer of the thief in law stated that he did not commit any illegal actions in the interests of the client. The materials of the investigation were transferred to the court of Madrid, which within five days closed the case of the leader of the Russian criminal world for lack of evidence.
In 2005, Spain carried out a large-scale operation against the Russian mafia, called “Wasp”. Then Kalashov managed to escape from the police, but in 2006 he was detained in the United Arab Emirates and extradited to the Spanish authorities.
In June 2010, a Spanish court sentenced the crime boss to 7.5 years in prison and a fine of 20 million euros for money laundering. In 2014, Shakro Molodoy returned to Russia, where in 2018 he was sentenced to 9 years and 10 months in prison for extortion.