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Arrests made over Marbella villa bought with Russian public funds

Police searching a safe.
Police searching a safe. / SUR
  • A Russian former senior official was detained for buying a luxury villa in Marbella with money allocated for the preservation of Russian cultural heritage

A former senior official in the Russian Culture ministry has been arrested in Vienna (Austria), along with his wife, son and lawyer on the Costa del Sol, as part of Operation Hammer, looking into the purchase of a luxury villa in Marbella using funds set aside for the preservation of Russian cultural heritage.

They have been arrested for laundering money with the purchase of the four-million-euro property.