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Berlin Jewish leader arrested in crime sweep

A former active member of Berlin’s Jewish community was arrested in a sweep of a crime syndicate.

Mikhail Rabo is one of 20 people arrested in a sweep of alleged masterminds of the powerful Tambov-Malyshev Russian crime syndicate. Police told reporters Monday that Rabo, 55, was arrested June 19 under a European warrant after a police raid on alleged Russian crime bosses in Spain. Spain has now requested Rabo’s extradition.

Rabo reportedly was the group’s number two boss overall, and number one in Berlin.

The gang is associated with the crimes of money-laundering, weapons and drug trafficking, documents fraud, smuggling of cobalt and tobacco, extortion and ordering assassinations. The Guardian newspaper said the Spanish raid was carried out with the help from German, American and Russian police.

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