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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mob Suspect Arrested




ATHENS, Greece -- Police on Tuesday arrested an alleged member of a Russian organized crime ring who is wanted by Interpol and Russian authorities on suspicion of involvement in 13 murders, authorities said.


Vladimir Tatarenkov, 46, was allegedly heading the operations in Greece of a Russian organized crime ring apparently based in Krasnoyarsk, police in Thessaloniki said.


Following a tip last week, undercover Interpol and Greek police officers arrested Tatarenkov and his wife, Galina Tselak, 37, as they were on their way to the beach in Komotini, 220 kilometers west of Thessaloniki, authorities said.


Tatarenkov allegedly threatened police with a small handgun during the arrest, but was overpowered, they added.


A search of the Russians' apartment at a hotel they partly own yielded six handguns, 300 bullets, six hand grenades, four walkie-talkies and hundreds of forged passports and documents for Greek citizenship applications.


A Russian police delegation is expected to travel to Greece to assist investigations of Tatarenkov, who is suspected of 13 murders in Russia.