During a special operation in northern France, in the Somme department, the gendarmerie detained 37 people. All of them, as stated in the report of law enforcement officers, collaborated with the “transnational Russian-speaking mafia.”
Members of the criminal group are suspected of stealing vehicles and trafficking in tobacco products, the agency said on Twitter. Operational groups simultaneously conducted 61 searches. Those arrested are from Georgia and Armenia.
Last year, the French gendarmerie arrested six people from the Chechen diaspora in Dijon. They were accused of involvement in the riots, during which 20 people were injured. The demonstrations began after a 16-year-old Chechen teenager was brutally beaten by local drug traffickers.