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Russian mobster arrested in Ecuador.

Ecuador anti drugs officer (Photo credit Alberto Bailon Associated Press)

Since he arrived in handcuffs at the Judicial Police (PJ) of Pichincha in the north center of Quito, Myasnikov M. remained silent, just speaking with his translator.

The russian was wanted by Interpol accused of murder, illegal storage of firearms and explosives in his home country, Russia.

The official website of Interpol has two photographs of  the arrested mobster and the website informs that the man is 1.80 m. height.

An agent who participated in the police investigation said that in March 2010, the russian handled his ID in the Civil Registry of Quevedo, in Ecuador. The document says he is Ecuadorian, but called  Luis V. Ziga.

The police said that the ID document is a fraud.

However, the archives of the National Civil Registry said that the russian lived in Guayaquil, and in his ID his name was M. Myasnikov and that he was born on November 19, 1976. This last figure does not match the one on the page of Interpol, for there is said to be born on November 18 of that year.

Police said they have a driving license type B, which appears as Luis V. Ziga

The deputy head of the Judiciary Police of Pichincha, Lt. Col. Jose Ortiz, said the man lived in Ecuador since 2006. The ecuadorean Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says he is registered since 2008, with alleged zero income tax.

An agent who investigated the case said that shortly after arriving in Ecuador for eight months the russian was manager of a flower exports company . But then the owners of that company decided to fire him.

Then, the russian put a  factory of window structures in one of the valleys of Quito. In addition, he made trips to Peru, a country that allegedly he tried to expand his business.

The criminal investigation on this person began more than six months ago, leaded by the ecuadorean Intelligence, in coordination with  Interpol in Quito.

Lt. Col. Ortiz also said the man’s arrest took place at about 12:30 yesterday at a cafe in the valley of Quito.

Also, at first tried to put up resistance and even denied his identity, but by matching his fingerprints filed by Interpol , the authorities found that it was the wanted man.

Last week, the country authorities stopped in Quito the second chief of the FARC’s Front 48, alias Danilo. Before his arrest, the autorities arrested alleged members of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel and alleged members of Al Qaeda.

Last May, Jay Bergman, director of the DEA for South America, said that Ecuador is becoming a “United Nations” of organized crime.

This is because, according to the official, the “drug traffickers from Albania to China use it as a platform to reach agreements with cocaine smugglers.”

In the case of the foreign national arrested yesterday, the ecuadorean officers revealed that he allegedly has ties to the Russian mafia.

It was known under the name of Luis V. Ziga, the alien had at least one bank account with $ 1 000 000 and a luxury vehicle. Investigations continue to determine the origin of money and investment in the property. There are suspicions that the money would be devoted to money laundering.

After 17:00, the detainee was transferred to the pretrial detention center while awaiting deportation. The man was taken amid a strong police protection. Gendarmes of the elite units of police guarded the prisoner. Agents wearing bulletproof vest and helmet stayed all afternoon in the interiors of the Judicial Police. The stranger remained silent.