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Hours after it emerged that the Special Prosecutor’s Office against Corruption and Organized Crime gave protection to Puigdemont’s friends investigated for their alleged involvement in the creation of the Tsunami Democràtic (the organization that stormed the airport of El Prat and cut the road connection with France after the sentence of the Supreme Court for the coup), new data emerge about the Russian plot of the fugitive former president of the Generalitat and the origin of the “Tsunami”.

Puigdemont’s aulic adviser and current director of the former president’s office, Josep Lluís Alay, made several trips to Moscow in the spring of 2019 in which he met with Russian businessmen, journalists and spies, many of them involved in the so-called “hybrid war” launched by the Kremlin to destabilize the European Union and the United States.

In an extensive report, The New York Times alludes to a “European intelligence report” to state that “in Moscow, the emissary, Josep Lluis Alay, a senior adviser to the self-exiled Catalan ex-president Carles Puigdemont, met with Russian officials, former intelligence agents and the grandson of a well-connected KGB spy. The goal was to secure Russian help to achieve the separation of Catalonia from the rest of Spain.”

Puigdemont and Alay deny that they sought Russian support and attribute the revelations to “a fanciful story created by Madrid.” However, the US newspaper adds that “whether Alay knew it or not, many of the officials he met with in Moscow are involved in what has become known as the Kremlin’s hybrid war against the West. It is a multi-layered strategy that employs propaganda and disinformation, secret funding and destabilizing political movements, cyber attacks and information leaks.”

“It is unclear what kind of assistance the Kremlin has provided to the Catalan separatists, or whether it has provided any support. But after Alay’s trips to Moscow in 2019 a stealthy protest group, Tsunami Democràtic, quickly emerged,” The New York Times abounds.

The intelligence report cited by the referred newspaper also notes that “Alay, along with Russian businessman Alexander Dmitrenko, sought technical and financial assistance in Russia to create banking, energy and telecommunications sectors separate from Spain” and implicates the fugitive’s lawyer, Gonzalo Boye, in a contact “with a leader of a violent Russian criminal group as part of an attempt to establish a secret conduit of money to finance their activities.”

Connections to organized crime Dmitrenko is a businessman married to a Catalan woman and who was denied Spanish nationality three years ago by the Interior Ministry because there was evidence that he worked for Russian intelligence services. The resolution of Interior, as reported by El Periódico de Catalunya, adds that ” contacts have been detected of this individual with some of the main leaders of transnational organized crime of Russian origin, for whom he also performs different tasks”.

The holder of the court of instruction number 1 of Barcelona, Joaquín Aguirre, is who investigates the Russian plot of Puigdemont on the basis, for example, of conversations detected in the mobile phone of Alay. In one of them with Dmitrenko there is talk of a business of selling oil between a Russian and a Chinese company. Alay is very interested and after a few days, the businessman replies that 299,000 euros have arrived in Russia as collateral. “Congratulations to all of us, first big step done”, says Dmitrenko. “Very important,” Alay replies. The judge is trying to unravel the meaning of these conversations, but the prosecution considers that there is no evidence of a crime.