Mr. Torshin has established ties to Russia’s security establishment. His is a close ally of President Putin. He served in the upper house of the Russian Parliament and also sat on the country’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee, a separate government council that includes the director of the Federal Security Service, known as F.S.B., and the ministers of defense, interior and foreign affairs.
Spanish investigators claim Mr. Torshin laundered money for the Russian mob through Spanish banks and properties while he was in Parliament. Mr. Torshin has denied the accusations.
Mr. Torshin is a life member of the National Rifle Association in the United States and a vocal advocate for gun rights in Russia