Armenia to extradite vor Merab Tbilissky to France

Armenia to extradite vor Merab Tbilissky to France
Merab Kalashov

Merab Kalashov is charged with preparation for a crime, hiding of property stolen by an organized crime group, and money-laundering.

Prosecutor General of Armenia Artur Davtyan decided to extradite thief in law (vor) Merab Kalashov (Merab Tbilissky) to the French authorities, who have been looking for him on charges of a number of crimes since 2015. The decision was made on the basis of France’s request and petition for arrest and extradition.

To recall, last week, Kalashov was detained by Armenian police in the Nubarashen district of Yerevan, which was reported to the Prosecutor General's Office and the National Central Bureau of Interpol in Armenia. After this, the court arrested the 43-year-old vor for 2 months.

It is noteworthy that in 2016, when being then a citizen of Poland (he is currently a stateless person), was already detained in Armenia at the request of France. However, at home, Kalashov was only accused of illegally crossing the border of Armenia. He was not extradited to France, and nothing was reported on his further fate.

To note, after the opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan came to power as a result of the “Velvet Revolution” in the spring, mass detentions of local thieves and searches of their homes began.

In particular, siloviki raided the houses of such vors as Suren Avetisyan (Surik Leninakansky), Zhirayr Brutyan (Zhiro Shaumyansky), Norayr Piloyan (Koncho), Suren Avetisyan (Surik Leninakansky), Artem Gazaryan (Artemik Leninakansky), Armen Manukyan (Sevo), Gevork Melikyan (Gevorik Oshakansky), Rafael Khoetsyan (Afo), and many others. Weapons, ammunition, and drugs were found during the searches. In this connection, some representatives of the criminal world were subjected to administrative detention. Later, thieves in law Andranik Arutyunyan (Ando Khromoy) and Aleksandr Makaryan (Alo) were charged with possession of narcotic drugs.

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