Belarusian ‘Thieves Committee’ and new contenders for thieves’ crowns
Kushner’s men usually become Belarus underbosses. The title is now claimed by Mustafa and Saltyn from Moscow. There is also Sazon, who expressed his wish to become a thief in law.
Russian law enforcement agencies have inflicted another blow on organized crime and thieves in law, who in Belarus are considered persona non grata. From now on, the ‘titled’ Belarusians cannot enter Russia till the end of their days. But as we know, organized crime syndicates have no borders.
There are not many thieves in law in Belarus now. One can count them on the fingers of one hand. They are Galey, Pashtet (Pate), Lebed (Swan), Medvezhonok (Bear cub), Mumu, and Kushner opposing them all with his protégés who constitute the Belarusian ‘Thieves Committee’. Denis Maks, who is a self-proclaimed thief in law nicknamed Den Bobruisky and member of Sergey Molnar’s gang, is currently trying to get his crown once again. Aside from him, the title is claimed by Mustafa and Saltyn living in Moscow. There is also Sazon, who expressed his wish to become a thief in law.
Sasha Kushner, who Shakro Molodoy had discrowned in the summer of 2016, left Belarus and settled in Turkey. As for the ‘Dubai godchildren’, all of them except for Mumu and Lebed have been convicted and are serving time in different prisons. After Oleg Slutsky was set free, he was taken under administrative control while Lebed left his homeland once released. Galey, who is serving a long term, declared himself a Buddhist rather than a thief. According to some reports, the prisoner is getting out of his way to earn extra ‘points’ that would secure him an early parole.
Of all the listed above, only Sasha Kushner is recognized as a thief in law, and his protégés are the Belarus underbosses. There are certain names like Lukyan, Sazon and Lesha Bogdan that are known. Kushnerov himself supervises some of Belarusian prisons.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).