Brother of thief in law Armen Kanevskoy released on bail in Armenia
According to the investigation, he tried to get a fake passport.
Artem Arutyunyan (Artem Kanevskoy), crime lord and the brother of the late thief in law (vor) Armen Arutyunyan (Armen Kanevskoy) has been released from an Armenian prison on bail of 20 million drams (about $40.800), NEWS.am was told by Samson Galstyan, the spokesman for the National Security Service (NSS).
Artem Arutyunyan is accused of inciting a passport forgery. According to the investigation, he turned to an official with the request.
In June of this year, NSS officers came to Arutyunyan’s office with a search warrant; the findings were not reported.
The checks could have been a part of the large-scale operation throughout the country, during which the security forces came to the houses of dozens of thieves in law and crime lords in Armenia. Some were taken to police stations for a talk and Arutyunyan was one of those.
Armen Arutyunyan (Armen Kanevskoy) was his brother who died in 2010. He was a protégé of Aslan Usoyan (Ded Khasan) and was operating in the Krasnodar region.
Ded Khasan and Artem Kanevskoy
Artem Arutyunyan spent most of the time in Armenia but was always in touch with his fellow crime lords in Russia. For example, according to Artur Atabekyan (Artur Molodoy), the protégé of Gia Kutaissky and Alfason, Kanevskoy was among the organizers of 2015 global thieves’ summit in Yerevan, which was convened by Shakro Molodoy.
Searches and blisters of the Armenian thieves started immediately after the non-violent change of power when Nikol Pashinyan became the prime minister.
The release of authoritative thief-in-law Tariel Oniani (Taro) became a milestone event for the criminal world. The conflict with followers of Ded Khasan was put on hold for the duration of his almost 10-year-old prison term – the rival parties were waiting for the first steps of Taro. However, the law enforcement authorities decided to procrastinate the intrigue further and detained the crowned thief for 40 days immediately after his release. Still, taking that ‘thief № 1’ Shakro Molodoy is serving a prison term, his successor Shishkan keeps low profile, while other thieves-in-law are either abroad or disorganized, Taro has a chance to reassert himself as a serious power.