Court arrests associate of thief in law Guli detained in Chelyabinsk 

Court arrests associate of thief in law Guli detained in Chelyabinsk
Rakhman Abdullayev Photo: Nail Fattakhov / Znak.com

Kingpin Rakhman Abdullayev is accused of extortion.

Today, the Central District Court of Chelyabinsk chose a pre-trial restriction measure in the form of custody for a period of two months against the Ural mafia boss Rakhman Abdullayev.

Abdullayev, whom officers of the criminal investigation department of the MIA’s Main Directorate for the Chelyabinsk Region detained yesterday, is accused of extorting 300 thousand rubles (~5.000 USD) from a 26-year-old entrepreneur. He himself does not admit guilt and actively protested against custody, referring to poor health and asking to send him under house arrest.

As Znak.com reports with reference to the senior assistant to city prosecutor Igor Ivanov, according to the investigation, in the summer of 2017, the victim (native of Azerbaijan) sold a Mercedes car of 2003 for 300 thousand rubles to the acquaintance of Abdullayev. However, later the buyer demanded to return his money, as he was not satisfied with the quality of the car. For this, he involved Abdullayev himself. Under pressure, the former owner of the car eventually had to write a receipt that he would return the money by a certain date, but he could not do this and was already being demanded a forfeit for the delay.

Asking for the arrest, the investigators identified the importance of Abdullayev in the Chelyabinsk Region's criminal environment and the existence of extensive ties in the criminal circles of the region and other Russian subjects, as well as relatives outside the country. Due to these reasons, he can hide from the investigation and the court.

In his turn, the prosecutor reminded that Abdullayev had already served time for arbitrariness with the use of violence (part 2 of Art. 330 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation and (or) carrying firearms (part 1 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code). In addition, he knows the close entourage and whereabouts of the victim, as well as his relatives, so being at large he can affect the witnesses and the victim and hinder the investigation.

In addition, it was established that at the time of the crime the kingpin was under administrative supervision since shortly before that he had been freed from a penal colony, but repeatedly violated the restrictions.

It is to be recalled that Abdullayev was detained yesterday in the mall Almaz in Chelyabinsk, where he extorted money.

Abdullayev is considered to be a protege of one of the most influential thieves in law Nadir Salifov (Guli). On behalf of the latter, he controls markets in several regions, including the famous Yekaterinburg vegetable base number 4, which was previously “protected” by the people of Rovshan Dzhaniev (Rovshan Lenkoransky), before he was killed in Turkey in 2016.

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