Crime lords meet in Istanbul, discuss intensifying persecution of crime lords in Ukraine 

Crime lords meet in Istanbul, discuss intensifying persecution of crime lords in Ukraine
Vyacheslav Abroskin

Georgian crime lords believe the Ukraine police are tightening the screws due to Mikhail Saakashvili taking the dissident route, according to Head of the Donetsk Region Department of the Ukrainian National Police Vyacheslav Abroskin. It is not true, he said; the war on crime lords is not due to nationalistic reasons.

Georgian crime lords are worried about the Ukrainian authorities tightening the screws.

Influential crime lords discussed the National Police’s war on crime lords during a recent meeting in Istanbul, Abroskin wrote on his Facebook page.

Gayoz Zviadadze aka Giya Kutaissky, Lasha Barateli aka Chia, Levan Tsintsadze aka Kosta, Dadiv Chkhikvishvili aka Dato Surgutsky, and some other influential crime lords attended the meeting, according to Abroskin.

Georgian crime lords believe the Ukraine police are tightening the screws due to Mikhail Saakashvili taking the dissident route, Abroskin said.

"I would like to reassure our ‘comrades’ our actions have no underlying nationalistic reasons. Crime lords will find it harder and harder to live in Ukraine," Abroskin said.

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Picture from Vyacheslav Abroskin's Facebook account

To recall, the National Police suggested bringing back Article 331 (Illegal State Border Crossing) of the Ukrainian Criminal Code to help fight crime lords’ influence. Harsher legislation will help "ensure there are no so-called 'touring artists' and crime lords in Ukraine," Abroskin believes.

The Ukrainian Police deported 14 crime lords in 2016. However, crime lords go back despite the deportation policy. For example, they feel secure in the Odessa region, where they run an established criminal business. During his speech in Kiev on September 25, 2017, Chief of the National Police Andrey Krishchenko said there were at least 10 crime lords in the Ukrainian capital. There are 120 crime lords from all over CIS-countries in Ukraine, according to Ukrainian Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoliy Matios’s statement made earlier in August of 2016.

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