Dispersing crowned thieves to avoid clusters – Penitentiary Service official
Federal Penitentiary Service (FPS) of Russia personally makes decisions about escorting crowned thieves to a particular colony, the head of FPS for the Kemerovo Region Konstantin Antonkin said.
According to official information of the competent authorities, two men claiming to be thieves-in-law are currently serving sentences in Kemerovo colonies, as well as 300 people, who are leaders of the criminal underworld. The chief of Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Kemerovo Region Konstantin Antonkin provided this data to reporters yesterday.
Antonkin said that Kemerovo colonies do not record the facts of so-called "coronations." The two kingpins, who are serving their sentences in the local colonies, are visitors from other regions, according to the chief of Main Department of the Penitentiary Service. However, Antonkin noted that FPS personally makes every decision about escorting crowned thieves to a particular colony. At the same try, they are trying to disperse the criminals, so as to avoid clusters in a single place.
“They are dispersed evenly over the territory of the Russian Federation,” - the official stated.
In March 2016, a crowned thief Jemal Mikeladze, better known in the criminal underworld as Jemo, was freed from Kemerovo penal colony №5. Upon release, he was met by criminal investigation officers, who escorted him to the Zavodskoy Court of Kemerovo. There, in accordance with the European Convention, it was decided to extradite him to Italy. The Italian authorities accuse Jemo of creating a transnational criminal organization of a mafia type.
Video: the arrest of a crowned thief Jemo
The businessman stated that he had given the money to the Head of the Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Internal Security of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) for "advancing the case" on the watch stolen from him by ICR officers.