Enforcers deal with senior thieves: Chipa and Vilik detained in Moscow
One of them faces a term for petty bribery and the other one for theft.
Law enforcers have caught two of the oldest thieves in law this week. One of them, a 70-year-old criminal boss named Nugzar Akhvlediani aka Chipa was caught doing petty bribery: he was offering 1000 rubles to a traffic police officer. The mafia boss had been stopped running a red light, and to quickly settle the matter, he offered a bribe to the inspector. However, this seemingly trivial incident was interrupted by police officers. Akhvlediani’s actions are now regarded as petty bribery with a punishment of up to three years in jail.
He said at the police station that he had been in prison once, in his early years, for forgery of documents. To the question whether he was a thief in law he replied that police officers are the real thieves and not him. Despite his health complains and even an ambulance that came at some point, Chipa was left in a temporary detention facility for the night and released on his own recognizance the next day.
82-year-old Viliams Amirkhanyan (Vilik) is another known mafia lord who was caught: on pocket theft. Surveillance cameras in a Krylatskoye Sberbank office helped to identify him. He was seen putting his hand into a handbag of one of the bank's clients and stealing 20 thousand rubles and a savings book. 5 days later he was detained and placed in custody. A case was opened under part 2 of Art. 158 of the Criminal Code (Theft).
Karina Tsurkan was taken under arrest on suspicion of espionage. The board member of Inter RAO turned out to be a Russian national as opposed to the earlier claims that she was a Moldovan one. She gave up her Moldovan passport two years ago.
Nana Hernandez Getashvili, architect accused of stealing money from Rostec head Chemezov, no longer under in-absentia arrest
The Europe’s best architect of 2014 and 2015 in three nominations in a prestigious international competition in London is accused of two counts of major fraud. The total damage from the fraud is estimated at about 10 million euros.
The clampdown on the ‘Baltic laundromat’ hasn’t destroyed the global cash-out market. ‘Black cash’ is still laundered at the state level. Apparently, the main money laundering hub is currently located in a small Central Asian country – Kyrgyzstan. Ethnic criminal groups operating in Russia, Europe, and Central Asia use it to legalize their shady proceeds. Revenues generated by the illegal business are estimated at $500 million per year. However, it is impossible to covertly launder money on a global scale. Is the national political establishment involved in the criminal schemes?