Father’s son: how Serezha Bentley became Edik Tbilissky’s headache 

Father’s son: how Serezha Bentley became Edik Tbilissky’s headache
Perhaps none of the thieves in law has been recently going through so much trouble as Sergey Asatryan. Photo: The CrimeRussia

Perhaps none of the thieves in law has been recently going through so much trouble as Sergey Asatryan. He constantly has to prove his status. For some reason, other thieves do not think it is enough that he is Edik Tbilissky’s son. Especially since Asatryan Jr. regularly gives reason to doubt that he is worthy of the title. However, his more respected father both helps him solve problems and adds to them.

Thief in law Oleg Sukhochev (Sukhach), who is serving his time in Balashov, Saratov region, has greeted Sergey Asatryan (Osetrina Mladshy), who had arrived there, as a thief and wished him “good luck in life.” 

To recall, Eduard Asatryan’s son (Osetrina/Edik Tbilissky) started to have trouble in 2013, when he, Roman Dzhafarov (Romik Kurd), and Guram Chikhladze (Kvezhoevich) beat their opponents headed by Gela Kardava (Gela Galsky) and Dmitry Chanturiya (Miron). After that, all those who lose that fight were debunked. 

A year later, in 2014, Asatryan Jr. aka Serega Bentley suffered at the hands of Dagestani crime lord for his passion for lush life. The thief in law and his relative showed interest in the activities of one of Moscow car dealerships. Soon, a certain Amir contacted them and introduced himself as the one ‘protecting’ the car dealership, offering to discuss the problem. Both sides and their henchmen arrived at a thieves’ meeting scheduled in the Poklonnaya Gora area in Moscow. However, the conversation did not work out. In the fight, the whip-hand was on Dagestani’s side, which resulted in Asatryan ending up in hospital with severe injuries. 

Олег Сухачев (Сухач)

Oleg Sukhochev (Sukhach)

He got into new trouble in 2015, when he was arrested for extorting a large amount of money from a businessman. Unlike the previous time, when he spent only half a year in prison, he faced a more serious sentence this time. In February 2017, the court found him guilty and sentenced him to 9 years in a high-security penal colony under part 3 of Art. 163 of the Criminal Code (Extortion).

Nevertheless, having been placed in Moscow pre-trial detention center SIZO-2, better known as the Butyrka, Serega Bentley declared himself a thief and did not meet any objections from such thieves as Islam Bolshoy, Karyshkyr, Guram Tashkentsky, Marat Sukhumsky, and Sergo Samtredsky, who were serving their time there. Levan Sukhumsky, who joined them in February 2016, also confirmed the status of Asatryan Jr. 

“I’m a thief, and I welcome my brother, also a thief,” Abuladze wrote in a circular letter from crime bosses.

Леван Сухумский

Levan Sukhumsky

Although, at that time, Abuladze himself was in conflict and was recognized as a thief only a month later by the Asatryans themselves, the father and son. That is, it was a win-win deal that any other thieves could hardly recognize. Nevertheless, in that situation, Asatryan Jr. undertook extensive activity and even managed to debunk another thief who arrived there, namely Artyom Arakelyan (Artyom Lipetsky). 

In early 2017, Akhmed Evloev (Akhmed Sutuly) was placed in the Butyrka. His thief’s status was challenged by some crime lords, including Shakro Molodoy. It should be added that he was stripped of it back in 2009 by Pichuga, Vasya Voskres, Vagon, and Asatryan Jr. himself. The gangsters knew for certain that Evloev was not a thief in law while serving his previous sentence in prison. Nevertheless, Osetrina spread a kite, in which he said that Akhmed Sutuly, a thief in law, had arrived in the pre-trial detention center.

Осетрина-младший и Ахмед Сутулый в СИЗО

Osetrina Jr. and Akhmed Sutuly

This enabled Evloev to play his game, thus setting up Asatryan. After Evloev beat underboss Dato, who was patronized by ‘Greek’ thieves in law headed by Lasha Shushanashvili (Lasha Rustavsky), a series of showdowns began, during which questions arose for Asatryan; he had nothing better to do then start making excuses. According to him, he did not know that Akhmed Sutuly was responsible for numerous sins, and his status was in doubt. 

The fact that Serezha Bentley was transferred to another pre-trial detention center, namely the Matrosskaya Tishina, did not improve his situation. He began to have conflicts with thief Talekh Dagliev (Tolik Noginsky), whom he debunked. As a result, he was sent to the Vladimir Central Prison. 

Prior to being sent to the place of serving his sentence for extortion, in the Nizhny Novgorod region, the same kite had been spread there, as a result of which prisoners refused to recognize him as a thief already during the transfer – in the pre-trial detention center No. 2 in Mitino. The directive for Asatryan came from the thief in law Viktor Zharinov (Tsezar’ of Caesar), who was supported by Kardava’s brothers, Chanturia, and many other thieves interested in this.

Мирон

Dmitry Chanturiya (Miron)

This time, like may previous times, Sergey’s father came to his rescue. By that time, he had just been released; he put all his resources into solving his son’s problems. For this purpose – as well as for strategic and economic reasons – Osetrina Sr. entered into a coalition with his long-time opponent Miron, despite the fact that he had taken part in the beating of Eduard and Sergey Asatryan. So Miron rushed to recovering his title with the same vigor with which he had been spreading a kite on Serega Bentley’s debunking. As luck would have it, Bentley was suddenly sent from the Nizhny Novgorod region to the Moscow pre-trial detention center No. 3 (SIZO-3). That was where the kite from Oleg Ashkhabadsky and Dato Svan came, proving that Asatryan was a thief in law. Chanturia personally supported them and called the SIZO-3 underboss to confirm Bentley's status. 

However, this time his title did not last for too long. After just a few months, in January 2018, as soon as Asatryan arrived in the correctional camp No. 1 (IK-1) in the in Sukhobezvodny, Nizhny Novgorod region, his status was once again revoked. Khristoforov and Zharinov were considered responsible for this region. This meant that Serega Bentley’s fate as a thief was sealed.

Василий Христофоров (Вася Воскрес)

Vasily Khristoforov

At the same time, it is noteworthy that law enforcers had the most significant impact on Asatryan, regularly staging provocations and leaking incriminating materials - for example, the wiretapping of his telephone conversations, where he said some unflattering things about his opponents, including Pichuga, Voskres, and Miron. Or disclosing a certificate (the authenticity of which was not proven) with the media, that prisoner Asatryan was made a seamstress at the correctional camp No. 6 Chorny Dyatel (IK-6). 

Nevertheless, having recently arrived in Balashov, Asatryan was able to convince Sukhach that all the debunkings occurred unfairly and not “under the thieves’ law.” So, for now, Osetrina Mladshy is once again considered a thief in law. 

Эдуард Асатрян с сыном

Eduard Asatryan with his son

However, Sergey’s fame cannot be separated from that of his father. So far, it seems that in their advancements in the criminal path, the son and father play against each other. Osetrina Mladshy often becomes a hostage of plots against Edik Tbilissky. In turn, Asatryan Sr. is largely limited in his capabilities due to the unstable situation of his son. So, for now, his son is not a support for him, but rather a pain in the ass. 

Unlike his son, Osetrina Sr., who was vetted back in 1991 by Zakhary Kalashov and Vladimir Ovanesyan (Vova Tbilissky), earned his authority himself and used to be one of the closest associates of Ded Hasan. However, in 2012, they began to have financial conflicts. They finally split up after Usoyan and a member of his clan Gela Kardava revoked the status of influential thief in law Badri Koguashvili (Badri Kutaissky), who, in turn, was supported by Asatryan. After that, Usoyan practically stopped talking to him.

Бадри Когуашвили (Бадри Кутаисский)

Badri Koguashvili

When Ded Hasan was killed in 2013, Asatryan, who knew well about all of his assets, decided to take a significant part under his control. First of all, it concerned Usoyan’s ‘empire’ in the Krasnodar region, where many Armenian gangsters close to Asatryan live. Therefore, Osetrina began to meet with businessmen and crime lords who had previously worked with Ded Hasan, persistently offering them his patronage.

Moreover, Asatryan decided to try and create his own clan based on that os Usoyan. But he was not alone in his wishes. Among all the potential successors of the powerful Ded Hasan, Asatryan’s paths directly crossed with that of Chanutria, who had launched extensive work to increase his status in the criminal world. For example, he announced a reward of $5 million for the death of thief in law Rovshan Dzhaniev (Rovshan Lenkoransky), who was suspected of organizing the murder of Usoyan. As a result, a worldwide chase on Rovshan began. At the same time, Lenkoransky's right-hand man, Rufat Nasibov (Rufo Gyandzhansky) was killed in Moscow. Another representative of Usoyan's enemy clan – Astamur Guliya (Astik Sukhumsky) – was shot in Sukhumi. In addition, Dzhemal Mikeladze (Dzhemo), one of the members of the united opposition who opposed Usoyan, was detained with drugs and grenades in the Moscow region.

Дед Хасан

Ded Hasan

Chanturia even planned a large-scale event in the UAE with the participation of 300 thieves in law. However, ‘underworld generals’ were never able to gather in Dubai.  

The competition intensified, but publicly, none of the thieves declared their claims to Usoyan’s assets. Therefore, ideological disagreements were used as grounds for the conflict. 

In the spring of 2013, Osetrina contacted Kardava, who fully supported Miron, and invited him to a meeting. Eduard Asatryan, his son Sergey, and Guram Chikhladze (Kvezhoevich) waited for Gela there. Gela was immediately announced that there were some serious questions for him concerning the situation with Koguashvili. At first, Kardava demanded to convene a gathering, and then ran away under the pretext of having to make a call, leaving his jacket hanging on a chair.  

Гела Кардава (Гела)

Gela Kardava  

Then Sergey Asatryan, Chikhladze, and a dozen bandits broke into the restaurant Bakinsky Bulvar, where thief in law Georgy Dzhanelidze (Gogi Pitersky) and a businessman, a friend of his, with whom Osetrina Jr. and Kvezhoevich had a beef, were hanging out. When they began to beat the businessman, Gogi stood up for him. Then Asatryan and Chikhladze's men moved on to him. Gogi reported the incident to Miron’s clan, after which Gela Kardava called Eduard Asatryan and reminded him about the need to hold a gathering. In order not to be accused of evading this event, Osetrina chose one of the car services controlled by him as a meeting place. 

As a result, the meeting was attended by about 100 men, including the father and son Asatryan, Guram Chikhladze, Romik Dzhafarov (Roma Kurd, who used to be debunked by Usoyan’s clan), as well as about 30 bandits. Gela was accompanied by Miron, Valery Farizov (Valera Kurd), Vasily Khristoforov (Vasya Voskres), Vadim Ivanenko (Vadik Krasnodarsky), Yury Pichugin (Pichuga), Ali Geydarov (Albert Ryzhy), and a few other thieves. Along with them, there were 50 gangsters – part of them came with Kardava, while others arrived from the Arkhangelsk region along with Albert. 

Али Геидаров (Альберт Рыжии)

Ali Geydarov

Experienced Eduard Osetrina immediately realized that this would inevitably end in shooting with many victims, so he suggested that only thieves in law go into the room. The conflict began inside the car service center. Osetrina was reproached for bringing Roma Kurd (who was no longer a thief) everywhere, including to mob summits. In response, Asatryan recalled Gela’s escape from a restaurant. In turn, Miron accused him of beating Goga Pitersky. When they run out of arguments, a fight broke out. The advantage was clearly on Chanturia clan’s side; as a result, Eduard and Sergey Asatryan, Romik Dzhafarov, and Guram Chikhladze were beaten. Some sources say that thief in law Koba Krasnodarsky, who had been stripped of his status by Asatryan Jr. a year before, pulled him out by his hair from the bathroom, where he was hiding, with a promise to pull it out. Plans to deprive Serekha Bentley of his status were there for a long time, but it was the most fitting occasion to do that.

Explaining this incident to Sukhach, Asatryan said that thieves in law only hurt Roma. Those people who beat him and his father – including Goga Pitersky, Nika Gagrinsky, Zviyad Tbilissky, and Koba Krasnodarsky – were not really thieves, which meant that it was not a real debunking.

Коба Краснодарский

Koba Krasnodarsky

This incident became a serious blow to Asatryan’s clan that had just emerged. It was time for him to think not about becoming the ‘patriarch of the criminal world,’ but about remaining a thief. Osetrina Sr. requested the support of Badri Koguashvili, explaining this by the fact that he had suffered because of him. But Koguashvili, who was in prison at the time, could only verbally support Asatryan. Any activity on the part of Badri led to the fact that he was placed in a punishment cell. Then Osetrina contacted the main opponent of Usoyan, leader of the Kutaisi criminal clan Tariel Oniani (Taro). The latter did not feel like forming coalitions. As a result, Osetrina automatically withdrew from fighting for the throne of thief No. 1. 

However, it was either not to the benefit of Miron. According to the majority of thieves, he was too young and inexperienced for this position. Shakro Molodoy, who suddenly returned to Russia, eventually became Usoyan’s successor. Many questions still remain about this. For example, how is it that he, who was serving a long term in a Spanish prison, suddenly managed to return to Russia at the most opportune time? Why did the Spanish authorities not transfer him to Georgia, where a criminal case was opened against Kalashov for kidnapping and extortion? Why did the Russian security forces have no complaints against him? Immediately upon arrival, Shakro was released after a brief conversation.

Депортация из Испании Шакро Молодого

Shakro's deportation

Nevertheless, unlike his son, Edik Tbilissky easily regained his status, enlisting the support of such thieves as Shishkan, Vitya Pan, Lasha Gagrinsky, Tengo Tbilissky, and others. The only thing he could not put up with was the loss of control over the south of Russia, namely the Krasnodar and the Rostov regions, where Kalashov's relatives – Shalva Ozmanov (Kuso) and David Ozmanov (Dato Krasnodarsky) – began to dominate.

And as soon as a new struggle for the throne began after the arrest of the ‘Russia’s chief No. 1,’ Asatryan again immediately joined it. This time, his interests coincided with those of Miron, which allowed them to unite despite previous disagreements. It was noted that they even began to demand regional businessmen, crime lords, and organized crime groups to replenish their ‘common fund.’ At the same time, they held their meetings in the Karetny Dvor restaurant, where Ded Hasan was killed, as well as at the Golden Palace Hotel, where the main thieves’ headquarters of Shakro Molodoy was previously located. 

Later, one more of his enemies, Vagif Suleymanov (Vagif Bakinsky), entered the coalition with Osetrina. They bonded over their common enemy, Dagestan crime lord Amir. In December 2015, he seriously crippled a friend of Vagif, thief in law Roman Rasoev (Alik Krasnodarsky) in one of the shopping centers in Moscow.

Вагиф Бакинский

Vagif Bakinsky

Moreover, Asatryan also got close to Gela Kardava, whom he promised to return to the family after his thieves’ powers were suspended by Kalashov in 2015.

As a result, Asatryan did his best to smooth things over with everyone, which was confirmed by a gathering on the occasion of his 50th anniversary in September 2018, which brought together such famous representatives of the thieves’ world as Shishkan, Kakha Galsky, Badri Kutaissky, Amiran Sopromadze (Sopotiya), Mikhail Khananashvili (Nika Izrailsky), Gayk Sargsyan (Ayko Astrakhansky), and many others. 

Nevertheless, he did not abandon his ambitious plans, only changing the tactics. No wonder there is even an assumption that all those who stand in his way later find themselves behind bars. For example, this happened with Kuso, who was detained in Krasnodar last fall. At first, despite being detained with weapons, he seemed to get off easy and even released, but later was charged with the infamous ‘anti-thief’ article. About a month later, Kakha Galsky was also detained in Moscow. He could be a nuisance to Asatryan because he was directly related to the control of the common fund. Some sources say that shortly before this, Asatryan had promised him full immunity from prosecution by security forces in exchange for cooperation. Parpaliya refused, calling it a betrayal of Shakro’s interests.

Каха Гальский

Kakha Galsky

And now there is a new spiral in this story. After the arrest of Shishkan, who faces a long term under Art. 210.1 of the Russian Criminal Code (Occupation of the Highest Position in the Criminal Hierarchy) and the nominal recovery of Asatryan Jr.’s status, Edik Tbilissky may once again rush into battle. Of course, provided that no more authoritative and disparate thief shows up, who would not be afraid to share his fate with detainees under the ‘anti-thief’ article. In this case, the easiest way to tame the ardor of the Asatryan family will be the hackneyed question about Serezha Bentley’s status.     

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