First thieves in law fled Russia. Among those gone are Tsirkach, Kvezhoevich, Kotik Mladshy, Shlyapa Mladshy
Crime lords did not wait for the final adoption of the “anti-vors” law, and many of them have already left Russia by now.
Thieves in law began to actively leave Russia. Among other things, this may be connected with the adoption of a new law, toughening the punishment for involvement in the underworld.
To recap, the other day, President Vladimir Putin signed in a law he himself sponsored, providing for criminal liability for the fact of Leadership in the Criminal Hierarchy (Art. 210.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The punishment for this is now from 8 to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to 5 million rubles ($76.6 thousand). Creation or management of a criminal community is punishable by imprisonment for a term of 12 to 20 years and a fine of up to 5 million rubles ($76.6 thousand), participation in meetings of gang leaders carries imprisonment of 12 to 20 years and a fine of up to 1 million rubles ($15.3 thousand).
However, as a source of Rosbalt in law enforcement agencies said, thieves in law did not wait for the final adoption of this law and many of them had already left Russia by now.
Thus, according to the newspaper, vor Oleg Pirogov (Tsirkach) moved from the Moscow region to Turkey. Ramaz Dzneladze (Ramaz Kutaissky), who was to be deported after his release from prison, but managed to stay in Moscow, is also there now. Crime bosses Guram Chikhladze (Kvezhoevich) and Georgy Kalashyan (Kotik Mladshy) headed to Israel. Ruslan Gegechkori (Shlyapa Mladshy) after his release moved to Cyprus, where the clan led by his father, Roland Gegechkori (Roland Shlyapa) and Merab Mzarelua (Duyake), has just deployed. A few more mobsters moved to Bulgaria.
Spain and Italy especially esteemed by Russian gangsters are now actively fighting against criminal elements of the former USSR descent. Most of the ‘thieves in law’ can not afford the United Arab Emirates where the ‘thief’ Nadir Salifov (aka Guli) had moved to.
Most vulnerable ‘criminal generals’ who can find themselves behind bars at any time left Russia. Arrests and criminal cases under article 210 that had become more frequent over the last years put pressure on many of them.
All leaders of the so-called Slavic wing - including Tyurik, Shishkan, Petrik, Aksen, Vasya Voskres - remain in Russia at the present time. Shishkan who used to spend a lot of time in Spain is afraid of visiting this country long now. It’s only Misha Luzhnetsky who continues shuttling between Switzerland and Russia.
It’s worth mentioning that Russia’s MIA does not have a plan how to use the new law. Source of Rosbalt within law enforcement stated that operatives are waiting for more detailed explanation of how and towards whom they have to use this law.
With that, policemen say that their opportunity for operative activity is now going to narrow. The thing is that when a significant number of ‘thieves’ were in Russia, they could be put pressure on somehow. This cooperation between authorities and members of the Mafia expressed itself during the Olympics in Sochi and FIFA World Cup. Thanks to the unspoken arrangement, activity of robbers, burglars and ‘thieves in law’ went down during these events. According to the agency’s source, this work is possible if ‘thieves in law’ are in Russia, and not in, let’s say, Turkey. Now, it’s going to be like the ‘thieves’ themselves are abroad, and their ‘foot soldiers’ are operating here in Russia.