Georgian thieves in law to face round-ups in Europe

Georgian thieves in law to face round-ups in Europe
Special operations to detain the thieves are expected in Europe

The growing number of thieves in law in Europe is triggered by the policy of Russian law enforcement agencies that force them to leave the country or intend to deport them.

Special operations to detain Georgian thieves in law are expected in Europe. As Regnum writes with reference to the Georgian publication Version, such measures are planned to be taken by the security forces after the detention of gang members of the Georgian thief in law Razhden Shulay, known in the criminal world under the nickname Razhden Pitersky, Roma and Brat (Brother).

The official release of the US Justice Department lists the names of all the detainees in the police operation. In addition to the gang leader, police detained Razhden Shulay, and his right-hand man Zurab Janashvili, Akaky Ubilava (Ako), Gamlet Uglava, Mikhail Toradze, Nazo Gaprindashvili (Anna), Artur Vinokurov (Ryzhy), Yevgeny Melman, Zurab Buziashvili, Georgy Lomishvili, Azer Arslanuk, Ivan Afanasyev (Vanya), Diego Gabisonia, Levan Makashvili, Vache Nuvkhannisyan, Andrey Petrukhin, Bakai Marat-Ulu, Avtandil Khursidze, Avtandil Kanashvili, Denis Davydov, Yuri Lerner, Alex Mitselmakher (Globus), Alex Fishman, Stephen Fishman, Konstantin Melnik, Nikoloz Dzhikia and Sergey Gindinov.

Another five members of the gang have not been detained yet, they are put on the wanted list: Mamuka Chaganava, Semyon Saraidarov (Sammy), Irakli Kereselidze, Georgy Lomishvili and Denis Savgir. Another gang member, Timur Suyunov, is already serving time in a federal prison for another crime. On June 14, it transpired that the court of New York released the MMA fighter Levan Makashvili on bail, while the second athlete, allegedly involved in the gang, boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze remained in custody.

All detainees have already been charged with a number of crimes ranging from smuggling cigarettes, stealing goods, including 10,000 pounds (4.5 tons) of chocolate and confectionery, drug possession, racketeering, selling stolen things and giving bribes, to organizing illegal gambling venues, storage and sale of weapons, looting, drug trafficking and contract killings.

According to the publication’s journalist, the growing number of thieves in law in Europe is triggered by the policy of Russian law enforcement agencies that force them to leave the country or intend to deport them. They are deprived of Russian citizenship, and then returned to their historical homeland or to a country where there are no problems for them to operate.

Thus, a significant part of the Russian criminals left the country after the thief in law Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) was detained. His colleague Yuri Pichugin (Pichuga) is in jail, and the immediate circle led by Vasily Khristoforov (Vasya Voskres) left the Russian Federation. Among them, there are David Ozmanov (Dato Krasnodar), Nodar Asoyan (Nodar Rustavsky), and Shalva Ozmanov (Kuso). Also, a group of gangsters close to Shakro and a number of people providing financial services to him left the country hastily. Even earlier, Konstantin Manukyan, who was Kalashov’s chief financier, had fled abroad and was put on the wanted list.

At the same time, the Georgian MIA counted 325 active thieves in law of Georgian origin. Most of them, as the ministry claims, are operating in the post-Soviet territory and in the countries of the European Union. In Georgia, there are only few thieves and even those are serving prison terms.

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