"He's a thief." The US convicts mob Shulaya on racketeering charges, he faces up to 20 years' imprisonment
The criminal syndicate of the mob operated in several US states. Prosecutors described Shulaya as a "vor" (the Russian word for thief).
The US court found thief in law Razhden Pitersky (Shulaya) and his assistant, highly awarded boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze, guilty of criminal conspiracy, extortion, theft, trafficking in stolen goods and fraud, RFE/RL reports. They face up to 20 years in prison.
Shulaya was found guilty of crimes under five articles, including criminal conspiracy, the punishment for which provides for up to 20 years in prison. The remaining articles provide for up to 5 years in prison.
Khurtsidze was found guilty of one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of wire-fraud conspiracy, each of which carries a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors described Shulaya as a "vor" (the Russian word for thief). They said in criminal jargon means that he belongs to an "order of elite criminals from the former Soviet Union who receive tribute from other criminals, offer protection, and use their recognized status as vor to adjudicate disputes among lower-level criminals." Prosecutors said most of his gang members were born in the former Soviet Union and maintained ties with associates in Georgia, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation even as they operated schemes in the US.
Earlier it was reported that one of the leaders of the Shulaya's gang Zurab Janashvili, 38, pleaded guilty in the racketeering conspiracy in the Manhattan court.
According to the case file, the Shulaya's gang Shulaia operated in the U.S. states of New York, New Jersey, Nevada. The ring was smashed in June 2017 as a result of a joint operation of the FBI, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the US Customs, the New York Police Department. 27 people were arrested in several states.