"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.
Zaur Dadaev, who is imprisoned for the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov, may soon be put in stricter conditions of detention. Being sent for any, sometimes contrived violations of the regime in a punitive confinement (SHIZO), Dadaev is being forced to pass a check on the lie detector and give evidence on the Nemtsov case.
The video showing prisoner being tortured by officers of the Yaroslavl correctional camp No. 1 (IK-1), which was published on July 20, caused a public outcry and the initiation of a criminal case by the Investigative Committee. However, a year ago, an ICR officer found no exceeding of official powers in the video, thus justifying the torture.
A large-scale purge of thieves in law, which started shortly after Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s coming to power, continues in Armenia. After receiving threats of arrests, thieves were taken in custody for carrying weapons and drugs.
However, the thief, who is currently dividing the spheres of influence in Ukraine’s Odessa region with Antimoz Kukhilava through his representatives, has been sentenced in absentia. Mindiya Goradze is not in Georgia at the moment.