“If thieves don’t leave Russia, they need to keep a lower profile or seek protection”
It is planned to apply the updated article Occupation of the Highest Position in the Criminal Hierarchy against the detained thief in law Kolya Tomsky.
Thief in law Nikolay Kuzmichev (Kolya Tomsky), who was detained in late May, faces up to 15 years for his status alone under the new article Occupation of the Highest Position in the Criminal Hierarchy (210.1 of the Russian Criminal Code). As reported by Sobesednik referring to its criminal expert, he became the first not because he was one of the most dangerous representatives of the thieves' family – without previous convictions, Kuzmichev did not have a serious impact in his native Tomsk – it’s just, local security officials decided to get the thumbs-up in the performance of presidential amendments to the Criminal Code in this way.
Now that a start has been made, other subjects of the Federation will catch up, experts believe. In this case, Tomsk has become a glowing example. From now on, the presence of a thief in law in a given region is an indicator of the ineffective work of law enforcement officers. Although initially the thieves reticently responded to the new amendments, now they have a real cause for concern. First of all, it concerns regional thieves, on whom operational material has long been collected.
On the other hand, the situation for them is complicated by the fact that they cannot leave Russia, since there is a risk of losing control over their sources of income. And this is just what foreign competitors are waiting for – for the second decade, a sluggish but quite obvious struggle for the control of the Russian common fund has been going on, and the ruling thieves’ clan will defend its positions to the last.
As previously suggested, it is not a legal rationale to define a thief in law as a direct question whether he is one or not. Therefore, operatives asking this question is a formality. At the same time, a thief has the right to remain silent, but they cannot give up the title directly – this is bad manners. Especially since it does not it does not affect anything; if he has been detained, it means that the evidence base has already been collected and it will help to avoid a prison term only if he gives up his accomplices.
Therefore, now thieves will have to keep a lower profile or look for a reliable protection that will guarantee immunity, Sobesednik expert concluded.