Magerram of Pokrovka: the end of Moscow markets “kingmaker” 

Magerram of Pokrovka: the end of Moscow markets “kingmaker”
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When The CrimeRussia issued an article about Moscow rentier God Nisanov losing control over the market of fresh vegetables, it became known that one of the significant Food City “foremen”, known as Pokrovka Maggameram, had been detained. It should be explained that for merchants, the main person on the market is neither its owner, nor even a thief in law, but the so-called “foreman,” representing the interests of the thief and collecting tribute on his behalf. It is him who knows everything that happens on the market and manages its processes. Therefore, his elimination may indicate the beginning of the redistribution, and therefore, the fast transition of Food City merchants to the main competitor, the Four Seasons market, which, according to some reports, is now under the control of the Rotenbergs, Timchenko, Kadyrov, and Delimkhanov.

On September 10, Road Patrol Service stopped a car with a citizen of Azerbaijan Magerram Novruz oglu Guliev on the P22 Kaspiy highway in the Volgograd region; the man was immediately detained.

According to the ruling of the Novonikolaevsky district court, copies of which turned out to be at the disposal of our editorial office, being a foreign citizen, Guliev violated the regime of his stay in Russia. From November 2018 to August 2019, he was in the territory of the Russian Federation. At the same time, as the court found, due to the cancellation of the decision to grant Guliev to Russian citizenship on December 7, 2018, he exceeded the period of temporary stay (90 days in total for a period of 180 days), having left the country on August 10 of this year.

Guided by Art. 18.8. of the Russian Code of Administrative Offences (Violation by an Alien or a Stateless Person of the Rules for Entry into the Russian Federation or of the Regime for Staying (Living) in the Russian Federation), the court fined Guliev 2200 rubles ($34) and decided to forcibly expel him from the country. The gangland businessman is currently held in the Center for Temporary Detention of Foreign Citizens in Volgograd.  

In his testimony, Guliev initially claimed that he did not know about the deprivation of his Russian citizenship, and therefore presented an invalid Russian passport to law enforcement officers. But then he admitted that in connection with the cancellation of his Russian citizenship two months ago, he received Azerbaijani citizenship, after which he went there, and returned back at the end of August this year; therefore, he has the right to stay in Russia until November 19. Guliev’s lawyer also asked the judge to take into account his children – one minor and one underage child – when making a decision. However, the court had other arguments; namely, repeated violation of Russian law and lack of a permanent place of work.

Surprisingly, such “strict” measures against Guliev (sometimes referred to in the media as Gasanov or Zeynalov) were first applied only when the information about possible problems from the owner of the Food City market, God Nisanov, began to appear. When he opened the market in 2014, to attract traders to his site, Nisanov asked for help from his friend, whom he had known since working on the Cherkizovsky market under the leadership of Telman Ismailov, thief in law Rovshan Dzhaniev (Rovshan Lenkoransky), who at that time practically controlled all merchants of Moscow (and not only) vegetable depots. With the help of his henchmen – Zaur Akhmedov and Magerram Gasanov – he dragged wholesalers from other markets to Food City, which ensured Nisanov a stable cash flow. And now, when such business heavyweight as the Rotenberg brothers, Gennady Timchenko, as well as Ramzan Kadyrov, Adam Delimkhanov, and thief in law Akhmed Dombaev (Akhmed Shalinsky) entered the game against Nisanov, the reverse process may begin, and all merchants will join the Four Seasons base in the Domodedovo area.

Guliev was granted Russian citizenship by the Novgorod Region Internal Affairs Directorate in 1996. On August 16, 2018, the decision of the Novgorod District Court established that Guliev had reported false information about his place of residence in the Russian Federation when applying for citizenship. As a result, the conferment of citizenship was invalidated.

That is, it took 22 years and special circumstances that have nothing to do with compliance with the law to identify violations.

To recall, the responsible authorities had a similar “insight” in relation to famous thief in law Tariel Oniani (Taro). After the Khamovnichesky Court of Moscow sentenced him to 10 years in prison for organizing an abduction of a businessman and extortion in 2010, the FMS immediately “remembered” that he had illegally acquired his Russian citizenship 4 years prior to that. Oniani received the Russian passport on the basis of a residence permit in Tatarstan on February 6, 1992 (according to the law, regardless of the place of birth, persons who were permanent residents in the Russian Federation on this date were entitled to citizenship). However, a check showed that the entry in the house book about the registration of Oniani in the Bugulma district of the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was made retroactively.

Магеррам Гулиев

Magerram Guliev

Guliev’s situation was the same. All this time, he lived, worked, owned commercial companies, sued banks, got into criminal reports, was arrested, and hid from law enforcement officers, and nobody cared about him.  

But let’s go back to his past. Guliev came to Moscow in the 90s with his younger brother Rovshan (not to be confused with Rovshan Dzhaniev). Initially, he himself sold vegetables and fruits in the Teply Stan metro area. Then he moved to the market in the Sheremetyevo region, which was controlled by thief in law Mirseymur Abdullaev (Seymur Nardaransky).

In the spring of 2003, the thief was shot dead together with his friends in the night club Peshchera on Schelkovskoe highway in Moscow. This was a response to another high-profile crime that happened a week before. Namely, the murder of Chechen and Azerbaijani crime lords who gathered in the sushi bar Take on Kutuzovsky Prospekt to solve issues of control over the capital markets; the Chechens wanted to get a share in the business, which was almost completely controlled by Azerbaijanis. However, their conversation ended in an unexpected way; fire was opened on the leaders of criminal gangs through the bar windows. As a result, Chechen thief in law Muslim Khaskhanov (Musa), who was also a field commander and emir of the village of Valerik, Achkhoy-Martan district of Chechnya, died on the spot. Two more thieves in law, Azerbaijani Otar Batalov (Otar Marneulsky) and Chechen Artyk Dabchaev (Artik), died in hospital. In addition, 61-year-old Azerbaijani thief Mutaris Tadzhizade (Rafis) and two other participants in the meeting received injuries of varying severity.

«Воры в законе» Хикмет Мухтаров и Чингиз Ахундов

Ikmet Mukhtarov and Chingiz Akhundov

After that, Guliev became a protégé of influential thieves Chingiz Akhundov (Chingiz Sedoy) and Ikmet Mukhtarov (Khikmet Sabirabadsky), becoming a link between them and market traders. Later, these thieves introduced him to Rovshan Dzhaniev. At that time, Mukhtarov controlled shopping centers in the Vykhino and Zheleznodorozhny districts, received part of the income (25%) from the Cherkesovsky market and the clothing market on Leningradsky Prospekt, owned a car dealership in Balashikha, the central wholesale market for cigarettes and spirits in Odessa, as well as Moscow restaurants and cafes. However, he suffered the same fate as his predecessor. In the extremely criminalized environment of the market business, the issues are solved this way. In 2006, he was shot with a machine gun when he was getting into a Mercedes-500 parked near a house on Leningradsky Prospekt. A year later, his partner Akhundov was eliminated the same way. By the way, they both participated in the 2005 debunking of thief in law Nadir Salifov (Guli), who was in an Azerbaijani colony.   

Надир Салифов (Гули).jpg

Nadir Salifov

Rovshan Lenkoransky continued what they had left off and began to control most of the capital’s vegetable markets. Magerram also advanced along with him. Their HQ was the Pokrovskaya fruit and vegetable base in Biryulyovo, then owned by businessmen Igor Isaev (Ibragim Gadzhiev) and Aliaskhab Gadzhiev; this is where Guliev got his nickname Pokrovka Magerram.

Officially, he and his brother were just merchants like everyone else. Companies owned by Rovshan Guliev, such as Azfruit, Pokrovka, and Wayne, simply rented space there. In reality, the Gulievs were “foremen,” taxing all the trucks coming to the market. According to various sources, they received from $200 to $3,000 per day for each truck.

When the Pokrovskaya base, on which the pogroms took place in 2013, was closed, Guliev moved to the Four Seasons market, and later, as we already said, together with Rovshan Lenkoransky, he dragged all the merchants to the rival Food City.

Тельман Исмаилов и «Ровшан Ленкоранский»

Telman Ismailov and Rovshan Lenkoransky

By the time, Guliev could already call himself a full-fledged businessman. In different years, he acted as director and co-founder of Stenton Group LLC and MRV-Logistics LLC, working in the field of trade, as well as a developer of Spetsializirovanny Zastroyshchik SFD LLC, responsible for the construction of Mytishchi lite in the north-east of the Moscow region, not far from the Pirogovsky reservoir. At the moment, the complex has already been commissioned and has 12 buildings. By the end of the year, the developer promised to build a school for 600 students, but there are risks that this will not happen, as the company closed the 2018 with losses and its financial condition received a CCC rating, i.e. “unsatisfactory.”

ЖК «Мытищи-Lite»

Mytishi Lite

After the murder of Rovshan Lenkoransky in 2016, the “empire” built by him operated for some time. Guliev continued to raise money for the clan, maintaining friendly relations with crime lord Zaur Akhmedov and thieves in law Vagif Suleymanov (Vagif Bakinsky), Khadzhi Talybkhanly (Khadzhi Beylagansky), Rashad Ismailov (Rashad Gyandzhinsky), and others. However, the activity of Dzhaniev’s historical enemy, Guli, who was released from the colony in 2017, led to almost complete loss of their control over the markets a year later. Pressure was exerted on Food City merchants who worked under the supervision of Zaur and Magerram, as well as on people around them. At some point, Akhmedov was actually under siege, expecting an assassination attempt at any moment.

That was when Guliev began to fail. In late last March, a criminal case under part 4 of Art. 159 (Swindling on an Especially Large Scale) was initiated against him. The total amount of financial claims against him amounted to about $13 million. It is noted that these debts have accumulated since the time of the functioning of the Pokrovskaya base. Nine people from the Four Seasons alone complained about the businessman to law enforcement bodies.

It is most likely that this money was received in the form of bribes, or as working capital from other merchants back in those days when he could act as a guarantor of either their return or the provision of protection. But when it became clear that his power was failing, everyone began to demand their money back.

In addition, we discovered the claims of the MBA-Moskva bank for the recovery of about $1.5 million from Guliev, previously issued in the form of a loan from AMTEC Expertiza LLC under a bank guarantee agreement, considered in the Moscow Arbitration Court and the Chertanovsky District Court of Moscow in 2013. Guliev pledged to be jointly and severally liable with the LLC in case of failure by the latter to fulfill their obligations.

On March 31, 2018, employees of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Moscow region with the support of the Special Forces Center of the National Guard detained Guliev in his Moscow apartment. However, the Domodedovo City Court chose a preventive measure in the form of house arrest for him. As soon as Guliev was released, he threw a party with banquet at the restaurant Ogni Baku on the occasion of his release, thus violating the conditions of detention. In addition, he did not respond to incoming subpoenas from the ICR, so he was put on the federal wanted list. At this time, one of the victims of the criminal case began to regularly receive threats of murder and harm to the health of his family members and himself. Other victim’s house was burned down. The work of emergency services made it possible to avoid casualties and the complete destruction of property. On the territory of the Food City market, bandits abducted his sibling with demands to withdraw the statement and refuse claims and testimony. Police helped to save the man.


In April, Guliev was detained again. By decision of the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow, he was placed in a pre-trial detention center. Moscow courts could not resolve his case; the Moscow City Court dismissed the complaint filed by his lawyers. But as soon as it was referred to regional courts, everything was settled. First, the Sergiev Posad court extended Guliev's term of detention until September 2018. But already in June 2018, the Appeal Panel of the Moscow Regional Court released Guliev on bail in the amount of 3 million rubles ($47,014), which he did have, unlike funds to cover debts. In addition, restrictions were imposed on the businessman to leave the Russian Federation for a period of up to three years. It was assumed that during this time, he will pay off his debts.

Nevertheless, all these circumstances did not prevent him from leaving the country with an invalid Russian passport. It is most likely that only the situation related to the redistribution of the market (in a more general and private sense) allowed to detain Pokrovka Magerram this time.

By the way, the fact that Guliev’s connections and experience was not needed by Nisanov’s opponents suggests that negotiations are apparently being conducted directly with Guli, who is considered the main representative of all Azerbaijani merchants who actually make up the market business.


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