Merab Sukhumsky will be extradited from Italy to Kazakhstan. While he dreams of Russia

Merab Sukhumsky will be extradited from Italy to Kazakhstan. While he dreams of Russia
Merab Dzhangveladze

The thief in law, accused of creation of an organized crime group in Kazakhstan, hopes to leave Italy for Russia, where he is not punishable.

The next Friday, the Moscow City Court will re-consider the case of releasing the thief in law Merab Dzhangveladze, nicknamed Merab Sukhumsky, from the Russian citizenship. According to MK, in mid-June the Zamoskvoretsky Court of Moscow satisfied the claim of the migration service on depriving Dzhangveladze of the Russian citizenship and declaring him persona non grata. However, the famous criminal’s desire to return to Russia is stronger than the law. Which is understandable – Dzhangveladze is currently under house arrest in Italy on charges of theft and extortion.

After Merab Sukhumsky’s detention period expiration on 18 October, authorities look forward to the thief in law’s arrival in Kazakhstan, where he may face up to 20 years in prison for organizing a criminal community. This country is now preparing the necessary documents for his extradition. The only hope for Merab Sukhumsky is bureaucratic delays on the way from Italy to Kazakhstan, due to which he could end up in Russia. Unlike the Italian and Kazakh law enforcement agencies, our country has nothing on the thief in law.


Merab Dzhangveladze (Kaslandziya) is a thief in law known as Merab Sukhumsky in the criminal world. The Georgian criminal is now 54; he was crowned when he was 24. In 2008, at the initiative of Yaponchik, Ded Hasan and Pichuga, his powers were suspended. He is considered one of the most ardent opponents of Aslan Usoyan’s policy and a probable instigator of his assassination.

A citizen of Georgia, Dzhangveladze became “Russian” in the early 2000s. Incidentally, many thieves in law had been legalized in Russia in the same way, which was the reason for the Interior Ministry leadership to appeal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a request to investigate the situation.

In July 2013, Interpol held a large-scale operation to defeat the clan of Dzhangveladze in Europe at Italy’s request. During the operation, the thief in law and 18 of his associates were detained; however, only a few ended up in the dock. A year later, Bari court sentenced Dzhangveladze to 4 years and 8 months in prison for organizing burglaries, extortion, money laundering, and use of false documents. Two of his henchmen, namely Besik Kuprashvili nicknamed Beso and Temur Nemsitsveridze known as Tsripa, got off as easy.



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