US court put boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze, suspected of connections with Russian mafia, in custody for 2 months

US court put boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze, suspected of connections with Russian mafia, in custody for 2 months
Avtandil Khurtsidze

According to the sportsman's official page on Facebook, the court decision will be revised in the near future.

By decision of the court of New York, the Georgian boxer and a challenger for the WBO champion belt Avtandil Khurtsidze will spend the next two months in custody. The sportsman, known in some circles as Kikbokser, has been arrested on suspicion of participating in the grouping of thief in law Razhden Shulaya, known in the underground as Razhden Pitersky, Roma, and Brat.

A publication that says that Avtandil Khurtsidze intends to appeal against the court decision has appeared on the boxer's official page. It is expected that the new session on the Khurtsidze case will be held within two weeks.

Yesterday, the boxer's family appealed to the Georgian Foreign Ministry, Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili and Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze (who was a legendary football player in the past), asking 'to do one's best and look into the situation.'

Let us recall that the US law enforcement bodies have broken up a criminal syndicate headed by thief in law Radzhen Shulaya, better known in the criminal world as Roma, Brat, and Razhden Pitersky. The security officials have detained 33 members of the OCG, immigrants from the countries of the former Soviet Union. They included boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze, who was preparing for an important fight with the British Billy Joe Sanders to protect the title of world champion. At the moment, it is decided to postpone the fight for an indefinite period.

According to Seattle Times, the materials in the case of Avtandil Khurtsidze include a videotape, which shows the boxer beating a man who was a police informer. The athlete is also involved in the beating of a man whom members of the gang suspected of stealing money. The victim was attacked immediately after playing poker. After Khurtsidze inflicted numerous blows to the player, he passed him on to the gang leader, thief in law Radzhen Shulaya.

It should be noted that all members of the gang have been charged with a number of crimes ranging from smuggling cigarettes, stealing goods (including 10,000 pounds (4.5 tons) of chocolate and confectionery), drug possession, racketeering, marketing stolen goods, giving bribes for illegal gambling, storage and sales of arms, looting, drug trafficking, and contract killings.⁠

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