New wave of migrants to Italy is associated with thief in law Merab Sukhumsky

New wave of migrants to Italy is associated with thief in law Merab Sukhumsky
Merab Dzhangveladze

Illegals are now ferried on fashionable yachts that are not suspicious to the police.

Italy faces a new wave of illegal immigration. Libyan carriers of Arab and African refugees are now replaced by immigrants from Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine. This is reported by Novoe Vremya

The Libyan channel of illegal immigrants has been neutralized during the successful operation of the Italian authorities. Due to the tough policy of counteraction pursued by the Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini, the illegal crossing of the border has been wiped out since the beginning of this year. However, it has been replaced by a new wave, with which Italian law enforcement officers are not yet able to cope.

A journalist investigation carried out by L'Espresso found out that the route runs through Turkey or Greece, and the final destination is the coast of Sicily and the Puglia region. At the same time, Africans and Arabs are now replaced by Pakistanis, Kurds, and Kosovars, and they are being transported on fashionable yachts, which often come under the flag of the United States. Thus, they manage to disguise themselves as well-to-do tourists without causing suspicion among the coast guard and avoiding various searches. Although, such a method of transportation costs $10 thousand per person instead of $3-5 thousand from Tunisia and Libya, but also guarantees more comfort to illegal migrants. The yacht can take about 70 people on board and make hundreds of voyages per year.

The place where the illegal immigrants land in the Puglia region was not chosen by chance; Merab Dzhangveladze (Merab Sukhumsky) lived in its the capital, the city of Bari, for a long time. In 2014, Italian court sentenced him to 4 years and 8 months in prison for extortion, falsification of documents, and money laundering. In 2016, having served part of the term, the thief was released under house arrest, which he also served in Bari. Later, he moved to Turkey. Another thief in law, Dzhemal Mikeladze (Dzhemo), also lived in Bari. He died on the night of March 1.    

A few months ago, the carabineers arrested two Russian carriers in Taormina (Sicily) – one on the shore and the other on a stranded yacht. At the same time, both had large sums of dollars and rubles. The publication notes that their boat was bought in the USA and registered in the state of Delaware.

Last year, another yacht was arrested; it was navigating under the flag of the United States and registered in the same state. On board there were a dozen illegal Kosovars. The team once again comprised of two Russians. They are currently in prison and refuse to cooperate with the investigation. 

A few weeks ago, another yacht with 59 illegal Pakistanis aboard was arrested off the coast of Sicily, near the town of Avola. Two Russian skippers were also arrested.

At the same time, Italian siloviki discovered a certain feature: ethnic Georgians who have recently received Russian citizenship constitute a significant proportion among the dozens of Russian carriers who were detained in recent years. Italian investigators attribute this to the fact that the Russian Federation does not extradite its citizens, which means it will be easy for criminals to hide in their new homeland if an investigation is launched against them.

In addition, over the past four years, 60 Ukrainian citizens have been arrested in Italy. Half of them are still in prison. According to the Italian press, they are also used by thieves who base in Turkey. They get $3 thousand per voyage. Although, when they fall into the hands of the police, in contrast to the Russians and Georgians, Ukrainians willingly cooperate with the investigators and play repentance. In the absence of relapse, they are released and expelled from the country. However, they still return to the criminal business after some time.

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