Notorious vor Merab Tbilissky rounded up in Armenia
Since 2015, he has been wanted by law enforcement officers of France.
The day before the Armenian police detained thief in law (vor) Merab Kalashov, known as Merab of Tbilissky, in Nubarashen district of Yerevan.
According to the press service of law enforcement officers, the 43-year-old vor is a stateless person and since 2015 has been wanted by French law enforcement agencies on charges of participating in the preparation of a crime, hiding property stolen by an organized criminal group, and money laundering.
Therefore, the police reported the arrest of Kalashov to the General Prosecutor’s Office and the Central National Bureau of Interpol in Armenia.
It is noteworthy that in 2016 Kalashov, being then a citizen of Poland, was already detained in Armenia at the request of France. However, in his homeland, Kalashov was accused only of illegally crossing the border of Armenia. He was not extradited to France and nothing was reported about his fate.
Notably, after opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan came to power in spring as a result of the ‘velvet revolution’, mass detentions of local criminals and searches at their homes began.
In particular, the siloviki unexpectedly came to rummage homes of such vory as Samvel Arutyunyan (Samvelik) Zhirayr Brutyan (Zhiro Shaumyansky) Norayr Piloyan (Koncho), Suren Avetisyan (Surik Leninakansky), Artyom Gazaryan (Artemik Leninakansky), Armen Manukyan (Sevo), Gevork Melikyan (Gevorik Oshakansky), as well as the recently detained Samvel Arutyunyan (Maneti Tkha Samo), Rafael Khoetsyan (Afo) - the son of another vor Rafik Khoetsyan (Khoy), and many others. The searches turned up weapons, ammunition and drugs. Due to this some representatives of the criminal world were subjected to administrative detention. Subsequently, crime lords Andranik Arutyunyan (Ando Khromoy) and Alexander Makaryan (Alo) were charged with possession of narcotic substances.