Power in Russian criminal world may go to Chechen “thieves in law”

Power in Russian criminal world may go to Chechen “thieves in law”
Kazbek Dukuzov

Departure of most influential mafia lords from the country will significantly change the balance of power in the criminal world.

Chechen “thieves in law” who are at large in their native republic can occupy the niche that is free due to the forced departure of other mafia lords of the so-called “Slavic” wing from the country.

According to a source of Rosbalt in law enforcement, after the arrest of the acting “thief number 1” Oleg Shishkanov (Shishkan), Alexey Petrov (Petrik), Mikhail Voevodin (Misha Luzhnetskiy), Sergey Aksenov (Aksen) and Vasily Khristoforov (Vasya Voskres) began to spend less time in Russia and are here only for short visits. The influential kingpins from the Transcaucasian republics have long settled in other countries – mainly Turkey and Greece. 

But in Chechnya, the whole elite of the ethnic criminal world (with the exception of the “criminal generals” Abu and Hussein Akhmadov (Hussein Slepoy) living in Europe and Turkey) has gathered now, which, according to the operatives, will allow them to take on leading roles in the near future of Russia. We are talking about Gilani Aliyev (Gilani Sedoy), Aziz Batukaev (Aziz), Islam Edilgireyev (Islam Bolshoy) and Akhmed Dombaev (Akhmed Shalinsky), who was recently released after 10 years of imprisonment. It has been recently sounded that Dombaev could take a leading position among them, however, according to the source of the publication, this role is unconditionally assigned to kingpin Kazbek Dukuzov, to whose opinion all Chechen crime bosses listen. It is alleged that it is he who solves most of the problems with various criminal clans and “thieves in law” arising among prominent representatives of Chechnya.

Despite the fact that Dukuzov is on the international wanted list on suspicion of murder of the chief editor of the Russian Forbes, Paul Khlebnikov, he is periodically seen in Chechnya, where he comes from the UAE.

It is to be recalled that he disappeared from the investigation in 2011 after his arrest in the United Arab Emirates on suspicion of organizing a robbery on two businessmen. Then, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, however, when in 2015 the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation sent a request for Dukuzov’s extradition from the UAE, he was granted amnesty and released.

Despite the fact that Dukuzov is not a “thief,” he has always been closely associated with them. Once he was a member of the group of Chechen “thieves in law” Artyk Dabchaev (Artik) and Muslim Khaskhanov (Musa), who controlled a number of car services, hotels, real estate agencies in the Russian capital. By the beginning of the 2000s, Dukuzov himself was already a very “authoritative” person in the criminal world of Moscow. 

He also took part in that meeting of the Chechen “lawyers” with the Azerbaijani ones, which ended in the execution of its participants. In 2003, Artik and Musa had a conflict over the markets with the mafia boss Mirseymur Abdullaev (Seymur Nardaransky). Then, the Chechens decided to discuss the problem with the Azerbaijani “criminal general” friendly to them, Otar Batalov (Otar). The meeting was held in the Take sushi bar on Kutuzovsky Prospekt, when unexpectedly two unidentified men came up to the glass from the side of the street and opened fire. Dabchaev, Khaskhanov and Batalov died from received wounds. Dukuzov was shot in the chest. The wound was not very grave and a few days later Kazbek escaped from the hospital.

According to detectives, a month later it was he who conducted the response action. On April 30, two masked men shot Abdullaev and his friend Babaev in a Peshchera club on Shchelkovo Highway. The kingpin died, while his friend managed to survive.

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