Released by the New Year’s Eve: vor Torchik served his time for drugs
Nugzar Torchinava was detained in 2015 during a mob summit with thief in law Yury Pichugin. Back then, Pichuga had better luck – he was released after a preventive discussion, and Torchik turned out to have 3 grams of heroin on him. Now the situation has changed – Torchik has already served his sentence, and Pichuga faces up to life imprisonment.
December 24, 2018 marked the expiration of the last sentence of Sukhumi thief in law Nugzar Torchinava, known in the criminal environment as Torchik, who had been convicted seven times.
The 58-year-old vor was detained in June 2015 during a mob summit in one of the Moscow hotels. Back then, siloviki caught one of the most influential Slavic thieves in law, Yury Pichugin (Pichuga). It is noteworthy that on the walls of the hotel room, where the gathering took place, next to the icons were photos of the late ‘generals’ of the underworld, Ded Hasan and Yaponchik. However, if now-jailed Pichuga had no problems with the law on charges of creating an OCC, Torchik turned out to have 3 grams of heroin, which served as the grounds for initiating a criminal case under Art. 228 of the Russian Criminal Code (Illegal Acquisition, Storage, Transportation, Making or Processing of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances, or Analogues Thereof).
December 22, 2015, the Dorogomilovsky District Court of Moscow sentenced the thief in law to 3 years and 6 months of imprisonment. By that time, Torchik had been at large for only 2 years after his penultimate seven-year sentence for drug possession.