"Robson" is the king of Russia’s Black Sea coast
In Sochi not only nights are dark, but also business. Even in Soviet times, the city became famous for the fact that thousands of officials at various levels have been caught in abuses and corruption in the context of the sensational "Sochi-Krasnodar case" in the early eighties, which resulted in more than a thousand people being sentenced to a long imprisonment. The old generation of thieves, murderers and fraudsters was replaced by new even more brutal and corrupt ones, devoid of all morality which in Soviet times was still somehow present in the minds of the old school criminals.
So, Sochi is a resort city, a pearl, and the Olympic capital of Russia. But this is only the external facade…A beautiful facade, which hides the boundless realm of the criminal world. Insolent thugs got out on the surface and call the shots. Now, in Sochi there is no law, because now all the city is run by Ruben Albertovich Tatulian. He was born in 1969, is a Sochi native and a leading representative of the Armenian diaspora of the city. In fact, he is the shadow ruler of the Russian Black Sea coast of the Caucasus. Currently, his interests extended to into the Russian Crimea, but more on that later.
Ruben Tatulyan became criminals’ "underboss" and the successor of the murdered "thief in law" Ded Hassan. Having received the nickname "Robson", a former athlete of promotes the interests of the criminal world and the Armenian diaspora in all government agencies of the region. Many appointments of judicial staff and security officials do not take place without his approval.
Robson’s life journey in summary is the following. On December 8th, 1969 in Sochi in an Armenian Tatulian family a boy was born. His parents gave him Jewish name Ruben, which means "overseer". This name, as we now know, proved to be prophetic. The boy was obviously gifted physically, at the age of six he was playing football in junior sports school. When he was 16 years old, Ruben was playing as a forward for the Krasnodar Region team in the final of the USSR football tournament called the "Leather Ball". However, in the nineties, when he was 27 years old, in order to somehow meet his financial demands, Ruben was already involved in dealing of stolen cars through Abkhazia and started extensive communication with Abkhaz criminal world. Officially, he was, of course, listed in Youth Sports School "Labor Reserves" (now the "Youth of Russia" sports complex). At the age of 29, he was appointed as the commercial director of the "Pearl" football club. At the age of 31, Ruben has been elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of a healing and resort travel complex "Vesna". Shortly before this event, Ruben (already nicknamed Robson) gets acquainted with a young "thief in law" Alik Minalian, known in a criminal world under the nickname "Alex Sochinsky".
Shortly after Ded Hassan’s murder, Sergey Zirin, the “overseer” of Anapa, was arrested on charges of forcible takeovers of enterprises and murders of unwanted businessmen. Perhaps, this combination of circumstances resulted in Robson becoming the sole manager of the most important strategic and resort zones of Russia. From now on, in and around the city nothing can be solved without his consent. Ruben Tatulian travels with an escort, consisting of armored vehicles and accompanied by a dozen guards armed to the teeth. It is worth noting that the number of his personal vehicle registration belongs to the diplomatic corps of the Republic of Armenia.
It will just suffice to mention the case in Sochi airport when Robson, unhappy that barrier on the territory of the VIP-parking opened too slowly, just rammed it in a diplomatic car? Videos of the event was discussed by the whole country, but no consequences for Ruben Tatulian followed. Neither the Russian Federal Security Service, nor other services did react, just turned a deaf ear to it. Staff of the CrimeRussia has repeatedly tried to get a comment from the Embassy of Armenia asking: "Does Tatulian have an Ambassador status?". But we did not get any intelligible answer. Meanwhile, an unofficial source told us that the status of "honorary consul", in particular, of Armenia, can be purchased for 50 thousand US dollars.
These events give a reason to think that Tatulian may have such power and influence that we, the ordinary citizens of Russia have no idea about. Such powerful influence of the Armenian criminal diaspora having the support of the Foreign Ministry of Armenia, can not but cause anxiety in the Russian FSB.
It is possible that there is a big game going on and it is not yet clear who will be the winner. They say that at the moment neither Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov, nor the new governor of Kuban Veniamin Kondratyev do not solve the problem without consulting with Robson.
There is no limit to the authority of this crime boss in Kuban, he had placed himself above the law by removing the Azeri and Georgian criminal diasporas from the competition and steamrolling their business. We can assume that he is intentionally allowed to do so in order to prevent the growing influence of the Chechen groups, relying on omnipotent Ramzan Kadyrov and engaging more and more into an open confrontation with a group of Armenian authority for spheres of influence. Thus, by the traditional heavy-handed methods, by the army of militants, ethnic Abkhazians and Armenians, Robson completes the phase of takeover of all major facilities in Sochi. According to unofficial information, Tatulian privately mentioned that his people were determined to take control of all the important sites and resorts in Crimea. Allegedly, he helped in every way possible to maintain stability in the region at the time of the annexation of Crimea to Russia, and now he is allowed to do what he is doing in consideration of it.
As for the official life of Ruben Tatulian (Robson), he is now a society, respected man, the Assistant of the State Duma Deputy Alexander Karelin, an entrepreneur, an athlete, the president of the Sochi Fight Federation (received an award from the Ministry of Sports of Russia for contribution to the preparation and performance of the national team to fight on London Olympics) and, of course, a philanthropist, an organizer of Emilia Kazandjian’s Fund’s charity balls (Monaco).
The sports complex "Vesna" is also operating: the future and current Olympians train there. In addition to "Vesna", Tatulyan owns real estate all around Sochi. Commercial properties with a total area of about 70 thousand square meters, of which the tenth is the first shopping center in the city modestly called 'The Tatulian" brings about 850-900 million rubles a year to its owner.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg of Robson’s empire. "The talented Sochi entrepreneur Ruben Albertovich Tatulian is unstoppable", it is said in a laudative interview with, but as you know, nothing lasts forever, even high-ranking patrons.
Despite the fact that 2 years have passed since the criminal disassembly that turned into a slaughterhouse, the exact picture of what happened at the Elements restaurant on December 14, 2015, is still uncertain. The investigation of criminal cases and a whole series of major detentions, which entailed events of that evening, continue to this day. None of those who were involved in extortion, shoot-out and the protection of criminals has not yet been convicted. The CrimeRussia reconstructs the chronicle of the events of that day on the information available in the public domain and video recordings from CCTV cameras.
In the request sent by the Dozhd TV channel, there were no documents confirming violations committed by deputy Alexey Yezubov, said Natalya Poklonskaya, the head of the State Duma's commission for the control of declarations.