Rovshan Lenkoransky’s business in Ural — every bunch of herbs helps to fight against Ded Hasan 

Rovshan Lenkoransky’s business in Ural — every bunch of herbs helps to fight against Ded Hasan
Rovshan Dzhaniev

The capital of the Ural Region funded the kingpin, even a Yekaterinburg municipal enterprise paid its due.

Yekaterinburg residents were actively involved in the business of the crowned thief Rovshan Dzhaniev (better known as Lenkoransky). The money for Ded Hasan’s enemy was collected by his influential supporters. Natives of Azerbaijan took proud of Rovshan and received funding from each greengrocer and trading post of the fellow countrymen. Those who did not agree were dealt with, those who were satisfied traveled to Turkey, where Dzhaniev was recently killed by his enemies, millions of rubles wasted. Who paid and who collected, how much money the kingpin acquired, and what the convict Viktor Konteev has to do with it — in the article by

Rovshan Lenkoransky influenced the Urals more than it might seem. The crime boss, who was shot in Istanbul in mid-August, had been collecting money from each greengrocery store. Rovshan’s main lobbyists in the Middle Urals are called the Talysh, representatives of one of the small peoples of Azerbaijan. According to Sverdlovsk Registry, there were only 89 of them in 2009 in the Central Urals. Adjusted for the subtleties of their migration, their number may be considerably larger, but almost every one of them could call the Talysh Rovshan Dzhaniev his or her relative or a spiritual brother.

"For the Talysh Dzhaniev was a respected person, a crowned thief as well, but nobody thought of him as a criminal in the conventional sense. They actually collected money for him, or "spared," to be precise. The collection system was unsophisticated: the Yekaterinburg stalls selling vegetables, fruits and herbs, and – in the season - watermelons rarely work by themselves. Most are part of the network that belongs to any of the wholesalers, the Talysh of the Azerbaijanis. One can have a dozen stalls, another - thirty. In recent years, Rovshan’s monthly tax from each stall amounted to 50-60 thousand rubles," reported an informed source.

According to statistics compiled back when Viktor Konteev supervised the Yekaterinburg commercial market, until 2010, there had been up to 600 grocery stores in the regional center. After 2010, under the decision of city authorities, their number decreased by three times. There is a version that it coincided with Rovshan Lenkoransky growing in power and entering into an open confrontation with the king of the underworld Ded Hasan (Aslan Usoyan).

This raised the standing of Dzhaniev among his fellow countrymen in Russia, which allowed him to gain control over the market of agricultural products, mainly groceries. In Yekaterinburg, the rebellious crowned thief was not particularly welcome for a variety of reasons. One of them was the fact that Konteev looked up to Rovshan’s enemies, Ded Hasan included, so the provision base may have been cut at the request of the Moscow colleagues.

According to various estimates, now the number of grocery stalls in Yekaterinburg has been restored to fit the demands of the million-plus city.

The rough estimates show that, until recently, it took 5-10 million rubles per month to feed Lenkoransky.

Money was transferred into the structures that were engaged in cash-out system. One of them was located in the 4th vegentable warehouse and was eliminated only in April 2016.

"If you buy a bunch of parsley, you invest a ruble for the crowned thief," said the source. He clarified that previously Dzhaniev collected money for the war with Ded Hasan, with two attempts on his life made, in 2010 and 2013. The last attempt was successful, and both were attributed to Rovshan. For that, the thieves from Hassan’s clan signed him a death sentence.

Despite the strife and infighting, until his death, Lenkoransky gathered money from Yekaterinburg. Of course, not only the owners of the stalls paid. The so-called taxes were collected from large enterprises as well, such as the vegetable wholesalers. As already wrote, Azerbaijani businessmen from the 4th vegetable warehouse made contributions, as well as from the adjacent Urozhai warehouse (owned by a native of the Uralmash crime group Igor Sychev).

The money to Turkey also flowed from an old warehouse on the Komsomolskaya Street in Yekaterinburg, which was part of another trade network of the Soviet supply system Gastromom in Yekaterinburg. By the way, Viktor Konteev worked there once, previously an exemplary Soviet tradesman.

It is noteworthy that Rovshan Dzhaniev fed from the state municipal enterprise Torgoviy Dom, which had been created during the office of Konteev. It rented areas for trade and warehouses, as well as a pair of watermelon stores. According to available information, Rovshan collected 200 rubles a month from each square meter. The plain name of the municipal enterprise hardly reveals its purpose.

A certain other thing is intriguing: the leadership of Torgoviy Dom included the right hand of Konteev, Evgeny Kravchenko, who had strong ties with the most influential representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora.

They include, first and foremost, the formal leader of the Azerbaijani Shahin Shikhlinsky, who has connections with authorities and law enforcers. His status helped both resolve the problems, and create them.

One way or the other, Rovshan Dzhaniev had a few groups from the Talysh and Azeri diasporas working on him — the clan of one of the managers of the 4th vegetable warehouse Azer Piriev, which includes his foremen Zaur, Akhliman, and Piriev’s relative Bakhruz, as well as representatives of Konteev and Kravchenko (his right hand, Mekhman Agamuradov). The last people even have the same legal address - offices of Torgoviy Dom and Agamuradov’s Plodovosch LLC (even the charter documents contain an error in the name - Ed.). and UralFrukt are located in the Armavirskaya Street, 47a.

"Akhliman collected money from grocery stores and Bakhruz – from vegetable warehouses. Their connections with the authorities provided safeguard and helped cause problems for those who disagreed with that taxation system," concluded the source.

However, the most influential person in the Talysh diaspora in the Middle Urals is considered Agayar Agaev, nicknamed Sedoy. A number of sources does not consider him as such, though it was he who pronounced himself in 2010 as a protégé of the empowered Rovshan Dzhaniev and set himself against Ded Hasan.

Six years later, in April 2016, Agayar Sedoy combined his 50-year anniversary with his inauguration as the overseer. The party was ruined by special forces of the MIA and FSB, but it gathered various other kingpins, who were in one way or another connected with the thief inlaw. As well as all of the above mentioned personalities.

The source noted that the murder of Lenkoransky brings a period of instability.

"It is clear that the money will still be collected - who is going to refuse such source of income? At the same time, it is clear, where this money will flow. But some of Rovshan’s successors will take notice of that. There is plenty of suitors. Whether the people are going to accept such a person, and whether there will be bloodshed for power, remains to be seen. That is a whole different question," concluded the source.

Caption Photo: Agayar Agaev, an influential representative of the Azerbaijani diaspora
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