Rovshan Lenkoransky’s death still echoes in criminal underworld
Squabbles, intrigues, and assassinations have become even more common in the criminal underworld, now that a war rages for a vacant seat of the deceased Azerbaijani kingpin.
Security forces expect that in 2017, various criminal groups will continue the strife for the legacy of Rovshan Dzhaniev (also known as Rovshan Lenkoransky, murdered last August). He had more than enough heritage to fight for, since his influence stretched from the Urals to Europe.
According to the Azerbaijani edition of Sputnik, the Chechen crowned thief Abu Davtaev (also known as Abu), who had been initially suspected of organizing the attempt on Dzhaniev’s associate Khamzat Gastamirov (Sheikh Khamzat), vowed that he had nothing to do with the crime. Davtaev called it a provocation aimed at to bring split into different clans and keep them from uniting. Right after the death of Rovshan Lenkoransky, it was reported that his closest ally in Europe, Sheikh Khamzat had started uniting Chechen and Turkish clans.
Meanwhile, law enforcers detained a third suspect in the attempted murder of Gastamirov that occurred on December 23, 2016 at his wholesale vegetable base Staay Food Group Holding in the Netherlands. Unidentified persons armed with two Glok pistols and a Kalashnikov with a silencer attacked Sheikh Khamzat and his guards, but were disarmed and handed over to the police. They turned out to be a resident of Urus-Martan district of Chechnya Hasan Zakayev and a native of Jalilabad region of Azerbaijan Gudrat Aliev. The third accomplice turned out to be a Chechen native Umar Akhmadovich Zakaev, who had been caught on the Polish-Belarusian border.
The media outlet reports that Gastamirov’s life is still in danger, because the list of his enemies is only growing. According to sources of Sputnik, recently Sheikh Khamzat appointed a meeting in Turkey with a crowned thief Talybkhanly Hajibaba Tahir oglu (Haji Beylagansky), wishing to discuss complaints against him coming from the Azerbaijani diaspora, as well as to find out his allegiance. Rumors have started to spread that Haji Beylagansky might be involved in the murder of Rovshan Lenkoransky. Especially since he was one of the suspects (including the other four), arrested by Turkish police. However, later all of them were released.
Left to right: Sheikh Khamzat, Rovshan Lenkoransky, Zaur Nakhchivansky, and Haji Beylagansky
However, as a source in Russian law enforcement agencies, which refer to members of the criminal world, told the media outlet, right after Dzhaniev’s murder, Haji Beylagansky acquired a decent sum of money and he limited his travels. He also did not show up for a meeting with Gastamirov.
At the same time, according to the intel of the CrimeRussia, Sheikh Khamzat’s authority and credibility in the criminal world are greatly exaggerated and he has no real influence.
The growing importance of another Azerbaijani kingpin, Nadir Salifov (Guli), looks more realistic. Previously, the CrimeRussia reported that his cohorts staged on camera a real massacre under the crowned thief Rafik Eyvazov (Rafik Masallimsky). They beat and cut off part of his body in December in Turkey, and in the beginning of January, the two factions clashed in Baku.
Salifov himself declared through his lawyer Tarana Alieva that he took no part in the attack on Eyvazov.
As an anonymous prisoner at Matrosskaya Tishina told Sputnik, the shootout additionally involved people of Gurbanov Vugar Vagif oglu, known as Vugar Italianets, who had a long-standing conflict with Salifov after doubting his thieves’ status. Vugar Italianets was also close to Rovshan Lenkoransky, he knew him since high school.
At the same time, despite his confinement (Salifov is serving a long prison sentence in ITK-8 special colony in Azerbaijan), he continues to grow his influence. In the wake of controversy about the head position of the Sverdlovsk region, recent data suggests that Salifov had his people move forward and enlist support of multiple influential businessmen from the Azerbaijani diaspora. His interest is also focused on the notorious vegetable base number 4 located in Yekaterinburg. While Rovshan Lenokransky lived, it brought him huge profits, given that the green market volume amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It is worth noting that earlier, a local kingpin Agayar Agaev (Sedoy), who positioned himself as Rovshan Lenkoransky’s protégé, had plans to become the region’s watcher. The notorious mafia boss Shakro Molodoy also promoted his interests there by sending another kingpin, Avtandil Kobeshavidze (Avto) to the region in the late summer of 2016. Subsequently, some Azerbaijani businessmen sided with him, despite the fact that he belonged to the clan that had opposed Rovshan Lenkoransky.
Since early February, there has been a preventive operation of the National Police of Ukraine in cooperation with the border and migration services called ‘Migrant’. Its aim is to identify and expel thieves in law and foreign crime lords out of the country.