Russia and Belarus shut off retreat for thieves in law

Russia and Belarus shut off retreat for thieves in law
Sasha Kushner

Chairperson of Central Department for Combatting Organized Crime and Corruption of Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs addressed Vladimir Kolokoltsev’s lifelong ban on entry into the country for all the Belarusian thieves in law. “We’ve blocked their ways on all sides”, he said.

The MIA official gave a comprehensive interview to Belarus Segodnya (Belarus Today), saying that 2016 was a "challenging yet successful and fruitful" year for the department he runs. For example, Nikolai Karpenkov stated that the criminals made no advances in any of the three directions of work (combating corruption, organized criminal groups and manifestations of extremism) and the operational situation has had no complications.

Karpenkov also focused on the country’s cooperation with Russian colleagues. For instance, the Belarusian official pointed at a significant upward trend when it comes to working together with Russian law enforcement agencies. He mentioned Vladimir Kolokoltsev’s lifelong ban on entry into the country for all the Belarusian thieves in law. We named non-grata persons for life earlier: Pavel Alekseevich (Pashtet), Aleksandr Medvedev (Medvezhonok), Oleg Gerasimovich (Mumu) and Ruslan Lebedev (Lebed). The list also includes Sasha Kushner, who has left Belarus, as well as Galei, who is serving a long prison term right now.

 Nikolai Karpenkov, Chairperson of Central Department for Combatting Organized Crime and Corruption of Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs

Nikolai Karpenkov, the Chairperson of Central Department for Combatting Organized Crime and Corruption of Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs

The Russian Main Administration for Criminal Search informed the Belarusian crowned thieves of the decision made by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia. Belarusian thieves in law from now on are not welcome in Russia under his decree.

"Together with the Russians we are smashing the underworld leaders and their businesses," said Nikolai Karpenkov on Kolokoltsev's decision.

"Each Russian thief in law gets arrested as soon as he shows up here, and then is sent back. That’s what the Russians did to our thieves as well, as we know," said the Belarus official. The measures the government takes are cutting off the route of retreat for the criminals, who are now surrounded on all sides. Belarus and Russia created local interaction and global interaction groups targeting cross-border organized criminal groups to exchange, support and conjointly implement operational information.

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