Russian criminal generals are buried with honors 

Russian criminal generals are buried with honors
Bros from the 90s were buried as honorary citizens, heroes of wars - in the central alleys of the cemeteries

The funeral of Amur crime boss Zaruba turned into a scandal. The witness filmed a funeral procession, which elongates for hundreds of meters, blocking the city streets. About a hundred people walked along the roadway behind the coffin. According to the author of the video, among those who carried the coffin of the lord, the heads of the local police and the Prosecutor’s Office were noticed. “So that I live and die,” thought the onlookers, who witnessed the procession. How gangsters and thieves in law have become real authorities for citizens?

All-Russian funeral

On January 8, a video with a funeral procession in the city of Amursk, Khabarovsk Territory hit social networks. Voice-over claimed that they were escorting a local crime boss nicknamed Zaruba on the final journey. We are talking about the underboss of the city of Yuri Zarubin, who died of cancer. It was also alleged that the police blocked the movement in the town, and there were the Amursk prosecutor and the head of the Department of Internal Affairs.


Zaruba's funeral

“The funeral was a big event for the city, that's a fact. Zarubin, everyone knows that was a criminal authority from the 90s, he was the underboss of the Amur. Remember, in Komsomolsk-on-Amur there was Dzhem, so Zarubin was his protege. Of course, over the years many people dealt with him. But there seemed to be a head of the police department in the procession; it was a hoax. There was no such thing,” the source told AmurMedia. The witness added that 350-400 people participated in the procession.

The source of The CrimeRussia said that Zaruba 'resigned,' but his authority in the city remained unshakable. However, not all citizens reacted to such the funeral. He helped someone to get out of the criminal clashes, and someone – from spoiled life.

Security forces deny their participation in the procession. As spokesperson of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Khabarovsk Territory Irina Shchegoleva said, the police officers did not participate in the funeral. The supervisory authority also denied the presence of the prosecutor of Amursk at the funeral. Moreover, law enforcement officers said that the funeral procession was fined for violating traffic rules. Thus, four protocols for the attempt to block the road and two for driving at a red light were drawn up. Also, fines for similar violations were issued to four car owners who hit video recording cameras.

“During the inspection, it was established that the information about the participation of the head of the district police department was false - at that time he was not close to the procession area. The information about the blocking of traffic for the free movement of the funeral procession is also not true. The participants of the funeral, having decided to move on the roadway in violation of the rules, independently tried to block the traffic. However, these attempts were terminated by the traffic police inspectors,” said Irina Shchegoleva.


The official representative of the regional central board added that the reputation of the police was damaged, and therefore the issue of protecting the honor and dignity of the police will be considered in court.

“Now we are trying to understand why he did it, and then we will defend honor and dignity since it is clear that because of this publication, the internal affairs bodies suffered unreasonably reputational losses. By the way, he couldn’t explain anything,” the head of the press service of the regional police department said.

On Thursday, January 17, the regional department of the Investigation Committee initiated a Libel case (part 1 of Article 128.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) because of reports about the participation of law enforcement officers in the funeral of criminal authority. However, the decision to initiate a criminal case was canceled, and even the message about it was removed from the website of the regional ICR.

Blogger and reputation

The main suspect in damaging the reputation turned out to be blogger Viktor Toroptsev, who posted Zaruba’s funeral video on his two YouTube channels and Instagram, indicating a link to the source on Twitter. Already on January 10, the blogger was taken to the police department for a conversation, and on the fact of the publication, a check was scheduled. On January 12, Toroptsev was detained again. At the same time, he was detained by the traffic police for allegedly invalid driver's license, although Toroptsev had not received any information about the deprivation of permit and had not been summoned to court. According to the source of OVD-Info, the blogger was supposed to be in the police department until Monday, January 14. Already on the day of detention, he went on a hunger strike. Toroptsev related his imprisonment with the distribution of the video about the authoritative funeral.

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Blogger Viktor Toroptsev

On January 13, the representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Khabarovsk Territory hurried to refute the information about the detention of Toroptsev. According to the Ministry, the blogger was once invited to a conversation with the police - immediately after he posted the video.

The story is not over. On Monday, January 14, the same regional commander in chief of the Ministry of Internal Affairs suddenly announced that blogger Toroptsev had been arrested for ten days for driving without a license. At the same time, the guards clarified that the arrested person had been deprived of his driving license as early as May 2018 for refusing to be examined. On Thursday, January 17, reports about the detention of Mikhail Potapenkov, a resident of Komsomolsk-on-Amur and a friend of the author of the video, appeared in local media. At the same time, the police and the investigating authorities did not comment on his detention. The reason for the detention was that allegedly Mikhail Potapenky looked like a robber wanted by the police.


Mikhail Potapenkov, a friend of the blogger

Zaruba, Dzhem's protege

There is practically no data about Yuri Zarubin, but something can still be found. The friend of Zarubin told Komsomolskaya Pravda about how they did time together in the Birobidzhan educational labor colony of the general regime. It was more than 40 years ago, and the future authority was barely 18 years old at that time.

According to him, Zaruba then did not make a special impression on him - he was “a simple peasant.” It also turned out that Zarubin was imprisoned for robbery. And it was the only conviction in the life of the authority.

After liberation, Zarubin did not reach the title thief in law, but he was considered a criminal authority in a small Amursk and even was responsible for the common fund, another source told KP Khabarovsk.

The local press has already called Zaruba one of the leaders of the criminal community. The common fund, which was kept by thief in law Evgeny Vasin (Dzhem). According to some information, Zaruba became the underboss of Amursk.

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Evgeny Vasin

By the way, it was Dzhem and his gang who are credited with creating the AUE criminal youth subculture. The mob has established a sports teen camp, which was located on the Amur island of Malaikin. This place was called our little Palermo. In Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk, several Dzhem's brigades were working in search of homeless children. The children were taken to their apartments, washed, fed and inculcated their “correct” ideology. Even when the mob died in 2001, the system he built continued to live. In 2009, the surviving leaders and members of the group received lengthy prison sentences.

Zaruba nevertheless managed to survive during the defeat of the entire Far Eastern mafia and even survived an attempt on his life in 2002. In January of that year, at the commemoration of another prominent representative of the local criminal world Vovchik Abramov, an unknown person fired at Zarubin, but missed and hit the cap. Later, the failed killer was found in one of the communal apartments with multiple knife wounds. He died from blood loss, without regaining consciousness.


Evgeny Vasin's gang

Then it was believed that Zaruba could become a victim of internal squabbles. After the death of thief in law Dzhem, disputes over the control over the thievish common fund began. The late Vovchik Abramov was just dismissed from the use of the 'obschak,' and his relative decided to take revenge.

Thieves' scope for the funeral

The funeral procession in honor of Zaruba wouldn’t surprise anyone in the 90s, when not only the siloviki but also representatives of show business and officials could come to say goodbye to the authorities. As recalls, in June 2003, the alleged leader of the Tambovskaya organized the criminal group, Vladimir Barsukov (Kumarin), and authority Vyacheslav Slatin (Pasha Kudryash), and deputy of the legislative branch came to the funeral of 'authoritative' entrepreneur Konstantin Yakovlev (Kostya Mohyla).

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On October 14, 2009, in Moscow, Vyacheslav Ivankov, the thief in law named Yaponchik, one of the patriarchs of the underworld, was buried. The killer shot him in Moscow, at the exit of the Elephant Thai restaurant. On the day of the funeral, access to the Vagankovskoye cemetery was closed; the coffin with the body of Yaponchik was carried by his entourage, while the entire road from the church to the grave was covered with roses and carnations. The luxurious oak coffin was equipped with interior light and air conditioning. The total cost of the funeral of Yaponchik, according to rough estimates, cost one million dollars - the criminal world doled out from the thieves' common fund.


Yaponchik's grave

About 400 representatives of the criminal world, including thieves in law and criminal authorities, arrived at the Vagankovskoye cemetery. The funeral procession was guarded by five buses with the police.

On January 20, 2013, the criminal world of Russia farewelled with thief in law Aslan Usoyan (Ded Hasan), whom the killer shot dead at the exit from the Old Faeton restaurant in Moscow. The farewell ceremony with authority was held at the Khovanskoe cemetery; At least one thousand people participated in it. At the same time, not a single police officer (at least in uniform) was noticed on it.

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Ded Hasan's grave

Graves in 33 square meters

Authorities and thieves in law are not only pompously escorted on their last journey, but also set a statue in full growth. The largest monuments are put in honor of thieves in law, close to the deceased. However, there are other situations - for example, the memorial to Skif (in the world - Andrey Golubev) was erected by his brother.


Andrey Golubev's grave

Skif, the 39-year-old thief in law, was killed in a parking lot in the courtyard of house No. 41 on Volgogradsky Avenue in Moscow in May 2009. Killers opened fire on the Infiniti SX-50 jeep, in the cabin of which there were three people. Skif and criminal authority Korsak died on the spot, the driver of the SUV was still alive.

Andrey Golubev was the closest friend of Ded Hasan; he was too deeply involved in all the main processes of the criminal world, including those related to the thieves clans' conflict.

However, almost all the thieves close to Ded Hasan were awarded elegant monuments:


The grave of Kamal Musoyan (Camel). Killed in Moscow in 2002. Buried in Anapa


The grave of Vladimir Barsegov (Kirpich Tbilissky). He died of a stroke in 2000. Buried in Rostov-on-Don

In the winter of 2010, Armen Harutyunyan, 40, well-known thief in law Armen Kanevsky, died in the hospital in Astrakhan. The deceased was the underboss of Ded Hasan in the Kuban and was one of the most influential thieves in law in southern Russia. The late, sentenced to 11 years of a strict regime for murder, suffered from severe diabetes.


The grave of Armen Kanevsky in Yerevan

In Tambov, the oldest and most respected thief in law was Vyacheslav Krylov, nicknamed Kryl. Kryl was crowned in 1985 in the Novocherkassk prison. In 2001, the thief in law was arrested and convicted of murder. Krylov, like many other criminal authorities of his rank, did not escape addiction to hard drugs. On December 15, 2002, the thief in law died of heart failure in the detachment of the intensive regime of the Tambov colony. Krylov was buried at the Polynkov cemetery in Tambov.


Kryl's grave

In the spring of 2003, the oldest thief in law Alexander Prokofiev, nicknamed Sasha Shorin, was buried in Moscow. His criminal career can be considered almost a classic example of "the right thieves life." The Weiner brothers perpetuated his image in the novel “The meeting place cannot be changed”: Sasha Shorin was the prototype of the pickpocketer Kirpich.


Alexander Prokofiev's grave  

74-year-old Alexander Prokofiev died of cancer in a hospital ward. He was diagnosed with a disease a long time ago, but in the last two years, it began to progress rapidly. Because of this, the respected thief in law retired and appeared in society only at the funeral of his colleagues.

The oldest of the Russian mobs was born in Sokolniki and lived there all his life. Rather, that part of it that passed between the prison sentences. There were ten of them, and all for pickpocketing.

In the summer of 2012, well-known Georgian thief in law Tamaz Pipia, nicknamed Tamaz Sukhumsky, died in the 56th year of life after a severe illness. The cause of the death of a criminal general was cancer.


Tamaz Pipia's grave

A native of the village of Tsarche, Gali district of Abkhazia, Tamaz Pipia was imprisoned for the first time in his homeland in 1976. Subsequently, he was convicted twice more: in 79 and 84th, and since then has not been prosecuted. At the beginning of the 90s, Pipia moved from Abkhazia to Moscow, where many prominent representatives of the Sukhumi clan firmly settled. In 1993, in the Smolensk Square area, Tamaz got into a car accident, which forever confined him to a wheelchair. At first, despite the injury, Pipia continued to actively participate in the thieves' movement and even went to meetings abroad. Gradually, illegal activity faded into the background, turning Tamaz into a relatively law-abiding citizen.


Rovshan Lenkoransky's grave

In 2017, on the anniversary of the death of Rovshan Dzhaniev (Rovshan Lenkoransky), a five-meter monument was erected on his grave. The sculpture, made in India by order of his brother Namik Dzhaniev, was brought to Baku through Turkey. One of the most influential thieves in law of the last decade was killed on the night of August 18, 2016, in Istanbul. Killers shot from assault rifles and killed him and the driver who died on the spot. The thief in law later died in the hospital, where he was taken in serious condition. His body was delivered to his homeland, to Azerbaijan, where he was buried with thievish honors. The CrimeRussia has previously reported, the plane with the body of Dzhaniev was met by thousands of people. The funeral of the mob gathered a huge number of people. According to the source of The CrimeRussia, Dzhaniev was highly honored in Azerbaijan; even deputies openly expressed their support for him.

Years after burials, representatives of the criminal world hold gatherings on the graves of older comrades. At the end of 2018 in Kharkov, the security forces detained the participants in the criminal gathering. The police received information that the leaders of gangster groups intended to pay homage to thief in law Alexander Kochev (Kovalenko, Korzhikov, Knyazev), who died on December 28, 1996, at the age of 77 years. Alexander Kochev, known by the nickname Vasya Korzh, was crowned in 1942 at the age of 22. He was repeatedly tried.


Vasya Korzh's grave

There are gangster graveyards in almost every region of Russia and abroad. They all seem to compete in their size, price and pathos. Bros from the 90s were buried as honorary citizens, heroes of wars - in the central alleys of the cemeteries. There is no need to go far for examples. Everyone knows the Orekhovskaya alley at Kotlyakovsky cemetery, where famous gang members rest. Large authorities and thieves in law fought for a better life and not only for themselves. Thus, residents of Saratov complained about communal problems after the death of thief in law Noah Tsulai. The fact is that the mob financed road repairs. However, after his death as a result of an accident in 2015, road services stopped maintaining the street.



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