Singer Grigory Leps suspected of links to Brothers’ Circle denied entrance to UK

Singer Grigory Leps suspected of links to Brothers’ Circle denied entrance to UK
Grigory Leps and thief in law Dzhemal Mikeladze (Dzhemo)

Popular Russian singer Grigory Leps (real last name Lepsveridze) has been denied a visa to the UK without explanation.

The singer himself said this at the music festival Zhara (‘Heat’) in Baku, RT reports. According to him, his documents had been “reviewed for 120 days and eventually turned away with no explanation.”

To recall, in 2013, the US added Grigory Leps in the list of participants of the Eurasian criminal syndicate The Brothers' Circle on suspicion of having links to the criminal world.

According to the US Federal Treasury, Leps acted as a courier in the crime group, working for the thief in law Vladislav Leontyev (aka Bely, 'White'). However, according to another person on the sanctions list, Moscow lawyer Vadim Lyalin, Leps was only friends with Leontyev.

Grigory Leps himself never made a secret of being friends with many influential representatives of the underground – numerous pictures of him and crime lords and thieves in law can be found online. 

It is worth noting that Leps and Lyalin are not mentioned in the new edition of the list of Russians associated with criminal world, published by the US authorities in December 2017. They and two more persons – namely, Kyrgyz gangster Almambet Anapiyaev and Russian businessman Artur Badalyan – were replaced with thieves in law Yury Pichugin (Pichuga) and Vladimir Tyurin (Tyurik), as well as gangland Russian businessmen Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (Tayvanchik) and Ruben Tatulyan (Robson).

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