Taivanchik confirms friendship with vors, reveals income sources
Businessman Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov claims to be a law-abiding citizen.
Russian entrepreneur Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, who goes by Taivanchik in the underworld, revealed his income sources in a conversation with Lenta.ru.
Tokhtakhunov said that he gets most of his income from renting out the real estate, which he bought with his savings and stressed that his business practices are fair and honest.
“I am a businessman first of all, then the president of the football fund and an honored coach of the Russian Federation. (...) Yes, they call me a crime lord but I have not committed a single crime in my life. There might have been some mistakes, but I’ve never been caught. Prove that I stole, killed or did something else. My business is an honest one,” said Tokhtakhunov.
According to the man, he saved the money back at the time when he had several casinos.
Taivanchik did not deny that he was friends with people from the criminal world. According to him, he knows Piso (thief in law Valeryan Kuchuloria), Yura Lakob (thief in law Yura Sukhumsky), Givi Beradze (thief in law Givi Rezany).
“I’ve even seem Mongol (Gennady Karkov, the number one USSR racketeer), but I never got to know him. Just spotted him in a restaurant once or twice. We had games together, so I did spend time with those people and know that they did some noble deeds, too,” said Taivanchik, stressing that if he ever had to talk to vors, he never gave any money for their common fund.
The media call Taivanchik one of the major crime bosses in Russia. In 2011, he was one of the top ten most wanted criminals in the United States. He was accused of trafficking in drugs and weapons, selling stolen cars. Taivanchik was also accused of arranging illegal gambling and money laundering. At the end of 2017, Taivanchik got on the US sanctions list.