Thief in law Badri Kutaissky released after 7 years’ hard term 

Thief in law Badri Kutaissky released after 7 years’ hard term
Badri Koguashvili (Badri Kutaissky)

Siloviki promise not to throw any obstacles in the ‘authoritative’ thief in law’s way at large.

Today thief in law Badri Koguashvili (Badri Kutaissky), 54, left Krasnoyarsk correctional colony-31. Unlike many other crime lords that served their terms, he was not expelled from the country, although in February of this year supervision for two years after his release was decided upon.

Now, in the next 2 years, Koguashvili is forbidden to leave his place of residence without permission, he must daily report to the police, and operatives will see to it that he appears at home not later than the time stipulated. That is, in fact, this punishment can be compared to a suspended term. If the conditions of supervision are violated, the crime boss may face a new case.

For the criminal world, the liberation of Badri Kutaissky is event, comparable to the last year’s release of another crime lord - Nadir Salifov (Guli). Badri has always enjoyed great respect among many representatives of the underworld, and now, after seven years of almost daily confrontation with the prison administration, his authority has become incontrovertible.

It is quite possible that now he will be able to kind of resurrect Kutaissky clan, bringing together such criminal figures as Elgudzha Turkadze (Gudzha Kutaissky), Guram Chikhladze (Kvezhoevich), and Kakha Parpaliia (Kakha Galsky) around himself.

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Kakha Galsky

It is no accident that Badri has been sent to prison by Ded Khasan, who used all his administrative resources, after he nominated himself for the role of the just-neutralized leader of Kutaissky clan, Tariel Oniani. As a result, an imprudent shot at Khasan, multiplied by a clear reassessment of his capabilities, cost Badri himself freedom. At the same time, Khasan ensured that the time spent by Badri in prison was not added to the time of his ‘thievish’ record.

Despite the fact that Badri tried not to join any of the ‘thievish’ clans, and tried to resolve any ‘thievish’ issues as objectively as possible, it is widely said that Ded Khasan had something to do with this Badri’s term. Moreover, the conflict erupted exactly because of Koguashvili's unfaltering adherence to ‘thievish’ traditions.

The first confrontation between Badri and Khasan occurred in 2009, when he, along with Kakha Galsky, arranged a skirmish in Israel with thieves in law Roland Shlyapa and Dyaka, controlled by Usoyan.

In 2011, Koguashvili purposely returned from the United States to initiate a gathering with the participation of Ded Khasan, at which he could explain his conflict with another crime boss Tariel Oniani (Taro), as well as the ‘coronation’ of five people at once, which ostensibly was held with violation of the established procedure. However, instead of this, Usoyan, carefully avoiding such gatherings since the mid-1990s, sent the newly-made Chechen thief in law Gilani Sedoy to Badri to blow up him. Soon Koguashvili ended up in Butyrka, where after that there was a circular order about his ‘decrowning’ without any grounds.

At the same time, after the murder of Ded Khasan and the return of Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) to Russia, the question about restoring his status was raised at the global Yerevan gathering in 2015. Besides, Badri and the son of Roland Shlyapa, Ruslan, who found themselves in the same conditions, recognized each other as ‘thieves.’

 Бадри Кутаисский в молодости (справа)

 Badri Kutaissky in his youth (to the right)

Nevertheless, it was the FSIN staff that helped better than all gatherings to restore Badri’s reputation as the ‘right thief’, who for 7 years kept the crime boss under their press. Over the years, he changed seven different places of detention, where he was isolated from other prisoners, then provocateurs were placed in his cell, or he was deprived of sleep through the half-sawed bench on which he slept, which forced him to resort to hunger strikes. Furthermore, they tried to compromise him in the eyes of other prisoners in every possible fashion. However, eventually, the supervisors themselves had to admit that for the entire time of confrontation they failed to wrest down the crime boss. This is what the petition on appointing a supervisory term after his release, submitted by them to the court, says, since they were not able to discipline Koguashvili.

Now, in a situation where Ded Khasan is dead, Kalashov is imprisoned, and Taro is also preparing for an early release, Koguashvili has got a carte blanche to become almost the most key figure in the criminal world.

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