Thief in law Goga Rustavsky goes missing in Sochi

Thief in law Goga Rustavsky goes missing in Sochi
Goga Rustavsky

The other day, he was to be brought to court for administrative proceedings.

Sochi law enforcers have lost sight of the 54-year-old Georgian thief in law Georgy Gogoladze aka Goga Rustavsky.

August 30, the Adler District Court of Sochi fined him 30 thousand rubles ($427) for illegally crossing the border and using forged documents.

In June this year, employees of the FSB and MIA General Administration of Criminal Investigation detained the thief in the Chekhov district, the Moscow region. It turned out that since 2016, the thief in law had lived in the territory of Russia under a fake identity. A search in his house revealed two Abkhazian passports and a driver's license in the name of Sukhashvili, which, according to the thief in law himself, he had bought in Abkhazia, and then submitted when crossing the Abkhaz-Russian border. 

Apparently, after that, he was transferred to Sochi, where he was notified of the undesirability of his further stay in the country and a life-long ban on entry. 

Based on this decision, after the verdict was handed down in his criminal case, Gogoladze was to be brought to court on administrative cases for placement in a special detention center for illegal migrants subject to deportation. However, after the trial finished, no one ever saw the thief in law again. Perhaps he decided to immediately implement the decision of the Minister of the Interior of the Russian Federation on the ban on entry. 

In 2008, according to the decision of the Babushkinsky District Court of Moscow and at the request of the Georgian authorities, Georgy Gogoladze was extradited from Russia to Georgia, where the Telavi Court had previously sentenced him in absentia to 10 years’ imprisonment for participating in a thieves’ community. After the Georgian thieves were amnestied in 2013, Gogoladze was at large again, after which he tried to revoke the previously annulled Russian citizenship and regain his registration in the Moscow district of Severnoe Butovo, where his wife lived.

Goga Rustavsky is a thief in law of Soviet formation and a brother of another infamous thief in law Tamaz Gogoladze aka Chermen. In the 90s, the Gogoladze brothers had a wealth of contacts throughout the Moscow’s underground and took part in gang feuds, supervising the activities of crime groups engaged in apartment theft and robbery.

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