‘Thief in law’ Guli returns to Istanbul
According to some reports, the ‘thief in law’ had visited Baku on his own accord.
Discordant information on the whereabouts of the ‘thief in law’ Nadir Salifov (aka Guli) has again appeared.
According to Ura.ru with reference to QANUN TV, the 46-year-old ‘thief’ has recently returned to Turkey from Azerbaijan. Moreover, Guli was not arrested in Baku, as it had earlier been reported - he visited the city on his own accord. Azerbaijanian authorities had no complaints about him.
His visit to the country where ha had served more than 20 years was a chance for him to lie low and enjoy the calm atmosphere. Lately, Salifov has been reported to have tightened up on security and widened the scope of his authorized representatives.
After the ‘thief’ put hands on almost all former properties in Russia that had been owned by his opponent Rovshan Lenkoransky, Guli encountered the local tycoons.
From what was reported on the TV channel, we can conclude that Guli faces physical threat in Turkey.
Soon after his release, there was an assassination attempt on the ‘thief’. In autumn, 2017, crime group of more than 10 gangsters headed by Rovshan Janiev’s brother Namyk was detained in Istanbul. His clan’s representatives believed Rovshan had been shot in August, 2016, at the order of Guli.
In October, 2018, messages emerged stating Salifov had been detained in a street in Istanbul. His detention was presumably caused by multiple publications on his criminal activity in Russia by the Russian media. In particular, it was reported that his representatives had recently managed to gain complete control over a major wholesale market Food City by laying its employees under tribute.
It was found out later that the Turkish side was considering the deportation of the ‘thief’ to Azerbaijan or Russia where he was put on the wanted list for abduction (article 126 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and extortion (article 163 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
In early December, it was reported that the Turkish authorities had extradited the ‘thief in law’ to Azerbaijan’s capital city of Baku where he had been put under house arrest.
However, soon after, the Department of Justice of Azerbaijan refuted the report on Salifov’s deportation or extradition to Baku.
Vyacheslav Abroskin believes that the influence of criminal leaders extends from control over the collection of money obtained by criminal means to control in the field of energy and natural resources extraction.