Thief in law Koba Rustavsky wanted by Spain leaves Armenia under fake identity
The influential Georgian thief in law Koba Shemazashvili, whom the US authorities had put on the Brothers’ Circle list along with other thieves in 2013, has been hiding in Armenia by the name of a Ukraine national Arkady Martirosyan for two years.
According to the criminal news site Shamshyan.com, the 44-year-old thief in law Koba Shemazashvili aka Koba Rustavsky lived in Armenia under a fake identity from the beginning of 2016 to May 2018.
In 2016, Koba Shemazashvili entered the territory of Armenia using a false passport in the name of a Ukraine national Arkady Martirosyan, operatives of the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime of the Armenia MIA found out.
According to A1Plus, the joint inspections with the Armenian National Central Bureau of Interpol revealed that Koba Shemazashvili, who is sought at the international level by the law enforcement agencies of the Kingdom of Spain and charged with a number of articles of the Spanish Criminal Code, including Murder, left Armenia May 1 using the same fake passport.
As previously reported by The CrimeRussia, a native of Rustavi, the thief in law Koba Shemazashvili (Koba Rustavsky) is considered the right-hand man to Lasha Shushanashvili, who promoted the ‘crowning’ of Koba.
In 2013, the US authorities put Shemazashvili on the Brothers’ Circle sanctions list along with other thieves.
Its main core includes eight thieves in law: Zakhary Kalashov, Vladislav Leontyev (Vadik Bely), Vasily Khristoforov (Vasya Voskres), Temuri Mirzoyev (Timur Sverdlovsky, the nephew of the murdered underworld patriarch Aslan Usoyan aka Ded Hasan), Vladimir Vagin (Vagon), Lasha Shushanashvili (Lasha Rustavsky), Koba Shemazashvili (Koba Rustavsky), and Kamchybek Kolbayev (Kamchi).
It was reported that Koba Rustavsky used to head a wing of Lasha Shushanashvili’s OCG in a number of European countries, standing higher than his brother Kakha Rustavsky (Kakhaber Shushanashvili) in its hierarchy. Over the last 8 years, Koba Shemazashvili has repeatedly managed to escape from the prosecution of law enforcement agencies of several countries. In the spring of 2016, Swiss law enforcers detained Shemazashvili; Spain demanded extradition of the thief, but he managed to leave the country and take a lower profile in Armenia.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.