Thieves in law will have to testify against each other
The security forces have started implementing the new anti-vor law.
The regions of Russia have received an order to start collecting evidence in relation to “thieves in law” as part of the recent amendments to Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Organization of a criminal community and / or participation therein”). According to them, vors will now face up to 15 years in jail, and those arranging summits will get up to 20.
According to Rosbalt’s law enforcement source, the instruction to begin documenting evidence came to the regional Internal Affairs units yesterday and starting from today, the authorities should proceed to its execution. They will have to report on the results later.
According to Yevgeny Kharlamov, a criminal lawyer and the ex-chief of the criminal police of the internal affairs bodies, the pressure would mainly be exerted on the criminals, who are already serving their sentences. In an interview with URA.ru, he suggested that they would be blackmailed by new prosecution on crimes committed a decade ago, for which they can now get a life sentence.
At the same time, according to the security official, some of the criminals who are now in prison, could regard that as a good chance to get even with their enemies from among mafiosi, including those not related to crime.
Kharlamov, who knows how the bodies operate firsthand, said that the cases might be adjusted to meet certain statistics and get certain testimonies from the convicts.
Mikhail Orsky, a conflictologist, “retired gangster” and writer, who believes that “intolerable conditions” are awaiting the criminal world is also sure that it is the case. He only hopes that decent and honest ones would not fail "their people".
As Rosbalt reported earlier, crime bosses took the new law quite seriously and are keeping a low profile: they changed phone numbers, keep refusing meetings, some even left the country.
Orsky confirms the underworld is indeed anxious. At the same time, in his opinion, “the new law is directed against white-collar criminally, plunderers of political property”. There is a reason the first manifestation of the new crime policy was in the cases against former Open Government Minister Mikhail Abyzov, Senator Rauf Arashukov and former Deputy Minister of Culture Grigory Pirumov.
The CrimeRussia reported earlier that some thieves in law have already left the country, namely: Oleg Pirogov (Tsirkach), Ramaz Dzneladze (Ramaz Kutaissky), Guram Chikhladze (Kvezhoevich), Georgt Kalashyan (Kotik Mladshy) and Ruslan Gegechkori (Shlyapa Mladshy).