Time capsule from 90s: New sentence for thief in law released from prison
While Giya Beremena was doing his time, St. Petersburg operatives confirmed his involvement in a robbery committed in 1999.
As it became known, thief in law Georgy Beriashvili known in the criminal world as Giya Beremena had been released from a colony in the Arkhangelsk region upon completion of his sentence. However, the 54-year-old thief’s stay on the outside ended where it started; officers of the MIA Main Administration of Criminal Search and their colleagues from Arkhangelsk were already waiting him at the exit from the Arkhangelsk correctional camp No. 7.
It turned out that Giya Beremena was subject to deportation as a person whose stay on the territory of the Russian Federation was considered undesirable, which is why he was brought to the Krasnoselsky Court of St. Petersburg. The court issued a ruling on the forcible deportation of Beriashvili. He is currently in a detention room for illegal immigrants.
In spring 2016, Giya Beremena was detained in Yaroslavl for illegal crossing of the Russian state border; earlier, he had been deported to Georgia with a lifetime ban on entry. After the previous detention in February 2015 during a thieves’ ‘convention’ in the center of Yaroslavl in the company of thief in law Nikolay Sokhadze (Koki), the Russian authorities decided to expel him from the country. However, he once again arrived from Turkey to the Vnukovo International Airport, where he crossed the state border of Russia. The FSB Border Control in the Vnukovo Airport initiated a criminal case into this fact.
Interestingly, when communicating with security services and being recorded with a camera, the thief in law stated that he had come to Russia in order “to somehow return to the legal fold.”
“You have illegally crossed the Russian Federation border,” an FSB representative told the thief in law.
“I know, sir. I shall bear the blame,” the thief in law responded with a smile.
Three months after his detention, the Solntsevo Court of Moscow sent Giya to a place of exile; while he was doing his time, St. Petersburg operatives confirmed his involvement in a robbery committed in 1999. Back then, two of his accomplices, whom he had brought on the case, were detained and convicted, whereas the thief in law himself managed to escape to Georgia. The question why it took the security officials so long to bring Beriashvili to account for his deeds remains open. If his guilt is proven, he will face a new sentence of up to 10 years of imprisonment.
Video: Thief in law Giya Beremena detained in Yaroslavl region
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