Ukrainian law enforcers’ performance ameliorated: 8 thieves in law detained year to date

Ukrainian law enforcers’ performance ameliorated: 8 thieves in law detained year to date
Deputy Head of the National Police of Ukraine Vyacheslav Abroskin

Deputy Head of the National Police of Ukraine Vyacheslav Abroskin reviewed the results of law enforcement agencies’ work in the first quarter of 2018.

Since the beginning of the year, Ukrainian law enforcement officers have detained eight thieves in law, First Deputy Head of the National Police of Ukraine Vyacheslav Abroskin said during a meeting on the results of police work in the first quarter of 2018.

The meeting tackled the results of police work aimed at countering organized crime and challenging issues that arise when bringing scofflaw to justice.

"Criminal underworld tries to influence the criminal lay-of-the-land in the regions of our country. The evaluation of our work on the elimination of organized crime is real prison terms for members of these groups and criminal organizations," noted Vyacheslav Abroskin.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian law enforcers are experiencing certain problems with prosecuting thieves in law. In May 2016, the Verkhovna Rada blocked a bill that criminalizes thieves in law modeled after Georgia, in the criminal code of which Membership in the Thieves' Community article appeared in 2005. Currently, the legislation of Ukraine allows only forcibly deportation of such persons from the country, if they are not citizens of the country.

As reported by, the police regularly detain criminals, but in due course they are freed. An example is a story of thief in law Georgy Lobzhanidze, nicknamed Kutsu, whose capture Abroskin reported on his Facebook page on March 29. However, Kutsu is a citizen of Ukraine, and every time he is questioned, he is released afterwards. According to the calculations of journalists, for the last 5 years Kutsu was detained at least three times. The media outlet notes that it was for this that the media even dubbed the fight of Abroskin with thieves in law "Discovery fishing": "caught, boasted and released".

Indeed, Ukraine's law enforcers report on detentions and deportations of thieves in law and criminal authorities outside Ukraine almost every week. On April 14, it became known that Georgian crime lord Irakly Kuchilava (Irakli Khutu) was kicked out. At the end of March, thief in law Ramaz Tsikoridze, known as Ramaz Bagdadsky, was detained in the suburbs of Kiev, and a week before his arrest the capital itself saw 26-year-old thief in law Giga Petriashvili, 26, known as Professor, being arrested for the second time in the last six months. He was deported to Istanbul again, where he was already sent in September 2017 with a ban on entry for 3 years. Earlier, in March and February, several crime bosses were expelled from the country, among whom were Polikarp Dzhanelidze (Poli), Georgy Modebadze (Gega Ozurgetsky) and Sumbat Abasov nicknamed Sumbat Tbilissky.

It is worth noting that the Deputy Head of the National Police at the same meeting highlighted the importance of law enforcers' opposition to organized groups, formed on an ethnic basis, which, according to Abroskin, try to influence the criminal situation in the country from the inside.

The Deputy Head of the National Police also reported on the disclosure of 96 criminal groups and criminal organizations in three months of the current year, noting that during the same period last year, 55 criminal communities were revealed. 140 of their participants were brought to justice, which is 50 more year-on-year. Among them are 39 organizers and 101 executors, who are reasonably suspected of committing 242 grave and especially grave crimes, Abroskin said. At the same time, the pace of trying criminal cases of police by courts is far from great. According to Abroskin, only 35% of criminal cases have been reviewed by courts since 2014.



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