Ural siloviki clean Yekaterinburg of thieves in law before 2018 World Cup

Ural siloviki clean Yekaterinburg of thieves in law before 2018 World Cup
Avtandil Kobeshavidze

Law enforcement officers have been instructed to reinforce the administrative supervision.

The siloviki are cleaning Yekaterinburg of thieves in law and other criminals for the World Cup, which will be held in the city between June 14 and July 15, 2018.

Despite there is still a little over a year before the championship, law enforcement officers have already received instructions to reinforce the administrative supervision, reported URA.RU citing unnamed sources. The policemen are chiefly interested in those who have recently been released from prison, repeat offenders, as well as citizens with a number of serious prior convictions. In particular, the siloviki do not let thieves in law settle in the city. For instance, when Avantandil Kobeshavidze (Avto) was released from prison in Kopeysk in January 2016, he was strictly forbidden to show up in Yekaterinburg. However, Avto had some business in the city and therefore has been seeking an opportunity to penetrate the Urals capital, according to sources.

Other ex-convicts have also become the focus of the police’s attention. Any offence a supervised person commits is treated as a violation of the regime.

"And after two or three violations the police go to court and replace the supervision for half a year of the colony. Cases like this are becoming more and more frequent," a law enforcement source said.

It seems that the police are copying the pattern they were using before and during the 2009 SCO summit in Yekaterinburg. At that time they also intensified their work with criminals and mafia bosses, trying to get them to leave the place. Therefore, now the criminal community is proposed two options: either leaving the Urals capital or going to jail.

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