US court sentences mob Razhden Pitersky to 45 years’ imprisonment

US court sentences mob Razhden Pitersky to 45 years’ imprisonment
Razhden Shulai

He was found guilty of abduction, fraud, extortion, money laundering and links to organized criminal groups.

Judge Loretta Presca sentenced mob Razhden Shulai (Razhden Pitersky) to 45 years in prison. Kommersant cites the report on the website of the Prosecutor's Office of the Southern District of New York.

Also, the court confiscated property worth more than 2.16 million dollars and ordered to pay another 550 thousand dollars compensation for the damage. Also, after being released from prison, he will be under special police supervision for three years. By that time he will be 86 years old, he is unlikely to want to commit any new crimes.

Razhden Shulai was detained in June 2017 during a large-scale operation of the FBI and the prosecutor's office of New York. The thief in law was arrested in his own home, located on the banks of the Hudson River in New Jersey. In New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and Nevada, more than thirty representatives of the Russian mafia headed by Shulai were detected. Most of the participants of the organized criminal group were detained, five are wanted.

According to the US attorney’s office, Razhden Pitersky’s gang was involved in some crimes, from cigarette smuggling, bank card fraud (skimming) and cargo theft to racketeering, drug and arms trafficking and murder.

The verdict to the mob could have been passed last week, but his case was postponed indefinitely. However, in spite of a large number of materials the judge review the documents in a short time.  

It was reported that federal Manhattan prosecutor Jeffrey Berman sent a new judge, Lorette Presque, to Sentencing Submission, which describes Shulai as the leader of a large and dangerous criminal syndicate who deserves 25 years in prison. In particular, he explains to her the term ‘thief in law.’ This Russian phrase, according to the prosecutor, means “the crime lord,” which can be compared to the “Godfather” in the Italian mafia.

Earlier, a jury recognized thief in law Razhden Shulai and one of his assistants - titled boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze - guilty of criminal conspiracy, extortion, theft, marketing of stolen goods and fraud. The charges ranged from 20 to 65 years in prison.

In September of this year, the ex-world boxing champion in the middleweight category according to the WBO and 2011 IBO world champion, Khurtsidze, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Federal District Court in Manhattan.

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