US indicts Razhden Shulaya’s gang for contract killings and stealing 4.5 tons of chocolate
The gang of the thief in law that consisted mainly of men from Georgia, Ukraine and Russia had extensive ties in post-Soviet states, according to the American authorities.
The US Department of Justice published a detailed report on the liquidation of an unprecedentedly wide organized criminal community of immigrants from the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Earlier reports came that a special operation of the New York Police Department exposed 33 Russian mafia bosses with the thief in law Razhden Shulaya as the gang leader. In the criminal world Razhden is nicknamed Razhden Pitersky, Roma and Brat (Brother).
23 suspects have been taken into custody so far. US Justice Department has listed the names of all the detainees in a press release.
Apart from the gang leader Radzhen Shulaya and his right-hand man Zurab Janashvili, they are: Akaky Ubilava (Ako), Gamlet Uglava, Mikhail Toradze, Nazo Gaprindashvili (Anna), Arthur Vinokurov (Ryzhy), Yevgeny Melman, Zurab Buziashvili, Georgy Lomishvili, Azer Arslanuk, Ivan Afanasyev (Vanya), Diego Gabisonia, Levan Makashvili, Vache Nuvkhannisyan, Andrei Petrukhin, Bakai Marat-Ulu, Avtandil Khursidze, Avtandil Kanadashvili, Denis Davydov, Yuri Lerner, Alex Mitselmakher (Globus), Alex Fishman, Stephen Fishman, Konstantin Melnik, Nikoloz Dzhikia and Sergei Gindinov.
Five other members of the criminal syndicate remain to be detained; so far they have been wanted: Mamuka Chaganava, Semyon Saraidarov (Sammy), Irakli Kereselidze, Georgy Lomishvili and Denis Savgir. Another one, Timur Suyunov, is already serving his time in a federal prison for a different crime.
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said that the gang had operated in several states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and Nevada.
Joon H. Kim
All of them have been charged with a number of crimes: cigarette smuggling, the theft of cargo shipments containing over 10,000 pounds of chocolate, drug possession, racketeering, sale of stolen things and bribery, organizing illegal gambling games, storage and sale of weapons, looting, drug trafficking and murder-for-hire conspiracy.
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Razhden Shulaya, 40, is a Georgian thief in law, who was thief-crowned at the age of 36 at a Cyprus meeting in May 2013. Other criminals that got their crowns that day are Dato Krasnodarsky (later discrowned), Bondo Kazakhstansky, Goga Kutaissky, Ilo Kaliningradsky and Artem Saratovsky. Those who approved the "coronation" were Antik, Koka, Matevich, Givi Tbilissky, Merab Sukhumsky, Tsripa Kutaissky, Robinson, Takhi, Osetrina and some others. According to the investigation, the criminal syndicate is involved in the organization of illegal poker clubs in the New York area where immigrants from the post-Soviet states live and in a fraud on casino slot machines using electronic hacking devices in Atlantic City (New Jersey) and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania).
According to the US law enforcement agencies, thief in law Razhden Shulaya was the person that created the criminal enterprise accused of a number of crimes. Shulaya has been living in New Jersey lately, and the other mobsters resided mainly in New York's Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.
The district attorney also mentioned the extensive ties Shulaya had in the underworld that contributed to establishing strong links with the criminals of post-Soviet countries like Georgia, Ukraine and Russia.
Most of the gang members were born in the Soviet Union, traveled regularly to its former states and contacted individuals associated with criminal activity of the gang, the US Justice Department said.
After the trial, all members of Razhden Pitersky’s gang are facing from 3 to 40 years of imprisonment depending on the role of each mobster in the crimes committed, as well as monetary fines of up to $250.000.