Vasya Bandit collared near Moscow

Vasya Bandit collared near Moscow
Shurik Zakhar and Vasya Bandit, 1994

Law enforcement officers did not even have to look for the thief in law aged 52.

Thief Igor Kokunov, nicknamed Vasya Bandit, was arrested yesterday in Podolsk, after having been under surveillance for some time. According to reports, law enforcement officers did not even have to look for the thief in law aged 52 as he came to report himself. He had to do this regularly being under surveillance after he was released from prison, where he had spent 7 years for extortion. By the way, the thief’s detention was associated with another incident of extortion.

We know that the Criminal Investigation Department of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs arrested the thief. Kokunov is now awaiting trial.

Last time Vasya Bandit’s name was mentioned in the criminal press in connection with the arrest at a birthday party of another influential thief in law. Aleksandr Zakharov (or Shura Zakhar) had his 64th birthday on December 1, 2015. Aside from Vasya Bandit, Valery Klemin aka Lerik was one of the guests at the party. The measures taken that day were merely preventive ones so none of the thieves in law was detained.

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