Vor Gagik Rostovsky dies in Rostov-on-Don
He had been very sick lately.
Last night, the former thief in law (vor) Gagik Asaturiyn, aka Gagik (Gago) Rostovsky, passed away at his home in Rostov-on-Don. He had undergone two surgeries.
A native of Tbilisi, Gagik Asaturyan was vetted in 1980, at the age of 20. Back in the Soviet time, he moved to one of the criminal landmarks of the USSR, the infamous Rostov Papa, hence his nickname, Rostovsky. The vor had five priors; the first three verdicts were delivered for thefts by Tbilisi courts. Then, more than twenty years later, in 2009, he was captured in Moscow for drug storage and was sentenced to 6 years in jail. His fifth conviction was for the same crime. Aksai court of the Rostov region jailed him for 3 months in July of this year.
By the way, his appearance in Moscow was associated with a conflict with fellow mafiosi: Armen Kanevskoy and Nodar Rustavsky, which resulted Asaturyan losing his title in 2005. He still considered himself a vor, however, and was respected by those around him. After Armen’s death and the news about Nodar’s army past, Asaturyan returned to the Rostov region for good.
The former thief in law will be buried in the Northern Cemetery of the city.