Vors alarmed by Putin’s initiative: ‘careers’ of Petrik, Shishkan, Aksen, Misha Luzhnetsky, and Tyurik in jeopardy  

Vors alarmed by Putin’s initiative: ‘careers’ of Petrik, Shishkan, Aksen, Misha Luzhnetsky, and Tyurik in jeopardy
Third left to right: Gavriil Yushvaev (Garik Makhachkala); forth: Aleksey Suvorov (Petrik), sixth: Oleg Shishkanov (Shishkan)

Previously, the President offered to imprison those who have a thief’s status for 15 years.

The recent initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin has shaken up the ‘thieves’ community.’

To recall, last week, Putin introduced a bill providing for a separate criminal punishment for leaders of organized criminal groups (OCGs), as well as for participants in ‘gatherings’, leaders or other representatives of such organizations. If the bill is approved by parliamentarians, the participants in the gatherings of organized criminal group representatives will face punishment of imprisonment for a term of 12 to 20 years, and those occupying a higher position in the criminal hierarchy face from 8 to 15 years in prison.

Some sources say the preparation of this bill involved experts of the profile department of the MIA General Administration of Criminal Investigation, which demonstrated the seriousness of intention.

In turn, vors (thieves in law) are already discussing what this could mean – the real desire of the authorities to destroy vors as a class and completely change the prison structure, or an attempt to redistribute criminal assets in favor of new, more ‘effective’ owners.

Захарий Калашов (Шакро Молодой)

Russia’s No.1 vor, Shakro Molodoy

Especially since the state has already taken steps to ‘dismantle’ it throughout the existence of the ‘thieves in law’s institution’. For example, it concerns the toughening of punishment in the post-war period (40s), when offenders were sentenced to 10 years instead of 1 year for theft; for certain types of crimes, the punishment was 25. The death penalty was abolished, which marked the beginning of the so-called ‘Bitch Wars’ between the vors, who adhered to the tradition, and those who broke with it. It is noteworthy that despite the support of the camp administration, ‘bitches’ lost that war, although the number of vors decreased from a few thousand to dozens. Under Khrushchev, thieves were tried for gatherings. There was a special prison for vors.

With that, in those years, the thieves’ ideology was not widely spread beyond correctional facilities - unlike it is spread at the present time. One of the pure examples is Georgian experience when - during Saakashvili’s years - one could be sent to a colony for 8 years only for avowing himself a ‘thief in law’. Later, the law became even harder, and membership in a ‘thieves in law’ community meant 5 to 8 years in a colony with the maximum term for a ‘thief’ being 10 years.

Михаил Саакашвили

Mikhail Saakashvili

Soon after the law came into effect, about 50 ‘thieves in law’ found themselves behind bars in Georgia, however we can’t consider it a victory even years after. There’s only one ‘thief’ who refused the title on his own will - Platon Mamardashvili (aka Paata); another one - Aleksander Kurasbediani (aka Tsripa) - was deprived of his title by his ‘colleagues’. Natives of Georgia still constitute a majority of all ‘thieves in law’.

Under the amnesty proclaimed after Saakashvili’s resignation, all ’thieves in law’ were released gradually; now, there’s only one ‘thief’ who’s serving his sentence in Georgia.

Nevertheless, authorities managed to boot them out of the country. During this time, they settle on Turkey, Greece, Italy, France. Over the last few years, they have been heading to Ukraine.

As for Russia, about 70 - out of 400 active - ’thieves in law’ legally live in our country. The most prominent representatives are accumulated in Moscow, St.Petersburg and Krasnodar regions. It seems that they are going to be the ones to start the upcoming war. Slavic ‘thieve’ generals - Petrick, Shishkan, Aksen, Misha Luzhnetsky and Tyurik - who had early been ‘untouchable’ found themselves at risk. They are associated with organized crime groups Mazutinskiye, Ramenskiye, Izmaylovskiye, Lipetskiye and Bratskiye. According to insider information, leaders of Russia’s major crime conglomerates may - along with them - become objects of application of the new law.



As evidence of belonging to a “higher position in the hierarchy,” such signs as arbitration, the collection and distribution of the common fund, the appointment of mafia enforcers and alpha dogs can be used. Several testimonies, including given in the framework of the transaction with the investigation, would suffice for the accusation. At the same time, there is a loophole in the legislation for new ‘bitches’ who can improve their position if they give the names and secret addresses of the accomplices.

Emigration is the most suitable option to maintain one’s status and not to go to prison. However, not everyone can afford it: someone is on the international wanted list, others - because of deep hostility with foreign competitors.

At the same time, it is possible to agree on a new model of behavior in relations with the authorities only at a common gathering of all vors. But, firstly, the representatives of the warring clans will hardly sit at the same negotiating table, and secondly, not all vors fear for their future. Therefore, possible courtesies of the Russian thieves in law may be misunderstood abroad.

However, what is proposed to oppose the ‘thieves’ way of life in colonies? Since, in addition to the ‘black’ and ‘red’ ones in Russian prisons, the so-called ‘green,’ represented by the convicts professing the radical trends of Islam, is gaining momentum.


Convicts during prayer

And if in the Soviet Union and in the first years after its collapse there was no contingent in the colonies more distant from the ‘thieves’ than the people from the North Caucasus professing Islam, today the majority of mafia enforcers are their representatives. It is possible that in the coming years, internal control over places of detention will be completely taken over by them. If today mafia enforcers in general remain independent from the prison administration, in the future they can essentially become its structural division.





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