Vors may start new power struggle after first vetting in many years 

Vors may start new power struggle after first vetting in many years
Vazha Tbilissky

Vazha Tbilissky has challenged Shakro Molodoy and his confidants.

The fact that Vazha Biganishvili (Vazha Tbilissky) violated the moratorium of Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) to hold new vettings may trigger the entire underworld.

To recall, in late November, it was reported that a new vor — a certain Soso Goiysky aka Sokrat — had been crowned on Cyprus on the initiative of Biganishvili. The ‘thieves’ family’ had not welcomed new members since 2014, when the ban of Shakro Molodoy, who had just returned from Spain, was in force. 

Shakro Molodoy

Shakro Molodoy

He thus wanted to stop the enmity between the thief clans, who continually ‘vetted’ the crime lords loyal to them, while their ‘thief status’ was not automatically recognized by their opponents. Kalashov’s ban was not violated even when he was in prison — in March, the vor was sentenced to 9 years and 10 months in a colony for extortion. No one in the criminal underground dared to go against the will of ‘thief number 1’, but everyone were eager to know who would be the first to take on such responsibility.

At the same time, previously, 62-year-old Vazha Tbilissky, despite his reputation of a respected, strong and judicious person, was not even considered the successor to Kalashov. Especially since in the wars between the thieves’ clans, Biganishvili always adhered to neutrality, so it is difficult to reproach him in the pursuit of certain vested interests in the perfect act.

Nevertheless, he has already provoked a backlash of indignation - first of all, from Kalashov's comrades based in Moscow, namely, vor Kakhaber Parpaliya (Kakha Galsky), Guram Chikhladze (Kvezhoevich), and Badri Koguashvili (Badri Kutaissky). When presenting their position, they refer to the decision of Shakro, but none of them have expressed their disapproval to Vazha in person.

Kakhaber Parpaliya

Kakhaber Parpaliya 

Anticipating discontent, Biganishvili explained his actions by the fact that empowering worthy thieves is the direct responsibility of every vor, and this process cannot be stopped for a minute. According to him, only ‘cops’ can support the termination of further vettings. He added that although Parpaliya thought he was unsinkable (hinting at siloviki’s support and immunity before them), that did not mean that he was not safe from thieves.

It seems that, despite the choice of the country’s new ‘vor No. 1’ in the person of Oleg Shishkanov (Shishkan), the former calm that developed under Kalashov’s rule comes to an end.

Especially since other irreconcilable opponents of Shakro Molodoy’s heirs are not dormant. For example, Eduard Asatryan (Osetrina, Edik Tbilissky) does not cease to demonstrate his ambitions. Today, he is waging a war on two fronts; with Kakha Galsky in Moscow and with kingpin Nodari Asoyan (Nodar Rustavsky) in Rostov-on-Don, which can also correct further relations in the thieves' world.

Eduard Asatryan and his son

Eduard Asatryan and his son 

The past year was very intense. Lasha Shushanashvili (Lasha Rustavsky), who was detained in spring as a result of a large police operation Caucase Normandie, faces a new prison term in Greece. He is charged with leadership of an international crime community.

In May, the Oktyabrsky Court of Minsk sentenced the leader of Mingrelian thieves’ clan — 44-year-old Gela Kardava (Gela Galsky) — to three years in prison for repeated use of forged documents. On May 25, vor Badri Koguashvili (Badri Kutaissky), who was not ‘broken’ after serving his time in a ‘red’ prison, was released from the correctional camp No. 31 of Krasnoyarsk after seven years’ imprisonment.

Badri Koguashvili (Badri Kutaissky)

Badri Koguashvili   

Another high-profile occasion was the arrest of 36-year-old thief in law Khadzhibaba Talybkhanly (Khadzhi Beylagansky), who, the investigation believes, shot Ilgar Aliev (Ilgar Danabash) on Presnensky Val in Moscow in April 2012. Khadzhibaba was a sidekick of Aslan Usoyan (Ded Hasan) and a staff killer of Rovshan Dzhaniev’s (Rovshan Lenkoransky) clan.

And of course, 2018 was neither a good year in terms of losses. April 8, 59-year-old vor Gayoz Zviadadze (Giya Kutaissky) was killed in Turkey. One of the versions is that the crime could have been a result of his conflict with Nodar Rustavsky for influence in the Rostov region. September 6, 67-year-old influential Georgian thief in law Revaz Bukhnikashvili (Petso) died of cancer in Turkey. September 22, in a cell of the IK-11 (Nyrob village, Cherdynsky district, Perm region), the body of vor Vladimir Vagin (Vagon) was discovered. It is still not clear what happened there — according to the Federal Penitentiary Service, Vagon committed suicide, but the lawyers of the deceased say he had received threats.  

Tariel Oniani (Taro)

Tariel Oniani (Taro) 

The release of Tariel Oniani (Taro) — the main enemy of Ded Hasan, and thus, of all his followers, who comprise the thieves’ elite — may be the next year’s highlight. At the same time, Taro has many supporters from among vors and is not inferior to its influential opponents in terms of his authority. It is possible that the remaining participants in the clan confrontation will have to answer to Taro for their past deeds.

In addition, Akhmed Dombaev (Shalinsky), who may lead the Chechen criminal diaspora and in whom thieves have great hope, will be released in 2019.

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