World middleweight champion Avtandil Khurtsidze stabbed in Brooklyn jail along with the kingpin

World middleweight champion Avtandil Khurtsidze stabbed in Brooklyn jail along with the kingpin
Avtandil Khurtsidze and Razhden Shulaya

The CrimeRussia has learned the details of the incident that happened in the MDC Brooklyn and resulted in injuries and stab wounds of the thief in law Razhden Shulaya and the former WBO’s world middleweight champion Avtandil Khurtsidze.

The stabbing rampage in the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, where those on trial for "Razhden Shulaya’s criminal syndicate" are kept, occurred over three weeks ago, Razhden Shulaya’s interpreter in the federal court of Manhattan told the CrimeRussia.

No one knows what caused the incident, but it stemmed from a conflict during a walk between Razhden Shulaya and one of the leaders of the Latin American prison gang. After the verbal dispute between them escalated into a fight, the ex-champion Avtandil Khurtsidze (Chakucha), who is believed to have been in charge of the syndicate’s force department, came to the aid of the thief in law.

The source reports that the Latin Americans outnumbered their rivals and used cold weapons against the Georgians. After the MDC administration intervened, the mass brawl was discontinued; Shulaya and Avtandil Khurtsidze were hospitalized with multiple hematomas and stab wounds. According to CrimeRussia’s source, Khurtsidze suffered the most: they stabbed him in the face.

Khurtsidze and Shulaya were given medical assistance and placed in a punishment cell, the source said. The press does not know whether the attackers were punished.

The case about the criminal syndicate of the thief in law Razhden Shulaya has become one of the biggest US trials against the Russian mafia for the past 3 years.

The large criminal group of immigrants from the Post-Soviet states was liquidated in the United States in June 2017 in a joint operation of the FBI, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as the police of New York and other cities. 27 people were arrested in several states; among them two famous Georgian athletes: boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze and MMA fighter Levan Makashvili; a few others were put on the wanted list.

Most of the detainees have agreed to cooperate with the investigation, including Shulaya’s right-hand man, Zurab Dzhanashvili. Many of them are already at large, the rest are awaiting judicial verdicts. Shulaya and Khurtsidze are in the Brooklyn prison and plead not guilty.

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