“You can be a thief in law only in Russia”: authorities give crime lords time and opportunity to leave country, but nobody uses it

“You can be a thief in law only in Russia”: authorities give crime lords time and opportunity to leave country, but nobody uses it

The source denied rumors of a mass departure of thieves in law after the adoption of the law on punishment for possession of this title.

Thieves in law do not seek to leave Russia after the adoption of the law on punishment for possession of this title, despite the fact that the authorities give them time and the opportunity to leave, a source told Ura.ru.

“I don’t have any information that thieves leave Russia,” the source said, noting that crime bosses are given time and opportunity to leave, but so far no one has taken advantage of this opportunity.

“Generally speaking, one can only be a thief in Russia. Thieves is a purely Russian phenomenon, and their existence outside Russia deprives them of ideological and energetic nourishment," he added.

The source also said that some of the thieves in law visited Israel allegedly for registration of citizenship, but all those who went there had returned. According to him, the main thing for which civil strife is ongoing in the thieves' world is control over Russia.

The source noted that in some regions crime bosses can be held accountable under the new law, and for regional law enforcement officers this is “a good opportunity to show off.” According to him, thieves who are now in places of detention are most vulnerable to new laws, since it is easiest to gather operational material on them. “The administration has additional leverage on thieves,” the source said.

According to him, the authorities do not have the political will to exterminate the crime bosses as a phenomenon. The source believes that the new law is directed not so much against crime bosses as against an economic-oriented criminal groups (economic failure to pay taxes, embezzlement from the budget, corruption, fraud, abuse of official position). “Economically, thieves do not pose a threat to the state. The damage they cause to the country and its population is insignificant, especially compared to those who steal billions from the treasury,” he said.

Security forces are currently equally well in control of the situation in the criminal world in all regions of Russia. At the same time, law enforcement officers do not interfere in the “corporate affairs” of the crime bosses. According to the source, the issues that are resolved at thieves' meetings do not overlap in any way with the interests of the siloviki and do not threaten the security of the state."

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