Archive for November 19th, 2017


The Vory (again) – Another day, and more arrests in Odessa

November 19, 2017

Despite a professional history relating to combating criminality – organised or otherwise – the blog over the many years it has been running has tried not to become centered on organised crime, its policing, and policies that surround it.

In fact there has been a very deliberate effort to make mention of it infrequently, so as not to bore a reader with a single topic  Variety is the spice of life and all that.

However, over the past two years in particular, hardly two consecutive weeks appear to pass in Odessa without the Vory/Thieves-in-Law and/or other organised criminality managing to get themselves into the local or national media.

Memory is fickle, but it is hard to recollect a time this century when the Vory were so often in the local news.

And so it comes to pass that 19th November witnessed yet another Vory related incident in the city – the Thief-in-Law/Vor who ran the group arrested is in fact dead.  Rovshan Dzhaniev aka Rovshan Lankaransky was assassinated in Istanbul on 18th August 2016.

The late Mr Rovshan Lankaransky had a very interesting curriculum vitae.  His early life of crime, incarcerations (never spending more than 3 years in jail for a crime – including shooting a witness in a courtroom) and on one occasion psychiatric internment began in Azerbaijan in the 1990s.

He was “crowned” by (the also assassinated) Mirejmur Abdullayev,.  Through a fortuitous chain of events that saw leading Azeri Vory Hikmet Mukhtarov aka Hikmet Sabirabadsky and Chingiz Akhundov also assassinated in the mid-naughties, and the jailing of Bahish Aliyev aka “Vaha” and Vagif Suleymanov aka Vagif, the late Mr Lenkoransky swiftly became an authoritative Vor.

If not on the pedestal of Aslan Usoyan aka Ded Hasan, he was at a level of Bahish Aliyev aka Vakha, Nadir Salifov aka Lot Gulu, and Yusif Aliyev aka Yuska Shamkirsky. among the Azeri Vory.  Ergo, he was by no means the jester within the court of the “crowned” Azeri.

He was also know to cooperate with the Georgian Vory, in particular the brothers Jemal aka Jemo, and Mamuka Mikeladze.

Quite who assassinated Mr Lankaransky in Istanbul last year remains unknown – but by then he had fallen out with some of the leading Azeri Vory and some of their Chechen associates.

As stated, these latest (and undoubtedly not the last) Vory arrests relate to those that were/are part of the Lankaransky group.

The arrests are related to a shooting in Arcadia in the Spring of 2017, when two men where shot in the stomach while sat in their car – but despite grievous injury survived.

Of the five individuals active in Odessa for Mr Lankaransky, two have now been arrested – a 30 year old make from Dagestan and a 31 year old local.  To complete this ensemble, the other members are a 38-year-old citizen of Armenia, a 29-year-old Georgian and a 29-year-old native of Moldova – Odessa has always been cosmopolitan and mercantile after all.

Needless to say at the time the two were arrested they were found in possession of several firearms, numerous mobile phones and were driving two foreign registered vehicles.

The courts have remanded these two suspects – and naturally it is unlikely they will stay on remand very long.

The courts have also offered bail of UAH 58,000 for the Odessa man, and UAH 128,000 for the citizen of Dagestan – approximately $2200 and $4800 respectively.

Which self-respecting organised criminal group cannot raise $7000 to free two of their creed – particularly one associated with the authoritative, if recently assassinated, Rovshan Lankaransky?

A forceful judicial message is hardly being sent to the increasing number of Vory and their underlings arriving in Odessa.

When bail is made, who will be surprised when these men “vanish” until their next run in with the law?  How many people will be subjected to their criminality during that time?  How many more will be shot?

How many more Vory will be encouraged to try their hand in Odessa with such feeble judicial rulings?

The rule of law (if not necessarily law enforcement itself) is on life-support.

How much longer can the blog continue its current policy of infrequently writing about organised criminality?

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