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Law enforcers serving Grandpa Khassan

Grandpa Khassan was quick to react to the decoronation of Lasha Shushanashvili, a close associate of his. Lasha and Yuri Pichugin (nicknamed Pichuga), another friend of Usoyan, were deprived of their criminal rank by Taro and thieves in law sympathetic to him at a meeting on April 10, 2008. The event was unexpectedly attended by a once loyal ally of Yaponchik and Usoyan, criminal general Aleksander Bohr (a.k.a. Timokha). During his stay in the U.S.A. and Europe, he became friends with Oniani, and during the conflict Timokha gave preference to Taro.

On April 13 Grandpa Khassan, Ivankov, Lasha, and a dozen of other kingpins held a gathering of their own. During the meeting they deprived Taro, Merab Dzhangveladze, and Timokha of the status of thieves in law. However, such actions did not have much bearing on the underworld. Even prior to the decoronation, Usoyan’s gang had treated those decoronated as enemies. A similar situation was in the camp of the Taro.  Kingpins that remained neutral preferred to ignore the decisions made during the two gatherings and to treat the decoronated as thieves in law.

In summer 2008 Tariel Oniani decided to hold a big event that could have given him a strategic advantage over Grandpa Khassan. Taro convened more than 100 thieves in law at a meeting in a rented ship plying the Pirogovskoye reservoir in Moscow region. As a kind of arbitrator, Oniani invited Vyacheslav Ivankov. As Taro explained later, during the mafia congress he planned to announce that more Slavic criminal bosses should be coronated as thieves in law. Thus, he wanted to do something nice for Yaponchik, showing that Oniani did not like the predominance of immigrants from Georgia, now constituting 80% of the elite of the underworld. Clearly, Taro was going to condemn the behavior of Lasha and Grandpa Khassan. However, Ivankov ignored the event.

Only 36 kingpins came to the reservoir. Among them the most famous were Roland Gekechkori (a.k.a. Shlyapa), Dzhemal Khachidze, Merab Dzhangveladze, Ramaz Dzneladze (Ramaz), Ahmed Yevloyev (a.k.a. Sutuly), Georgy Managadze (Gia from Kutaisi), David Pahuridze (Minago) , Anzor Khutsishvili, Dzhondo Esebua (Johnny), Aleksander Bohr. On July 8 the boat sailed off. But soon the ship was seized by the Central Federal District GU MVD operatives, who for that purpose had to use boats and a helicopter. All participants of the gathering were detained, although most of them were released the next day.

8 July 2008. Pirogovskoye reservoir

Despite the temporary success, Lasha obviously felt out of place. For a long time he had not been involved in major clashes, preferring to do his business quietly, including business with the leader of the Solntsevskaya gang, Sergey Mikhailov. As a result, Shushanashvili could increasingly be seen heavily drunk in his office near metro station Belarusskaya, in a big downtown business centre owned by Lasha. Behaving like that he soon became more of a hindrance to Grandpa Khasan. In September 2008, at an opportune moment, Lasha was arrested by the Central Federal District GU MVD operatives. He was accused of illegal obtaining Russian citizenship and deported from the country, with a five-year ban on the entry. Shushanashvili settled in Greece at an influential thief in law Lavrenty Cholakidis (Leva Greek). It is noteworthy that Usoyan made no attempts to help Lasha stay in the Russian Federation. It was Mihas who used his connections to struggle for Shushanashvili. In summer 2009 he even managed to bring the thief in law back to Russia and to have (obviously, for a large bribe) the Federal Migration Service of Moscow grant him a temporary registration. This happened regardless of the fact that on February 2, 2009 Director of the FMS, Konstantin Romodanovsky, signed a decision about the undesirability of Shushanashvili’s stay in Russia as a person who "poses a real threat to the defense or state security or public order, in order to protect the constitutional order."

However, all these manipulations were soon discovered. Lasha chose to retire to Greece again. All court hearings in which he defended his right to remain a Russian citizen, were lost.

Meanwhile, Grandpa Khassan continued to strengthen his position by means of two favourite methods. The first was increasing coronation of supporters. Shortly after the expulsion of Lasha from Moscow, Usoyan and Ivankov held a gathering at a nightclub Chocolate, which belonged to Taivanchik. A total of 12 gangsters became thieves in law there. Among them there was Sergey Asatryan, a 23 year old son of Eduard Astaryan (a.k.a. Osetrina), an influential thief in law and a friend of Usoyan.

Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (a.k.a Taiwanchik or Little Taiwanese)

The event was a quite peculiar one. Grandpa Khassan, Yaponchik, and a number of candidates for coronation gathered in a large banquet hall. Other candidates for the title and some criminal generals (some of them were in jail and remand prison) communicated with those in the nightclub via speakerphone. For this purpose a special station for switching the line was installed in the hall.

The second method of Usoyan was ridding of unwanted people with the help of law enforcement agencies. A month after the gathering on Pirogovskoye reservoir failed, Ramaz Dzneladze (Ramaz), a thief in law, one of the leaders of Kutaisi clan and a close ally of Taro, was detained on drugs in Moscow. He was sentenced to two years in prison. While he was serving the sentence, thieves in law of Grandpa Khassan’s clan decoronated Ramaz, and Oniani was also put behind bars. When Dzneladze was released in October 2010, he began to actively defend the interests of Oniani in the underworld. However, he did not do it for long. In July 2011, CFD GU MVD employees again arrested Ramaz. Again over carrying drugs.

In July 2009 Georgy Managadze, who took part in the gathering on Pirogovskoye, was sent to jail. This thief in law, as it turned out, kept a Kalashnikov rifle in a rented house near Moscow.

Another mobster, who supported Taro and participated in the gathering on the ship, was arrested in February 2010. David Pahuridze, a 72-year-old influential thief in law, was accused of stealing ... a bottle of whiskey from a supermarket.


In March 2010 another supporter of Oniani was sidelined by the police. Detectives arrested Merab Gogia, who at one point of time sponsored Saakashvili together with Taro and was a co-owner of a Spanish route for money laundering. The pretext for his arrest was banal. One of the wealthiest representatives of the criminal world was carrying a sachet with 28 grams of hashish.


Many other thieves in law from the clan of Oniani were withdrawn from the game with the help of security forces. But none of the prominent supporters of Grandpa Khassan was caught with weapons or drugs. None, except, of course, thieves in law who could not seriously affect the balance of power in the criminal world. And except the arrest of Vladimir Tyurin.


A particularly amusing story happened to the family of Eduard Astatryan (Osetrina), a close associate of Usoyan. His son, Sergey, also a thief in law, who had never been in prison, began to behave arrogantly in Moscow. He drove a Bentley, was rude to investigators, and got involved in most business clashes. In short, by all means he was asking for trouble. On August 5, 2010 officers of the Criminal Investigation department of the Interior Ministry stopped a convoy of expensive foreign-made cars (mostly Bentley and Mercedes ones), in which Osetrina Jr. was driving to yet another clash. He was rude to operatives and tried to ram their cars. As a result, the thief in law and his companions were arrested. During a search the investigators found drugs and a gun. Sergey Asatryan was put in remand prison, until Kuntsevskaya interdistrict prosecutor's office intervened in the situation (which cost the criminals 5 million rubles). The interdistrict prosecutor's office ordered to release Osetrina Junior. Then due to the prosecutorial efforts the case was closed altogether.


Eduard Astaryan (a.k.a. Osetrina)

Most of Aslan Usoyan’s men are out of reach for Moscow police and MVD in CFD. The exception was only Lasha Shushanashvili. And even then, his expulsion from Russia at the time was favourable to Grandpa Khassan.

But in summer 2011 Osetrina Jr. got in trouble again. In Rostov-on-Don he ordered to beat up an inmate whom he did not like as he said too many bad things about the clan of Usoyan. All conversations of Sergey Asatryan were recorded and those he contracted for the beating testified against him. As a result, Rostov investigators initiated a case under Article 115 of the Criminal Code (deliberate infliction of bodily harm) and decided to arrest Osetrina, Jr. MVD in CFD officers who were to implement the decision, did not really want to do it. Almost for a week they tried to avoid such an uncomfortable task in every way possible. But they had no choice, and on July 22, 2011 law enforcers had to arrest Sergey Asatryan. The operation can serve an example on treating suspects for students of police higher education institutions. The officers apologized a dozen times before Osetrina Jr., addressed him with all respect, by name and patronymic, etc.


Thieves in Law put each other to Russian prisons, but kill each other in Europe

In the war with Oniani, Grandpa Khassan’s clan did not only use its administrative resources, but also actively destroyed financial instuments of their opponents. On November 17, 2008 in Moscow, two killers used machine guns to open fire at Gela Tsertsvadze. He was wounded in the chest, abdomen, and left thigh. Doctors saved him only by miracle. Gela became handicap for life, confined to a wheelchair. Tsertsvade’s role in the clan of Oniani is a big one. He is responsible for investments in business projects; he monitors controlled entities in terms of compliance with the interests of Taro and does the accounting of the co-called obshchak, that is, the criminal mutual support fund. Gela also performs various technical tasks for the clan of Oniani. When there was a gathering held at the Pirogovskoye reservoir, it was he who engaged leasing of the ship, greeted guests, etc.

Oniani was in no hurry with response fire. After the assassination attempt on Tsertsvadze and arrests of a number of close associates, he resumed talks with many influential thieves in law, aiming to win them over to his side, and only then to start a decisive attack on Usoyan. Taro once again held several conversations with Badri Koguashvili, but again faced his refusal. Badri had long disliked Grandpa Khassan, but he did not want to take the side of Taro.

At the end of May 2009 Oniani met in Moscow with Vyacheslav Ivankov. He again offered Yaponchik to at least be neutral in the conflict, if not to take his side. However, Ivankov’s answer was categorical. He said that he had already decided to support Grandpa Khassan and was not going to change his point of view. And two weeks after this conversation, Oniani was arrested by Moscow police.

Investigators became aware of the following situation. In 2009, two businessmen controlled by the clan of Oniani, namely Sergey Abutidze and Johnny Managadze, had a quarrel over money. Since both knew Taro personally, they addressed him and asked for help in the resolution of the conflict. Oniani judged in favour of Abutidze. Managadze was in no hurry to implement the decision of the thief in law. Then on March 18, 2009 Taro’s militants seized Johnny and brought him to the cafe Ryabinushka where Oniani was relaxing.

The guards of the criminal general beat up the offender and ordered him to pay $ 500 thousand including a penalty for disobedience. Soon, Johnny's wife brought half of the amount and he was let go. He also was persistent in his plans not to pay up the second part of the debt, but Taro’s people insisted. And then the FSB, whose staff tapped phones of Oniani and members of his clan, found out about this situation.

Counterintelligence caught Johnny, after which he immediately filed a claim against the kingpin. Otherwise, Managadze would have been put in jail. Once there is a man, it is easy to have a case against him. It was Moscow police and UFSB in Moscow and Moscow region who performed the arrest of Oniani. On June 10, 2009 he was seized in his own cottage, situated in the prestigious village of Gorki-2. A FSB colonel immediately tried to stand up for Taro, to whom he was the agency’s curator, but he had no success. Among the staff of the counter-intelligence agency there were more people sympathetic to Grandpa Khassan and many had a higher rank.

Taro's arrest

After the arrest, the FSB spent almost five hours talking with Oniani and explaining to him how wrong he was. Later, during the investigation, the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation held a formal interrogation of Taro in the framework of cases against Boris Berezovsky (concerning the poisoning of Aleksander Litvinenko, a former FSB officer) and Dmitry Baranovsky, former Solntsevskaya gang kingpin.

It quickly became clear that Oniani would not be released soon. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for kidnapping and extortion. Temporarily, Merab Dzhangveladze took the reins of power. In the criminal world he is considered one of the most hateful thieves in law. According to the gangsters, Merab does not look physically developed, but he wind up easy and fights desperately using all items available at hand. They say, he may even bite into the opponent's throat. He has the same position in life, that is, to cut the opponent's throat by any means.

The kingpin has a brother, Levon, who does business in Georgia and has a large team of killers and militants. In addition, Merab Dzhangveladze is an excellent strategist who knows exactly how to carry out a positional struggle in the criminal world. As a result, he worked out a strategy of war with Grandpa Khassan which looks perfect so far.

On July 28, 2009 Yaponchik was attacked in Moscow. On that day, the kingpin met at Thaisky Slon restaurant with the owner of the restaurant, Lenya from Assyria, a relative of his ex-wife. When the thief in law opened the door and started down the stairs, a shot rang out. The man was shot in the stomach. As it turned out, the sniper was shooting from a Gazelle car parked across the road, where he had prepared a position. In serious condition Ivankov was taken to hospital. He underwent several surgeries and was brought into medically induced coma. When it seemed that Yaponchik was recovering, he developed peritonitis which led to the thief in law’s death in October 2009.

Yaponchik 's funeral

Before the death of Ivankov, Grandpa Khassan and his people rang up a few dozen of thieves in law including those in prison. They reported the findings of internal investigations, namely that Oniani and Merab Dzhangveladze were behind Yaponchik’s assassination. As a result, 36 criminal generals signed a collective letter to the prisons (the so-called “malyava”) in which they instructed inmates to “act accordingly” if they met or were put in one cell with Tariel Oniani, who had been put in Matrosskaya Tishina prison. The thieves in law called Oniani a bastard and authorized “decent prisoners” to treat him in accordance with the laws of the underworld which he had betrayed.

The letter had signatures of Yaponchik, Grandpa Khassan, Lasha Rustavskoy, Yura Pichuga, Koba Rustavskoy, Kostya Gysi, and Shakro Jr., the presence of whose autograph is quite surprising.

Almost half of the authors of the message are Slavic thieves in law, including Lekha Zabava, Serega from Surgut, Andrey from St. Petersburg, Vasya Voskres, etc. However, almost all of them are proteges of Usoyan. According to the laws of the criminal world, a person whom thieves in law call names using swear words in a letter (like they did with Oniani), must be killed. In fact, Taro was thus sentenced to death.

Neither investigators, nor representatives of the criminal world know for sure who was behind the murder of Ivankov. There are several versions. Thus, several investigators tried to convince the authors of these lines that the attempt was organized by Grandpa Khassan. Yaponchik was trying to divide the business with Usoyan and had individual projects. If only Ivankov would find out that Oniani’s arrest was framed up by Grandpa Khassan, Ivankov would have been extremely displeased The killers, according to this version of the investigators, did not intend to kill the thief in law (the sniper could easily shoot him in the head), but were only to wound him and to anger their victim. Grandpa Khasan would explain to his friend who wanted to kill him and then Ivankov would head the struggle against Oniani’s clan. He would have been supported by the Slavic and neutrals thieves in law. They would have to, as the authority of Yaponchik was undeniable in the criminal world and was much higher than that of Usoyan.

At first everything went according to the plan. Taro was sentenced in the malyava. But all was messed up by the peritonitis developed by Yaponchik. Oleg Shishkanov and Aleksey Petrov, two extremely influential Slavic kingpins, arrived for the funeral of Ivankov. They questioned the involvement of Oniani in the assassination. So the plan collapsed completely.

Another version of the crimes was put forward before Rumafia by reputable businessmen from Solntsevo. According to them, Yaponchik had recently developed his own business. He was quite harsh in taking control of the batching plant and several construction markets in Moscow region. Former owners, Azerbaijani and Chechen influential criminals, did not like it.

Legend of the criminal world Vyacheslav Ivankov (alias: Yaponchik)

However, according to the main version of the attack on Ivankov, it was organized by Oniani’s clan. Indeed, shortly after the arrest of Taro in France, there was a gathering of prominent Kutaisi mobsters, including Merab Dzhangveladze, Irakli Kalichava, Vladimir Dzhanashia (Lado), and Malkhaz Kitija (Makhonya). They decided that Oniani’s clan would temporarily be led by Makhonya. According to Grandpa Khassan’s clan, that was when the gangsters decided to eliminate Yaponchik.

Oniani, who was in remand prison, told other thieves in law that he was upset with the death of Yaponchik and that he was sure that it was intelligence personnel, or the “red”, who were to blame. His words are a typical public version of the criminal world.

Clan of Grandpa Khassan did not care for such statements of Taro. Its members felt that after the murder of Yaponchik they were let off the leash. The response began to be developed in Greece where at the moment were Lasha Rustavi and Lavrenty Cholakidis (Leva Greek). Leva’s brother, a successful businessman, was well connected in law enforcement agencies in Greece. And Cholakidis supervises several teams of killers.

As a result, several contracted gunmen went to France and set out a real hunt for people from the clan of Oniani. Two militants, who arrived to eliminate Dzhangveladze, were arrested by local police. Other criminals broke into the cottage, where stayed Kalichava, Dzhanashia, and Kitiya and opened fire. The thieves in law managed to escape by jumping out of a second story window, but it did not help much. On March 20, 2010 Lado was shot in Marseille. On May 10 in Greece killers murdered Malkhaz Kitiya. On May 20 Cholakidis died from blood clot, and it was Rustavi Lasha who took over control of the gangs of killers.

As a result, Merabi and his surviving associates hid for some time. Grandpa Khassan’s clan started celebrating their victory. But as it turned later, there was more struggling to come.


The last battle of Grandpa Khassan?

Having believed that the clan of Oniani was defeated, Aslan Usoyan relaxed and focused his efforts on the conquest of new territories, particularly Ukraine. Previously he also was a frequent visitor to this country. Once he was met by Georgy Surkis, the president of the Football Federation of Ukraine, and travelled by Surkis’s private jet. In Ukraine Usoyan managed to win control over Illichivsky port, a number of shopping centres.

In 2008 businessman Shabab Aloyan decided to build a furniture centre 4room in Kiev. Grandpa Khassan was involved in the project. When the work was completed, Usoyan decided to get the whole centre instead of the agreed 25%, but was refused. On October 2, 2009 killers shot Aloyan and two security guards, employees of Ukrainian special services, right at the doorway of 4room. After that Usoyan stopped coming to the Ukraine for some time, preferring to send there his envoys: Oleg Mukha, Yuri Pichuga who is at the moment serving a sentence in Ukraine, Vasya Voskres, etc. When a new president was elected in the Ukraine, the situation demanded a personal visit of Grandpa Khassan. In April 2010 he flew to Kiev, was arrested and deported to Moscow.

After that Usoyan once again began sending his henchmen to the Ukraine. He preferred to go to more peaceful locations such as the south of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Abkhazia. On September 16 he returned to Moscow from a trip and drove a jeep to an apartment on Tverskaya Street (it is registered on Nodari Usoyan). Usoyan got out of the car and it drove away. A security guard opened the front door for the thief in law. At the doorway in the light coming from the inside Grandpa Khassan was a perfect target. A sniper opened fire from the opposite house. The bullet hit Usoyan in the back and exited through his stomach.

16 September 2010. Moscow, Tverskaya Street

It is noteworthy that at the moment when the killer shot Grandpa Khassan, on the other end of Moscow Dzhemal Mikeladze (Dzhemo) was holding a gathering of influential thieves in law. He supported Merab Dzhangveladze in the underworld war, which Usoyan did not like. A conflict arose between the criminal generals. As a result, Dzhemo began to look for accomplices in the underworld. In particular, on the day of the assassination attempt of Aslan Usoyan he had a meeting in one of the cafes on Bagratinovsky passage in Moscow. There he met with his brother Mamuka Mikeladze, a thief in law Gela Kardava, kingpins Yuri Yesin (Samosval), and Nicholay Botinkin (Botinok). They discussed the war between the clans of Usoyan and Taro.

The wound of Grandpa Khasan was not severe and he soon recovered. The thief in law locked himself in his suburban cottage guarded by 15 people. He had things to think over.

Usoyan did not know who was behind the assassination attempt, and, according to Rumafia, he still has not figured it out. He remembered the conflict between his curators from the FSB and other forces within the agency, and an unpleasant conversation with an official from the presidential administration of the Olympic Games in Sochi, and involvement in various commercial disputes with Yaponchik. He also remembered how independent Slavic thieves in law looked at him after the death of Ivankov. And, of course, conflicts with Dzhemo, Oniani, and Merab.

Merab Dzhangveladze

As a result, Usoyan formally accused Merab Dzhangveladze, not Taro, of the assassination attempt. In November Russian law enforcers found out that allegedly there was an attack on Merab in Moscow. According to the operational sources, killers broke into the cottage, which the thief in law secretly visited, but he managed to escape. However, there was no opportunity to check if it was true. The mafia boss did not file any claims to the police, naturally.

After the assassination attempt, Usoyan reduced to a minimum his contact with the outside world. Using thirty mobile phones he occasionally called the closest thieves in law and as for meetings, Grandpa Khassan sent there two henchmen on his behalf, namely Yuri Usoyan (Yura Lazarovsky) and Dmitri Chanturia (Miron) and loyal Eduard Asatryan. Usoyan was gaining strength for future battles. He did not succeed in restoring his former influence in the criminal world and he was losing one important battle after another.

In December 2010 Lasha from Rustavi became active again. He held a massive gathering in Greece where he summoned dozens of thieves in law, and was able to have gangsters from Tbilisi and independent ones from Kutaisi at the same table. The congress was attended by Aleksander Bohr, Badri Koguashvili, Georgy Uglava (Tahee), etc. Eduard Asatryan came to Greece as the representative of Grandpa Khassan. Dzhemo was also invited to the event, but he refused to come. Quickly and without problems the parties were able to resolve many issues that had been pending for years. At the meeting it became clear that influential thieves in law agree with each other much easier when there is no direct intervention from Usoyan and that kingpins did not want all those wars. It was only Grandpa Khassan, to whom they let deal with the competition and remain a boss of the bosses, who needed all those wars.

As a result, in December opposition to Usoyan began to grow. Badri Koguashvili began to unite neutral thieves in law, as a force capable to rise above Grandpa Khassan. This movement was joined by the leader of Slavic gangsters, Aleksey Petrov. Dzhemo also supported them. Until this spring, he clashed with Badri but for the sake of such a reason as bringing Grandpa Khassan to peace, Dzhemo and Badri met in March in the UAE and decided to forget their past. The thieves in law held conversations with the elders of the mafia, who already did not like Usoyan.

Second from left Badri Koguashvili

Shakro, who for some time was released from jail in Spain, was extremely dissatisfied with the results of the struggle for his empire. He laid part of the claims on Lasha, but they seem to have found a common language. But activities of Grandpa Khassan caused extreme dissatisfaction in Kalashov, to put it mildly. He denounced them, and also announced that Oniani continues to be a companion and a thief in law. Soon Shakro was again sent to prison to serve his sentence.

Merab Dzhangveladze soon joined the growing movement and held several meetings with Badri. And then he sent his brother Levon to the patriarch of the criminal world, the 85 year old thief in law Georgy Chikovani (Gogi), who lived in Georgia. This is the only thief in law in Georgia, who is not in prison. His decisions are accepted without question by other mafiosi. The Dzhangevladze brothers asked Chikovani to judge the situation around Tariel Oniani. And he took the side of the opposition to Grandpa Khassan.

As a result, a new malyava was written. It recognized Taro as a thief in law and imposed a moratorium on the coronation of Usoyan’s henchmen. Malyava was signed by dozens of thieves in law, including the elders of the criminal world like Georgy Chikovani, Amiran Ebralidze (Amiran from Lanchhutsk), and Gourman Chikaberidze (Chica). Under the message there were also signatures of Merab, Timokha, Dzhemal Khachidze, etc.

The authors of the letter promised serious trouble to those who would participate in the coronations of Usoyan’s people and also to those coronated. It is remarkable that the Slavic kingpins supported such a position of the old thieves in law. Konstantin Borisov, nicknamed Kostyl (Russian for “crutch”) spoke on their behalf. He did not sign the malyava, but he declared that the Slavs also did not like that a large number of Usoyan’s people had become thieves in law.

Malyava appeared before the gathering in the UAE, which had been planned by the clan of Grandpa Khassan along with expected coronation of his henchmen. Usoyan postponed the event, but giving it up altogether would mean showing his weakness. In May he convened a gathering in Moscow region, inviting such influential thieves in law as Mikhail Voevodin (Misha Luzhnetsky), Vladimir Zyatkov (Zyatek), and Vagif Suleymanov (Vagif), and crowned five gangsters, including a Slav named Oleg Pirogov nicknamed Tsirkach, a Chechen criminal boss Gelani Bilalov named Sedoy, and a Belarusian Aleksander Kushnerov (Kushnir). Thus, he violated the decision of the elders.

The united opposition did not recognize the results of the gathering. Usoyan’s clan claimed that the opposition had no tangible reasons other than personal conflicts. Supposedly the decision on the coronation of the five gangsters had been made at a meeting in Greece. New thieves in law declared personal vendetta to those who did not recognize them as criminal generals. In particular, Sedoy harboured a grudge against Dzhemo and Badri. Moreover, the Chechen mafia boss had very strong intentions.

In May Koguashvili convened a council of united clans to decide how to proceed in respect of Usoyan. In Moscow he met with Badri, Petrick, and Gela Tsertsvadze of Oniani’s clan. But this gathering, in accordance with an old tradition, was busted by Moscow police. They found Koguashvili carrying a sachet of drugs and sent him to jail.

On June 17 there came a response. Andrey Selvyan, deputy director of security agency SMERSH and a criminal boss, was shot in Moscow. He was a confidant of Usoyan, responsible for security of the thief in law and his relations with law enforcement agencies. In July Grandpa Khassan called Dzhemo and effectively declared the death sentence for him. Usoyan wanted to hold a massive gathering of supporters in the UAE, but his health did not let him. Recently the wound affected his health again and Grandpa Khassan was under the supervision of doctors from the Botkin Hospital.

At the moment all parties to the conflict gather strength and prepare for new battles. However, it is clear that the united opposition is united only before the common enemy like Grandpa Khassan. If they manage to remove him from the throne of boss of the bosses (and so far there is no clear evidence that it is possible), former partners will split up again and start wars with each other.

Thomas Petrov, Alexey Gordon, Rumafia.com



Kingpins in the FSB’s service

After Russian criminal boss Aslan Usoyan, known as Granda Khasan, killed his main rival Rudolf Oganov (Rudik) in 1999, the way to very top of Russian mafia was clear. His ascension was backed by Russian security services. In the USSR the KGB supervised criminal activities of the most influential mobsters. It was the way to influence criminal circles and receive inside information. The collapse of the Soviet Union brought about disorder in the work of domestic security services which resulted in the lost of control over criminal world. Moreover, certain former KGB officers joined the mobs. For instance, Grigory Gusyatinsky became a leader of the Orekhovskaya criminal group. Former counterespionage officer Aleksandr Novikov still belongs to the close circle of Sergey Mikhailov, head of the Solntsevskaya criminal group.

However the period when mobsters felt free to do what they wanted did mot last long. In 1994-1995 the FSB again took the leaders of the criminal world under control. All influential mobsters, including Vyacheslav Ivankov (Yaponchik), Aslan Usoyan, Tariel Oniani (Taro) and Rudolf Oganov, cooperated with security officers - to say nothing of such criminal bosses as Vladimir Tyurin and Zakhariy Kalashov. They were said to be secret agents. The joke went that they even held military ranks.

Rudolf Oganov (alias: Rudik)

At the beginning of the war between Rudik and Grandpa Khasan the FSB did not interfere in the situation. It made no difference to the FSB who would win - should both gangsters remain under control. Oganov and Usoyan consulted their supervisors in the FSB. But they refused to establish contact with the police.


Grandpa is fully kitted to rave it

Meanwhile, the government blamed the police for not preventing numerous contract killings, which took place almost every day. The country was plunging into menace - about 150 gangsters fell in the violent war between Rudik and Grandpa Khasan. And of course, it was organised crime control department that got it. In the second half of the 1990s this department managed to attract most experienced officers who had caught influential mobsters at the time when they had been minor pickpockets, muggers and illegal dealers of smuggled goods. Memories of that time did not bring pleasure to the mobsters. This was the reason why criminal bosses did not want to cooperate with the police officers.

The police had to plant drugs or weapons on Grandpa Khasan - that was the only way to establish contact with him - or to suspend him on murder charges. The practice still exists. In 1998 the police officers planted a bag of ecstasy powder on Grandpa Khasan (there was no other drug at hand). Mobsters said later: «Grandpa was ready to rave it». Anyway it was a good pretext to interrogate Usoyan. Usoyan said he wanted to crown large number of Slavic mobsters, because the Caucasians established the gang rule in Russia. He also advised Yaponchik should be brought back from America (where he was doing his term for extortion), because only Yaponchik could stop the violence of the Caucasians. Grandpa Khasan also asked the police not to drive away mafia assemblies, so that mobsters could themselves solve his conflict with Oganov. He did not promose to stop the war, but undertook to help to release presidential envoy Valentin Vlasov abducted by Chechen militants. Indeed Vlasov was released very soon.

It was the first time when the police established contact with Usoyan. But as soon as new people came to the organized crime control department, Grandpa Khasan stopped any cooperation with the police. Why would he need it? His close relatives became police officers. The Russian Mafia (rumafia.com) journalists knew a Boris Pashayev, an officer from the organized crime control department of Moscow police. He used to speak about his childhood in the Caucasus. As a young boy he climbed the mountains and collected WWII weaponry left by the Nazis. He also used to speak about his relative Aslan Usoyan. They met each other regularly. In the police Pashayev was responsible for detaining crime kingpins.

Boris Pashayev

Pashayev caught dozens of criminal bosses from the clans, «competing» with Usoyan’s clan. Pashayev had a safe packed with arms. He used these arms to plant it on crime bosses. Now this police officer has been put on the wanted list - he is accused of raping a witness of a criminal case. His photograph is posted on the MVD official site. Pashayev does not even hide. He lives in Georgia and works as a lawyer.


Crime boss contemplating state affairs in Russia

The police still practices arresting Usoyan for the purpose of interrogating him. He was detained in 2008 for the last time. It was time when conflict between him and Tariel Oniani emerged. He was arrested in Moscow on charges of a contract killing in the Krasnodar region. The police put him in an isolation ward for 2 days and interrogated him. Later on, the FSB always interfered when the police tried to arrest Usoyan. Moreover, when the police understood that the FSB patronizes Usoyan, they took Grandpa Khasan side in the mafia war between him and Taro. The police agents has planted drugs or arms on Grandpa Khasan's rivals and driven away their assemblies for 3 years.

Tariel Oniani (alias: Taro)

Sources in the FSB say that such Usoyan is under the patronage because he assists the government with important issues related to mafia -  for example, criminogenic situations during the Olympics 2014 in Sochi. The things go as far as that high-profile officials meet and talk with Usoyan. Once the police put Grandpa Khasan's favorite restaurant under surveillance and filmed the visitors of the place. To their surprise, one of them was deputy head of the presidential staff Vladislav Surkov - the Kremlin's political strategist and “grey cardinal”.

Later the police agents found out that this meeting was organized by the FSB at the instance of Surkov. Surkov and Granda Khasan spoke about construction projects in the Krasnodar Region on the threshold of the Olympics (first of all about road building). Usoyan controls not only construction companies in the region, but also suppliers of building materials. Usoyan virtually controls all contracts for building objects for the Olympics. A source in the MVD said that Surkov asked Usoyan to attract other companies, because Surkov was concerned about precise compliance with the plan of such important building project. However, Usoayn said that he would handle his job well on his own.

Usoyan has got used to arbitrating conflicts between retired officers of security services. In 2008 the conflict emerged between former colonels Sergey Naumov (FSB) and Vladimir Tkachev (MVD) - they wanted to divide the plant called Voskhod. Aslan Usoyan and Viacheslav Ivankov were invited to settled down «dispute». They took part in the talks between sides in different expensive restaurants.

When there was some friction between directorate “M” and directorate “K” within the FSB, it was Grandpa Khasan's clan that suffered. M-men patronized Usoyan - that is why K-men arrested Usoyan's people (usually as part of international police operations). Before the arrests, the FSB did everything to deprive mobsters of Russian citizenship (the FSB usually made up reasons for deprivation of citizenship). That was the way Vladimir Tyurin and businessman Leon Lann (Leonid Kaplun or Kaplan) lost their Russian passports. In 2011 the conflict between these factions in the FSB was put to an end - and the FSB does not touch Usoyan's people any more. They do not want to saw branch they are sitting on. Granpa Khasan assists not only in the preparations for the Olympics, but helps transfer money abroad


Russian mobsters turn Spain into Rublevka

By the end of the 90s the size of the business empire built by Grandpa Khasan and Shakro Junior became enormous. Their wealth amounted to millions of dollars. But more they expanded, more enemies they had. Only in Moscow Kalashov suffered 5 attempts on his life. In June 1994 snipers fired Shakro's jeep with his wife, daughter, bodyguard and a vice president of North-Eastern Oil Company. The attempt on Kalashov's life took place near the residence of the Russian president. Shakro was wounded in breast and arm.

Within next 3 years Kalashov suffered three more attempts. One of such attempts was a skirmish that took place in the very centre of Moscow, in Bolshoy Zlatoustovsky Street in front of Rossiya hotel on 29 March 1996. Two hitmen, hiding in an UAZ car with ambulance marking, opened fire from machine guns at Shakro. Shakro and his driver were wounded. The police arrested the culprits - they were members of the Izmaylovskaya orginised crime group. The reason for the attempt on Shakro's life was the conflict of interests in aluminum business.

Zakhariy Kalashov (alias: Shakro Junior)

In April 1999 there was another attempt on his life in North Ossetia, than 2 more attempts in Georgia (according to sources). Shakro spent fortunes on security service; he had dozens of bodyguards armed with pump-action shotguns. When he traveled everything was arranged in such a way as if a country leader were making official visit abroad. When he went to Georgia, his bodyguards searched both plane and landing strip in the airport.

In April 1999 the police arrested Shakro Junior near the casino called Crystal. The police found 33.5 grams of hashish hidden in his jacket. 10 bodyguards accompanied Shakro. His cortege consisted of 3 cars. But, of course, he clasped such important thing as a bag with dope to his very heart!

Lawyer Aleksandr Gofshtein undertook to defend the mafiosi. Soon Shakro was released. He decided to leave the country. He had no choice: as the joke has it, he was like potato - either planted, or dug out. Shakro moved to Spain where he had bought cottages and yachts with money he had earned with Grandpa Khasan.

At that time Spain attracted Russia mafia bosses as a place where money could be laundered. According to the Spanish police, Usoyan and Kalashov earned their fortunes on arms and drug dealing, oil refinery, selling metal and timber, extortion, racketeering banks, restaurants and casinos. Shakro Junior decided to gather mobsters in order to discuss a money-laundering scheme which could unite the flows of dirty money from Russia. 

The meeting of criminal bosses took place in Montiboli hotel in Spanish Alicante city on 20-21 March 2003 - ironically the city holds international conferences on crime control. According to the «tradition», the meeting's pretext was celebration of kingpin Zakhariy Kalashov's birthday. Such criminal bosses as Aslan Usoyan, Vladimir Tyurin (alias: Tyurik), Vitaly Izgilov (alias: the Beast), Tariel Oniani (alias: Taro), Merab Gogia (alias: Merab), Dzhamal Khachidze (Dzhamal represented Solntsevskaya mob), Vakhtang Kardava, Mamuka Mikeladze, Armen Aratyunov, businessmen Konstantin Manukyan and Leon Lann took part in the meeting. The assembly decided to make Spain a center for money laundering.

Vladimir Tyurin (alias: Tyurik)

Mafia bosses set up a number of companies - Sunnivest 2000, Elviria Invest, Megrisa, Megabetta V and Megabetta N, Inmboliarios Estepona etc. According to the police of Spain, Leonid Lann and Konstantin Manukyan, co-founders of Sunnivest 200, were charged with money laundering. They bought real estate in Spain and provided financial services to Kalashov and other mobsters. The scheme turned out a success and other criminal clans used it - for instance, Malyshevskaya and Tambovskaya groups.

Kalashov coordinated the work of all companies involved in the scheme. His partners were Usoyan and Oniani. Shakro maintained good relations with both criminal bosses. Taro dwelled in Spain, whereas Grandpa Khasan preferred to travel. He visited former Soviet republics and other countries. He gathered the assemblies, crowned new criminal arbiters etc. He often went to Austria (his son Nodar lived there), the UAE (many mobsters and leaders of orginised crime groups lived there), Spain, Germany, Abkhazia (Usoyan controlls the majority of resorts there). Granpa Khasan travelled to the USA where his friend Vyacheslav Ivankov did his term.

While in American prison, Yaponchik met shadow dealer Evgeny Dvoskin (Chegrash). It emerged that Chegrash was Ivankov's far relative. Yaponchik liked him and gave him a sort of a «reference letter». As soon as the US government opened another case against Dvoskin, he fled to Russia and went to Grandpa Khasan, Yaponchik's friend. Chegrash learned to launder money in the USA. Usoyan was happy to meet such «expert» - in a view that he had the reference letter from Yaponchik in his pocket.

Soon Dvoskin began to cooperate with the officers of the FSB. The FSB also lacked money-laundering experts. The FSB needed to send money to foreign agents and sponsor some operations. As the result, Dvoskin worked both for the FSB and mafia. He used the same schemes for both.

In July 2004 Yaponchik was released and sent back to Russia. But hardly has he arrived in Moscow, the police arrested him on charges of killing two Turkish builders in a brawl in the cloackroom of Pomidor restaurant (in the 1990s the restaurant was mobsters' favourite place). However, the jury freed him of all charges and he was released. The majority of criminal leaders welcomed the return of the legend of the underworld, but did not offer him a share in business. They realized that they could only play second roles if they cooperted with Yaponchik.  

Unlike others Grandpa Khasan helped his old friend - he turned over control over profitable objects and part of criminal treasury to him. Dvoskin also helped Yaponchik.


International crime is marching on

Usoyan and Ivankov shared common beliefs. They thought that older criminals, first of all from the Caucasus, should crown mobsters of all nationalities. Usoyan and Yaponchik crowned Jews, Belorussians, Chechens, Buryats, Russians, Chuvash, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Uzbeks. The main criterion was loyalty to Usoyan. 

Meanwhile Spanish authorities got fed up with Russian gangsters' buying villas and yachts and turning Spanish resourts into criminal Rublevka Highway near Moscow. In June 2005 Spanish police carried out operation (called «Wasp») against Russian mafia. About 200 people were arrested, including Vitaly Izgilov. They were accused of money launderig and tax evasion.

Vitaly Izgilov

Zakhary Kalashov, Tariel Oniani, Leon Lann, Konstantin Manukyan and Vladimir Tyurin learned about the Wasp before the operation started (it is, of cause, a myth that there are no corrupt policemen and officials in the West). The gangsters moved to Russia. Only Kalashov who feared arrests and assassinations, fled to the UAE. In March 2006 Kalashov celebrated his birthday and invited his old friends Ivankov, Usoyan etc, so that the party turned into criminal assembly. Two months later the UAE arrested Kalashov and extradited him to Spain.

After his extradition, Spanish police began to carry out large operations against Russian mafia once in two years. In June 2008 the police arrested members of Tambovskaya and Malyshevskaya criminal groups, including Aleksandr Malyshev and Gennady Petrov, as part of the operation called Troyka. In summer 2010 the police of Spain arrested a dozen more Russian mobsters, including influencial leader Kakhaber Shushanashvili (Kakha), brother of mobster Lashi Shushanashvili.


Not on the Forbes' list

Zakhary Kalashov’s arrest in Spain gave rise to a new mafia war. This war has not finished yet; the majority of gangsters have taken part in it. When Shakro found himself behinf the bars, he faced difficult choice: who would be in charge of his business empire and oversee laundering schemes? If he had chosen Usoyan, Oniani would have been disappointed. If he had chosen Oniani, Usoyan would have been offended. Usoyan and Oniani did not like each other.

Shakro chose influential mobsters and his best friend Lasha Shushanashvili (Lasha from Rustavi). Lasha was very influential criminal boss, but no match for Grandpa Khasan and Taro. Shushanashvili did not like Oniani and was attached by Grandpa Khasan. When Taro understood that he was the odd man out, he began to push Lasha. Little by little Lasha and Taro became enemies.

Situation in the criminal world grew tense. Neutral arbiters tried to organize peaceful talks between Taro and Lasha, so that they could talk in private. It was utter failure. Both criminal bosses accused each other of disobeying «criminal laws», cooperation with security services (this was true for both)… They called each other «rats». Oniani mocked Lasha, saying that he was one of many minor mobsters crowned by Grandpa Khasan… it was difficult to drag fighters apart. So reconciliation was unimaginable. 

Next few years Taro waged the campaign of discredit against Lasha. In spring 2008 he began to act. In April he gathered huge criminal assembly in the Moscow region. The mobsters decided to «decoronate» Shushanashvili (decoronation means loosing the respected title of “thief-in-law”, i.e. immediate downshifting in the criminal hierarchy). It was almost defeat for Lasha. A while longer and that would have been done with Lasha. But he had a very strong patron - Grandpa Khasan.

Lasha Shushanashvili (Lasha from Rustavi)

As a result Usoyan and Oniani began life and death war. Their forces were approximately equal. Both are respectable leaders of the criminal world. Both have accumulated wealth of estimated $2b (although, the Forbes magazine does not mention them on its lists). They influence politics as well. Usoyan has numerous connections among politicians and businessmen in Russia, Abkhazia and the former Soviet republics of the Middle East. Boris Berezovsky and Badri Patarkatsishvili were Oniani's partners. They, together with mobster Merab Gogiya, financed the election campaign of Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili. Oniani was Saakashvili's close friend - and reliable source of information for the FSB (and agent of influence in Georgia).

Sources close to Taro told the Russian Mafia (rumafia.com) that Saakashvili used to often visit Oniani in Spain and stayed in his villa. Later they had serious argument. Saakashvili asked Taro to give him a share in business in Georgia, but Taro drove Saakashvili away. When Saakashvili became the president, Taro lost all business in that country. However this loss was just a drop in the ocean for Oniani.

Oniani is perhaps the only Russian mafia crime boss who is a founder of an existing company registered by the authorities. Oniani and his finance broker Gela Tsertsvadze set up Expresstrade Closed JSC. The wide rage of activities of this company is impressive: it deals in fuel, ore, metal, chemicals and alcohol.


Unified State Register of Companies

2010 02 Individual founders

Surname: Oniani

Name: Tariel

Patronymic name: Guramovich

Stock: 500 000 (rub.)

Organisation: Expresstrade Closed Joined Stock Company

Registration no.: 5067746333716

Registered: 24aug2006



Name: Expresstrade Closed JSC

Registration no.: 5067746333716

Tax identification no.: 7701676390

Current State: Active

Actuality of information: may2008


Individual founders

Surname: Oniani

Name: Tariel

Patronymic name: Guramovich

Stock: 500 000 (rub.)

Date: 24aug2006

Surname: Tsertsvadze

Name: Gela

Patronymic name: Gurgenovich

Stock: 500 000 (rub.)

Date: 24aug2006


Key activities in accordance to the Unified State Register of Companies:


  • Agency in wholesaling of fuel, ore, metal and chemicals
  • Wholesaling of fuel
  • Wholesaling of petrol, including aircraft petrol
  • Wholesaling other of types of fuel
  • Retailing of petrol
  • Agency in wholesaling of consumer goods
  • Wholesaling of food ware, including drinks and tobacco
  • Wholesaling of alcohol
  • Wholesaling of nonfood consumer goods
  • Retailing through the chain of non-specialized outlets


Taro’s brother David Oniani also established a number of companies: Retal LTD, Absolute Chance, OK Club etc. One would dare asking how many firms Gela Tsertsvadze, Tariel’s right hand, set up.

Aslan Usoyan has never founded his own companies, but his son Nodari Usoyan established Dionis and Co, Meat Delicatessen, Full Global Leasing Airlines. A sniper killed director general of Full Global Leasing Airlines on 20 January 1995.


Full Global Leasing Airlines JSC

Individual founders:


Surname/first name/patronymic name: Levitan Mikhail Izrailevich

Passport no.: 02 AR 658715

Date of birth: 13nov1960

Place of birth: Ufa, Bashkiriya

Telephone: 1596205

Address: 5, building 7/2, Vokzalny Pereulok, Moscow


Surname/first name/patronymic name: Usoyan Nodari Aslanovich

Passport no.: 08 TI 651938

Date of birth: 31oct1962

Place of birth: Tbilisi, Georgia

Telephone: 9584629

Address: 47, building 10/9, Zagorodnee Highway, Moscow


Surname/first name/patronymic name: Farber I L

Passport no.: 13 MYu 658648

Address: 13, 28, Tsuryupa Street


Surname/first name/patronymic name: Shevchenko Alla Olegovna

Passport no.: 13 MYu 734634

Telephone: 6141849, 6148499

Address: 315, building 10, Kolomenskaya Embankment, Moscow


Date: 04aug1997 Established data about the person

Source of Information: Personal report

Received: 04aug1997



Type: information no.: 671C Type of Source: reliable

Source: Organized Crime Control Department of Moscow, Sent 87/8/2504C

Full document: Usoyan A.R. has the following connection in Moscow: Bor Aleksandr Ivanovich (born 10jan1954 in Gomel, Belarus). He is registered at 6, building 8/1/1, Krivokolenny Pereulok, Moscow (tel.:9249455). The department has no data related to him. Usoyan’s son - Usoyan Nodar Aslanovich (born in 1962) stays in Moscow, where he came after a long stay in Austria.


Oniani and Usoyan have different personalities. Taro has explosive temper. When he was young, he often took up arms. That is why they had argument with Saakashvili. That is why he did not have enough allies in his war against Granpa Khasan.

On the contrary, Aslan Usoyan is serious, calm, and thoughtful. He always predicts what his enemy will do next minute. That is why he is called Grandpa Khasan - it the name of a character in Yezidi fairy tales. It is also the word used to describe wise, respectful and experienced person. Grandpa Khasan - that is how his Yezidi friends called him. The mobsters just adopted this nickname.


Lords of crime do not need war

As it usually happens in such cases, two influential mobsters began backstage talks, trying to find allies among criminal bosses. It is worth noticing that the majority of mobsters among Slavs - Aleksey Petrov (Petrik), Oleg Shishkanov (Shishkan), Vyacheslav Shestakov (the Plum), Sergey Aksenov (Aksen) - refused to take part in the conflict and did not come to the assemblies of mobsters. The only exception was Usoyan's protégés among the mobtsters of Slavic origin. All these mobsters (the same is true for Mikhas) are now respectable businessmen. They left mafia wars in bloody 1990s which they managed to live through. The Slavic mobsters now own plants, offices, malls, market, furniture stores. For a while Shishkan was de facto an owner of Saturn football club. A source in Lyuberetskaya criminal group told the Russian Mafia at the eve of the conflict: «This war is not for us. It is unreasonable to take part in it. You may show your active participation in the criminal movement, but what if one side decoronate you? It means you will have many problems before you get back your title». This is an «official» position of Slavic mobsters. However, they did not stand aside and had to take part in the war.

Vyacheslav Ivankov (alias: Yaponchik)

Mobsters of older generation (they are now over 70) tried to solve the conflict. They played the role of peacemakers, but it was pure pretention - the majority of them took Taro's side. Aslan Usoyan managed to attract his protégés (Yaponchik and Edik Osetrina), as well as a number of criminal bosses from Tbilisi. Young, but very influential mobster Merab Dzhangveladze (Merab from Sukhumi) supported Tariel Oniani, as well as older gangsters Dzhemal Khachidze (Dzhemal from Surami) and Anzor Khutsishvili. He also found support among mobsters of his native city of Kutaisi.

This division between Tbilisi mobsters and Kutaisi is artificial. Many mobsters from Kutaisi did not support Taro. Highly influencial Badri Koguashvili, who now dwells in the USA, bore Taro a grudge. Once Taro “decoronated” a Badri's friend Badri, although Badri asked him not to do so. Another Kutaisi-born mobster Gaioza Zviadadze changed sides long ago - he left Oniani's clan and joined Shakro Junior and Lasha from Rustavi. In 1994 mobster Avtandil Chikladze (Kvezho) was killed. Gaioza had crowned him. Zviadadze suspected Taro of ordering hitman to kill Kvezho. 


to be continued

Thomas Petrov, Alexey Gordon, Rumafia.com

Grandpa of all Russian mobsters quits bloody business. Who will take his place? Part 1


Criminal underworld of the former USSR is now getting ready for what might become the most important event in its history. Influential criminal bosses are gathering in the UAE in an attempt to settle down conflict between two rival clans - that of Tariel Oniani (alias: Taro) and Aslan Usoyan (alias: Grandpa Khasan).

Taro is not able to come - he is presently doing his term. The participation of Grandpa Khasan is also under question. He has recently survived the attempt on his life and avoids «public events». Secluded life, however, is no new for him. For years he has lived under permanent threat.

During last 15 years Aslan Usoyan has waged bloody criminal wars. He is a master of menace, chief boss of Russian mafia, who controls billions of dollars, rules whole regions, participates in state affairs and regularly meets high-profile officials.


Aslan Rashidovich Usoyan was born in Tbilisi on 27 February 1937 in a Kurdish family, observing Yazidism (pre-Islamic beliefs of native Kurds). In the USSR any religion was under suspicion and in the birth certificate his parents put «Armenian» as the nationality of their son.

  Soon after secondary school, which he finished in Tbilisi, Aslan was introduced to the world of crime. He committed first offence in 1955. His early biography is difficult to trace. In 1955 he was arrested for attacking the police officers and sentenced to a year and a half. But in 1956 he was released from custody before the end of his sentence, because the Supreme Court «cut» his jail term. After the authorities let him loose, he got involved in the series of armed robberies in Tbilisi. By that time young Aslan had gained reputation of a leader and soon became criminal boss. His mob was arrested in 1959 in Tbilisi. Court sentenced him to 5 years in prison. Doing his term, he behaved as a criminal boss, not a foot soldier, strictly following the code of conduct for a mobster and earned the respect of inmates. Again he was released before the end of the term. Now Aslan got interested in the black market and illegal production enterprises, in the movement of so-called tsekhoviki (owners of illegal production lines).

He was involved in racketeering activities, providing help for friendly tsekhoviks and threatening others with break-ins. In 1966 he was imprisoned for the third time. Court sentenced him for 3 years for illegal business activities. During this jail term, he was «crowned» or awarded the title thief-in-law (chief mobster responsible for arbitrating conflicts and keeping the code of conduct). In 1968 the court of Tsulukidze town released him before the time. It is clear that someone oiled the judge's palm. Even in the USSR people accepted bribes.

Usoyan returned to his affairs with tsekhoviki. By that time the tsekhoviki expanded throughout the country and owned underground factories in different corners of the USSR. As a result, Usoyan began to travel. He managed to combine illegal business with «traditional» crime - burglary, extortion and robbery. Usoyan earned fortune - money ran down in his hands like water. He lavished care on the convicted criminals and provided them with financial support. He spent his holidays in famous Soviet resorts in the Caucases - Abkhasia, Krasnodar and the Minerlniye Vody spas. It was most suitable place to discuss business affairs with fellow mafiosi. They all played cards.

There were a lot of cardsharpers among Grandpa Khasan's friends in the 1970-1980s - Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (alias: Little Taiwanese) and Grigory Kazarov (alias: Grisha the Dumpling). Usoyan was linked to the mobsters from Tbilisi: Zakhariy Kalashov (Shakro Junior, also Kurdish), Eduard Asatryan (Edik the Sturgion), Boris Apakia (Husky), Paatа Chlaidze (Big Paata) and others. Usoyan met Viacheslav Ivankov (Little Japanese) before the perestroika. Ivankov was a racketeer for tsekhoviki.

In 1984 Soviet militia arrested Granpa Khasan for the last time. In Tbilisi Khasan tried to sell forged golden coins to a group of Uzbeks - people who were introduced to him by  tsekhoviki. But it turned out that the Uzbeks had connections, and soon court sentenced Usoyan to 15 years in prison. He did his time in Tobolsk labour camp, in Omsk colony no.9, Solikamsk colony no.6 and finally in the Sverdlovsk Region. While in prison, Grandpa Khasan met many influential mobsters and kingpins of Soviet underworld. He met mobster Yevgeny Vasin, also known as Jam. On Khasan's recommendation Vasin was crowned thief-in-law. In custody, Khasan demonstrated his adherence to the norms of mobster life and spoke about «criminal ethics». Slowly he gained reputation of the most «just» among thieves-in-law and even challenged Little Japanese (who was respectable mafiosi arbitrator). Grandpa Khasan became legendary figure in the world of mobsters.

Grandpa Khasan was released before the end of his term in 1991, again with the help of the bribes. It was a historic moment when underground business became legal and many more organised criminal groups emerged. New mobsters looked for help. They searched most influential thieves-in-law, and wanted to attract Usoyan on their side.

The golden age of mafia began. Grandpa Khasan was ready to play first fiddle.


Granpa Khasan rules over Kuban


After Georgia became independent, Grandpa Khasan left it. He moved to the Krasnodar Region, where he knew all mobsters. First he subjugated construction and development companies (owned mostly by the Caucasians), than - markets, banks, trade firms and resorts. He bribed officials from the police, local authorities and judges. Businessmen did not complain about him, because he provided protection both against mobsters and corrupt police. 

Within just a few years Aslan Usoyan became shadow governor of the region. He crowned several fellow mobsters. Steadily his friends ousted all other mafiosi groups in the region.

In the mid 90s Usoyan's criminal empire expanded in nearby Rostov and Stavropol region and in the Mineralniye Vody. The editorial of the Russian Mafia (rumafia.com) has obtained the following document, filed by Rostov anti-crime unit. The document enumerates official bodies, affiliated with Usoyan. The list includes regional government, police, tax authorities, regional prosecutors, transport officials, five banks (including branches of Alfa-Bank and Avtovazbank), central market of Bataysk town and a number of commercial firms.  


Individual number: 32369


Number in the system: 126480

Full name (Surname/First Name/Patronymic Name): Usoyan Aslan Rashidovich

Date of birth: 1937

Data Bank: Organised Crime

DATA: 2509

Information about criminal activities: Organised Crime

Additional information: the list of corporations and individuals mentioned in the files

no.1 full name of organisation: …

no.2 full name of organisation: administration of the region

no.3 full name of organisation: tax inspectorate

no.4 full name of organisation: tax police

no.5 full name of organisation: Favorit Closed JSC

no.6 full name of organisation: Forum Association (address: Budenovsky, Rostov-na-Donu, Russia)

no.7 full name of organisation: Agroprombank

no.8 full name of organisation: Alfa-bank

no.9 full name of organisation: Silan individual enterprise

no.10 full name of organisation: Upon the Orel kebab house

no.11 full name of organisation: Kubinbank

no.12 full name of organisation: Avtovazbank (Rostov branch)

no.13 full name of organisation: Rossiya chemical plant of the defence ministry (Kamensk-Shaktinsky town)

no.14 full name of organisation: Rafo-2

no.15 full name of organisation: …

no.16 full name of organisation: control department of the chief regional prosecutor's office

no.17 full name of organisation: central market of Bataysk

no.18 full name of organisation: Kontakt insurance company

no.19 full name of organisation: transport directorate of the MVD for North-Caucuses District

no.20 full name of organisation: Aleks company

no.21 full name of organisation: Alisa-Rostov company

no.22 full name of organisation: Inkomservis company

no.23 full name of organisation: Rada company

no.24 full name of organisation: Sovet company (Rostov-na-Donu)

no.25 full name of organisation: Emiliya company

Status: thief-in-law

Individual number: 32369


Number in the system: 126480

Full name (Surname/First Name/Patronymic Name): Usoyan Aslan Rashidovich

Date of birth: 1937

Data Bank: Organised Crime

DATA: 3262

Information about criminal activities: Organised Crime

Additional information: the list of corporations and individuals mentioned in the files

no.1 full name of organisation: A+A Closed JSC

no.2 full name of organisation: Paik company


Criminal police of the Stavropol Region has got evidence that Aslan Usoyan organised assembly of mobsters, where leaders of the underworld decided to spend criminal treasury on buying the majority holding in a large power station.

Grandpa Khasan's influence spread beyond Russian south. He made the Krasnodarsk Region his headquarters, but travelled across the country, finding necessary connections. In the police reports he was mentioned as a «visiting mobster». His visits were successful, because he had already new the majority of mobsters from the time he had been in jail in the USSR. They all did very well in new Russia.

For instance, Evgeny Vasin became criminal leader of the Far East. Grandpa Khasan made visits to Jam who played accordion to the old friend. Another Usoyan's friend - thief-in-law Vladimir Tyurin (Tyurik) - lived in the Tyumen Region. Thief-in-law Oleg Konovalov (Bandit) was a leader of a criminal group in the Vologda Region. In Vladivostok Usoyan was linked to mobster Yury Batyshkin (leader of the criminal group called Obshak), in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky - with Korean mobster Li Su Nam. In Barnaul Usoyan crowned his protégé Nurakhman Mamyrov (Mutay), in the Moscow Region - Viacheslav Chuvarzin (Slava the Green) etc. He organised criminal assemblies and enlarged the area which his clan controlled. Frequent «coronations» brought new members into the clan.

His activities in the region, however large they were, could not compare with money which were in Moscow. Zakhariy Kalashov (alias: Shakro), Kurdish mobster and old friend of Grandpa Khasan, settled down in the capital. With the help of the security ministers (including the FSB) this mobster built a business empire of casinos in Moscow in the early 90s. Casino Crystal, opposite to Taganskaya metro station, was Shakro's headquarters. He controlled various markets and was linked to oil-and-gas companies, such as Lukoil.  

As far back as in 1992-1993 Usoyan took an interest in Kalashov's empire. Soon he became Shakro's partner and participated in his operations. Mobsters became so strong, that they interfered in foreign policy of Russia. Usoyan and Kalashov provided Abkhaziya with financial help and weaponry for this country's war against Georgia. They backed the Kurdistan Workers' Party which led Kurdish rebel movement against government forces in Turky. It is obvious that such international «projects» of Russian mobsters could not have taken place without the FSB's sanction and control.

In the mid 1990s a group of Russian journalists was sent to interview leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party Abdullah Ocalan. We asked our colleagues to raise the issue of support which the KWP received from Usoyan and Kalashov at the interview. Having heard their names, Ocalan agreed to talk about it in private. And than he gave high praise to both mobsters.   


St Petersburg mobsters did not surrender to Grandpa


In 1993 Aslan Usoyan decided to conquer St Petersburg. The city belonged to what mobsters called red belt. Red belt was a name given in the 90s to regions of Russia where people traditionally voted for the communist party. But mobsters used this word differently: they spoke about regions where old Soviet thieves-in-law had no influence. For instance, the thieves-in-law dare not come to the Kaliningrad Region. Or they could not travel to Sakhalin without permission from local criminal bosses (they considered this procedure humiliating). The same situation was in St Petersburg. The city's new generation of mobsters frowned upon old Soviet criminal bosses.

According to the police operational information, Aslan Usoyan was invited to St Petersburg by Grigory Kazarov (Grisha the Dumpling) and Konstantin Yakovlev (Kostya the Grave). Yakovlev met Grandpa Khasan long before. It was Yakovlev who helped Caucasian mobsters deal in antiquities. Usoyan made Kostya the Grave person in charge of arbitrating between rival clans. He used Yakovlev to strengthen his positions in the city. As a result, mobsters from all corners of Russia went to St Petersburg to meet Grandpa Khasan. And Granda Khasan sent his envoys to the regions with different tasks.

Russian police officers watched closely Usoyan's activity and registered every step he made. Here are the extracts from police reports. 


Individual number: 37029


Number in the system: 127054

Full name (Surname/First Name/Patronymic Name): Usoyan Aslan Rashidovich

Date of birth (d/m/y): 27/02/1937

Data Bank: Organised Crime

DATA: 2509

Alias: Khasan, Grandpa Khasan

Nationality: Armenian

Place of birth: Tbilisi, Georgia



no.1 registered at: flat 406, building 7 Dunaysky Prospect, Frunze District, St Petersburg, Russia

no.2 place of residence: flat 406, building 7 Dunaysky Prospect, Frunze District, St Petersburg, Russia

no.3 place of residence: flat 47, building 10/9, Zagorodnoye Highway, Moscow, Russia, 1233485

no.4 place of residence: Moscow

Information about criminal activities: Organised Crime

Additional information: thief-in-law and guest criminal, tall (1m75cm), sturdy built, nose of regular size, protruded chin, dark brown eyes, dark hair, convicted

Information dated (d/m/y): 10/02/2007

Summary: form 1 ABD, no.059-97, report f.7 no.03623 from the 3rd unit CID, Poltava


Following persons are connections of Aslan Rashidovich Usoyan in St Petersburg:

1.Igor Anatolyevich Khrustalev, 1960

2. Alaverdashvili Otari Isakovich, 23.02.1942, 10-2-89 Kupchinskaya Street

3. Gocha Dzhurberovich Birkadze, 22.10.1961, Kutaisi-born

4. Bagrat Georgievich Uglava, 29.09.1954, Kutaisi-born

5. Roland Varlamovich Chikvadze, 25.07.1955, Kitaisi-born

6. Shedeli Ilyich Zarandiya, 1957, born in Merkheuli village, Abkhaziya

7. Yury Anatolievich Metelkin, 1955, born in Lomonosov, Leningrad Region 

OPERATIONAL INFO N445S, SOURCE: the UVD for Engels (the Saratov Region)

The UVD for Engels (Saratov R) has received operational information, that on 05feb95 the organised crime group, led by Nikolai Aleksandrovich Malinov (resident of St Petersburg), arrives in the city. Malinov is a close friend of mobster and «thief-in-law» Usoyan (Grandpa Khasan). Malinov's task is to put police officers of the city under physical pressure by the acts of terror [against them]. Upon the arrival to the Saratov Region Malinov will meet thief-in-law Dato from Tashkent, living in Engels, who will take part in and assist the operation.   

OPERATIONAL INFO N486S, RECEIVED: 14.05.1996, SOURCE: report of the CID for North-Caucasus

The CID for North Caucasus informs about criminal connections in the North-West economic region. On 17jan1996 the CID received the following message from an agent: thief-in-law known as Grandpa Khasan frequently visits casino called Star Dust, which is situated in the building of the planetarium near Gorkovskaya metro station. 

OPERATIONAL INFO N454SB, RECEIVED 08apr1996, SOURCE: (official) Department for Organised Crime Control of Vologda

Thief-in-law known as Grandpa Khasan (probably Aslan Rashidovich Usoyan, 1973) lives in St Petersburg. Certain criminal leaders from Vologda, including Oleg Borisovich Konovalov, 1955, convicted for a number of times, are planning to meet him and discuss current affairs in the city. According to the operational information, Granpa Khasan and Konovalov met while serving the sentence in prison. Their visit to St Petersburg is aimed at substituting current arbitrator of criminal conflicts Andrey Gennadievich Zakharov with another person. They also will negotiate possible measures against thief-in-law Aleksey Alekseevich Aleksandrov (a.k.a. Chuvash), who resides in Cherepovets. 

OPERATIONAL INFO N857S, RECEIVED 24jun1996, SOURCE: CID for the Moscow Region

During the investigation of offences committed by thief-in-law Khusein Akhmadov (Khusein the Blind), it was established that Tamara Ivanovna Yeroshkevich (born 22jan1963 in the Irkutsk R., registered at: 50, building 27A, Novy Svet Street, Gatchina, the Leningrad R.) lived in St Petersburg and was a concubine of Khusein Akhmad's brother Khasan. Thief-in-law known as Vasya from St Pete visited Khusein Akhamdov in Balashikha (Moscow R.), where the latter lived. Vasya attended the funeral of thief-in-law Aleksandr Alyatin (Ustimovsky) in summer 1995. Khusein sent to St Petersburg Vladimir Valentinovich Morskikh (born 1954), a.k.a. Prickly, in august 1995. It was also established, that in May 1996 thief-in-law Vyacheslav Chuvarzin (Slava the Green) met Aslan Usoyan (Grandpa Khasan) in St Petersburg.


Despite all his attempts, Usoyan failed to consolidate his grip on St Petersburg. Neither local mobsters (the Tambov organised crime group), nor high-profile officers from the police and security agencies (affiliated with mobsters) wanted to see Grandpa in the former tsar capital. He annoyed the MVD, because he cooperated with counter-espionage officers and did not cooperate with the police. As a result, on 31 May 1996 the police arrested him in the car of deputy chairman of legislative council of St Petersburg Viktor Novoselov. Novoselov was affiliated with mafia, as well as his advisor convicted George Avdyshev, who turned out to be in the same car.

The police officers confiscated TT-pistol. In fact Grandpa Khasan never carried this gun - it was put on him by the police. After the arrest he was moved to an isolation ward, where he was given explanations about who rules the city. To teach him a lesson, the police penalized him under administrative law (destruction of the passport) and opened criminal investigation into illegal weapons. Simultaneously the Moscow police searched his flat as part of the investigation of a criminal case, opened in Stavropol. Grandpa Khasan and thief-in-law Rudolf Oganov (Rudik from Baku) were suspected of organising criminal group and a series of contract murders.




During search in Usoyan's flat in Moscow, the police seized golden bullion (2 kilos) and $380,000. It took Usoyan a lot of effort and money to hush up criminal case in St Petersburg and escape prison term. It was much easier to dismiss case in the Stavropol Region, of which he was almost an owner.  

Soon after release, Grandpa Khasan fell out with Grigory Kazarov. Kazarov suspected Usoyan's people (including his son Nodar) of stealing good, he had stolen from the businessmen. In 1997 Kazarov spoke out, a year later he was killed by a bullet.

The same year the police put Grandpa Khasan under scrutiny as part of the investigation into murder of deputy governor of St Petersburg Mikhail Manevich. Khasan took part in privatization of a number of enterprises in St Petersburg. Manevich was responsible for privatization process. By the same time Usoyan began violent war against Rudolf Oganov. The war took a lot of lives. It resulted in Usoyan's withdrawal from St Petersburg. He decided to stand his ground in the south and continued cooperating with Kostya the Grave, his only representative in St Petersburg. 

However, their union was not very strong. One moment Konstantin Yakovlev decided that he became mature enough to be on his own. Number of disputes between Kostya the Grave and Grandpa Khasan grew day by day and finally they had a strormy quarrel. Granpa Khasan sent to St Petersburg theif-in-law Vladimir Tyurin whose task was to protect Usoyan's interests. Tyurik and Kostya met at the airport. The quarrel started. Yakovlev asked Tyurin to convey a wish to Usoyan - no more envoys from him in St Petersburg, local mobsters were able to settle disputes on their own. Tyurik passed this word to Khasan. Very soon Kostya the Grave was shot in Moscow. 


Godfathers drowned Russia in blood


Grandpa Khasan began his first large scale criminal war in 1993-1994 against thief-in-law Ilya Simoniya (alias: Makho). The conflict began in the late 1980s when Simoniya served his sentence in the labour colony of Tulun (the Irkutsk region). Simoniya had conflict with Vyacheslav Ivankov. Makho did not want to recognise Little Japanese as thief-in-law and set inmates against him. Ivankov did nor recognise Makho, because he was a member of komsomol (young communists) and, as Ivankov claimed, bought his thief-in-law title.

When both were released, the war continued. Makho settled in the Irkutsk region and became its criminal leader. Little Japanese began to crown his mobsters in Irkutsk, so that they could oppose Simoniya. Simoniya killed them one by one. Ivankov and his old friend Aslan Usoyan responded by targeting Makho with the campaign of discrediting. 

Simoniya's positions grew week. He tried to meet Grandpa Khasan in St Petersburg, but Usoyan asked Simoniya to come to Moscow. Usoyan, Shakro and Tyurik gathered a group of «respectable» criminal leaders in Mizuri restaurant. The mobsters were almost unanimous that Makho sould be «decrowned» and deprived of thief-in-law title due to violation of the code of conduct and «unjustified» murders of mobsters (the only mobster against this decision was Vakhtang Ekhvaya). Simoniya did not want to  obey - he pounced on Grandpa Khasan and than left the restaurant.

Makho was not going to surrender easily. He began to consolidate friendly mobsters, trying to mobilize forces. And he succeeded. For a long time many criminal dons, including Tariel Oniani (Taro), refused to accept his «decoronation». In 1994 Taro and Makho met Grandpa Khasan in a hotel. They tried to have it out with him, but Usoyan said he would not speak with Makho, because he was no longer a thief-in-law. And again Simoniya pounced on Grandpa Khasan. 

Soon a hunt for mobsters close to Makho began in Irkutsk: thief-in-law Paata Gudashauri (alias: Beast from Tbilisi) was killed. On 28 August 1994 a Zhiguli car with Makho and Ekhaya was short on its way to Sochi. Mobsters were wounded, their driver - killed. Simoniya went underground and did not appear in public.

 In 1996 Makho tried to get back to Irkutsk, therefore he sent two «messangers» to the city - thieves-in-law David Khmiadashvili and Bakuri Kalandadze. Both were killed immediately. But Grandpa Khasan did not want to eliminate Makho, he preferred to crush his reputation. He pressed other thieves-in-law to recognise Makho's decoronation. Simoniya was ousted from cushy positions. Fellow mobsters turned away from him. In the criminal hierarchy Simoniya plunged to the lowest level. He was permitted only to attack truck drivers in Irkutsk. When he moved to Moscow he could only join the mob of bag snatchers. But even in that mob he was at the very bottom - he became a driver who had to rush away with a snatcher. In 2010 he was arrested as an ordinary bag snatcher.

This conflict was a minor adventure compared to the war Usoyan waged against Rudolf Oganov (Rudik from Baku). By the mid 90s both criminal leaders had the same weight among criminals and got on well in the southern Russia. Usoyan controlled all of the Krasnodar Region and a part of the Caucasus Mineralniye Vody. Rudik controlled almost all of the Mineralniye Vody region and had certain interests in the Krasnodar Region. Their territory was demarcated and their interests did not overlap. Sometimes they cooperated. But very soon Khasan's numeroust proteges began to oust Rudik's people.

Oganov grew angry when Usoyan's people seized the resorts of the Mineralniye Vody region. Rudik could not openly challenge Usoyan - public quarrel over business matters did not match the code of conduct. Than, in 1996 Rudik began discrediation campaign against Grandpa Khasan. Many theives-in-law were dissatisfied with Khasan's activities and with many new people he had crowned. Grandpa Khasan stuck in the gizzard of too many.

Oganov found support among mobsters. Usoyan's attempts to settle the conflict down peacefully had little success. In November 1997 Rudik gathered in Moscow large group of mobsters. Grandpa Khasan was also invited. Nikolay Zykov (Yakutenok), Stepan Furman (Stepa from Murmansk) were present at the assembly. Oganov had a long list of pretentions to Usoyan: luxury way of life typical for nouveau riche and forbidden by the code of conduct, building business empire (forbidden), numerous unjustified coronations of new thieves-in-law (since that time, these mobsters were called Khasan's shtampovka literaly meaning «coining», coining new mobsters) and seisure of $850,000 of treasury, the Armenian mobsters gathered to support convicted gangsters. Grandpa Khasan answered that he adhered to the code of conduct and that money he earned were aimed at supporting inmates and young thieves-in-law.

The assembly consisted mainly of the mobsters who backed Rudik. They decided to «decoronate» Usoyan. Grandpa Khasan said that their decision was illegitimate, because they were not influencial enough to strip him of the title.

In order to finish with Usoyan, in 1998 Rudik's people killed his close assosiate in Pyatigorsk thief-in-law Edvard Amilyan (Edik-Moscow). Usoyan turned his funeral into the assembly of his supporters. Criminal bosses crowned young and promising mobster Aleksandr Khashirov (Khashir). He took the place of Usoyan and began to push Rudik's people out of the Stavropol Region and Mineralniye Vody with redoubled energy. Usoyan went to Kazakhstan where he had connections both in criminal world and in the government. He gave orders from there.

At the beginning he invited participants of the assembly which «decoronated» him to Kazakhstan for talks. The police found out what was the subject of such talks. For instance, in April 1998 Yakutenok flew to Kazakhstan. Grandpa Khasan put the question point-blank: either he stated the reasons why he supported "decoronation" within 20 minutes, or he had only himself to blame. 5 minutes were enough for Yakutenok to fall down and pretend to have fainted. Khasan's people brought Zykov outdoors. Soon he returned to his native Perm. But he was doomed: on 19 June three killers shot Yakutenok and his two bodyguards with machine gun in the night club called Bolid.

Besides explanatory talks, Usoyan tried to gather assemblies. But it was difficult task for the kingpin: according to the criminal laws, «decoronated» mobster had no right to gather assemblies. That is why the majority of mobsters ignored Usoyan's invitations. And only those who were not afraid to show support to him came - Zakhariy Kalashov and Evgeny Vasin in particular. When finally he managed to gather assembly with the large number of participants, his opponents used old Usoyan's method - they stirred up the police against the meeting.

In January 1998 about a hundred of mobsters gathered in a restaurant in the city of Shakhty in the Rostov Region. Hardly they began to talk, the police rushed in and arrested everyone. Grandpa Khasan tried to organise another assembly - but the result was the same. When in 1998 the mobsters decided to meet in Tashkent, local police and criminal groups prompted them not to create problems. Rudik decided not to wait until Grandpa Khasan regained  influence - he decided to deliver a blow first. 

On 8 June Grandpa Khasan and a number of fellow gangsters gathered in the bar called Ruby in Caucasus hotel in Sochi. Suddenly two hit man opened machine gone fire at them through the showcase of the bar. Thief-in-law Tristan Chachanadze (Tristan) and brothers Unoyev were killed. Usoyan was saved by a miracle - a minute before the attack he went out to the toilet.

There were murders in all corners of Russia after the assassination. Almost every week people were killed, either from Usoyan's clan or from Oganov's clan. It was clear there would be no peace between rivals anymore - and the war would end with the death of Grandpa Khasan or Rudik.

All mobsters of the former Soviet Union were involved in the war. Most godfathers tried to maintain neutrality, because everyone understood that further bloodshed could only ruin the whole business. As a result neutral mobsters decided to arbitrate the conflict and invited rivals for talks. Their meeting was planned for 5 September 1998 and should take place in Ukraine. 

Usoyan did not like the idea. He was not going to make one's peace with Oganov. He made arrangements and 300 gangsters from the USSR and USA who gathered in Odessa were arrested by the police.

Grandpa Khasan managed to win many influential mobsters to his side. And than he led the assault. On 20 October three Mercedes were shot near Vlasovo Village, not far away from Naro-Fominsk in the Moscow Region. The hit men first launched grenades and than opened fire from the machine guns. The only car which left the scene intact was Rudolf Oganov's armoured Mercedes. He went to his cottage situated in Vlasovo.

Retaliation came soon. Hit men could not reach Grandpa Khasan, but his protégé fell easy pray. On 26 October Khashirov and a dozen of mobsters from Usoyan's clan met in a restaurant called Bristol in Essentuki. Their feasting was interrupted by two masked man, who opend the fire at the customers. Khashirov, thief-in-law Dmitry Movchan and mobster Abdurakhman Nugayev were killed.

The same night the participant of the assembly Zhulien Apakiya (Jullienne) told about what had happened to his father - influential Moscow's mobster Boris Apakiya (Husky). The latter consulted with his close friend Usoyan, and flew to Yessentuki. As soon as 29 October Husky gathered the majority of Usoyan's supporters in the village called Vin-Sady. The mobsters decided to eliminate the whole clan of Oganov.

For a long time Rudik sit snug in Pyatigorsk, where he had a crew of a dozen of bodyguards who secured him day and night in a cottage. But what happpened next was unexpected. In February 199 a person from Moscow called Rudik by telephone and asked him to come. Rudik did not take securities with him. Only Yury Fedoseev met him in Moscow. On their way to the city from the airport, they came round to a café in 51st kilometre of the Moscow Ring Road.

The events which happened in the café reminded of the film Pulp Fiction. Two people in long overcoats went in the café, the gun tubes facing the ground. They asked: Who is Rudik? Oganov realised it was a very last moment in his life. He stood up and said: I am Rudik. A burst of machine fire killed him. Fedoseev was wounded.

In the following years Grandpa Khasan's people one by one killed mobsters from Oganov's clan and the businessmen affiliated with him. Rudik's brother - thief-in-law Vladimir Oganov (Vachikos the Six-Fingered - he indeed had six fingers on a hand) - was killed. The decision of the assembly in Vin-Sadi was fulfilled. The majority of mobsters tried not to pay attention to the Khasan's violence - success is never blamed.

Having eliminated Rudik and his clan, Grandpa Khasan cleared his way to the throne of the boss of all bosses. But it took time to become chief criminal boss of Russia.


to be continued

Thomas Petrov, Alexey Gordon, Rumafia.com

Ded Hasan made a bid to nephews


One of the most influential "thieves in law", Aslan Usoyan (Ded Hasan) decided to completely change their immediate environment after his life had been attempted. According to Rosbalt, he instructed the nephews, «thieves in law" -Yuri Usoyan (Jura Lazarovsky) and Dimitri Chanturia (Miron) - to manage his criminal empire; later they should become the successors of Ded Hasan. Aslan Usoyan now lives in a cottage in the suburb of Moscow under the protection of a dozen armed men.

According to a law enforcement source of Rosbalt, they found out under the criminal investigation of attempted murder of Aslan Usoyan committed on September, 16 in Moscow, that the sniper who had shot the "kingpin" had an accomplice. He was notifying the killer on the phone of all the movements of Ded Hasan, who also reported when the "lawyer" approached the entrance of his house on Tverskaya Street.

Sniper stayed in an apartment of the opposite building, he did not fire directly out of the window, as they previously assumed. In order to avoid being noticed by passers-by, the attacker had taken a position on the stepladder, located in the back of the room. After having fired a few bullets into the "kingpin" and his security guard, the sniper put a gun on a stool, took off his glove and left the building.

Ded Hasan had got an exit wound in the stomach, but quickly started recovering. As the agency’s source said, immediately after Usoyan had been transferred from intensive care to a general ward in Botkinskaya Hospital, he left the medical facility as he was going to continue treatment at home.

The "thief in law" immediately went to one of the suburban houses, where he is staying by the moment. There he is guarded by a dozen of armed men. Usoyan does not go outside the mansion, preferring to communicate with colleagues in the criminal guild by telephone. Only a few confidents including such "thief in law" as Eduard Asatryan named Edik Osetrina and relatives have direct access to him. Moreover, according to investigators, Ded Hasan intends to rely on the latter ones in the future.

He has also repeatedly called up with "legalist" Lasha Shushanashvili living in Greece, whom Ded Hasan had tasked to manage a number of his overseas projects when being in the hospital. However, according to the agency source, Usoyan has grown cold towards Lasha; he made two of the nephews - "thieves in law" Yuri Usoyan and Dmitri Chanturia his new successors. Yura Lazarovsky will be in charge of his uncle's empire in Krasnodarsky region. And Miron moved from Yaroslavsky Region to Moscow, and participates in all negotiations, in which Aslan Usoyan can not be present because of the injury. Meanwhile, the nephews of Ded Hasan are assisted by his closest confidant, Edik Osetrina. However, according to investigators, the eminent "kingpin" wants them to take his place at the head of the criminal world later on.

As Rosbalt was told in law enforcement office, Yuri Usoyan and Dmitry Chanutriya are quite young "thieves in law" (Miron this summer will be only 29 years old). Yura Lazarovsky has long lived in Krasnodarsky region and is a significant figure in the local criminal community. Dmitry Chanutria was appointed "an alpha dog" at the Yaroslavsky region by Usoyan about five years ago, from where moved to the capital after the attack.

In 2004, Yuri Usoyan and Miron were detained on their way from Yaroslavl to Moscow by operatives of the capital. Lazarovsky was released after a prophylactic conversation - nothing criminal was found with him. Chanturia gave the police officers a fake passport in someone else's name. In 2005 he was convicted under Article 327 of the Criminal Code (creation of false documents), but he did not stay long in detention. "These young "legalists" have a weight in the criminal circles, they are extremely loyal to Usoyan, of course, and Ded Hasan is seeing them as his successors", one of the operatives said to the agency.

As for the reasons for the attempt, according to Rosbalt, Ded Hasan himself has not defined them yet. He has enough of enemies both among "thieves in law" and businessmen, and even among the government officials. It is known that shortly before the attack Aslan Usoyan had had a rather unpleasant conversation about the construction of roads for the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi. Those works in the region are served by the companies, controlled by Ded Hasan, but many people in Moscow cannot agree on such a situation.

However, according to the agency source, Usoyan called "lawyer" Merab Dzhangveladze guilty of the attempt, he is a longtime associate of his opponent, Tariel Oniani."Usoyan’s clan has felt that this person is potentially dangerous; in fact, he has been carried out a death sentence - the agency interlocutor said. Moreover, the brother of Merab, Levon has a team of professional killers, some of whom are former employees of the Georgian special services. They could have taken part in the assassination. "

Source: IA Rosbalt on 29/10/2010

Mysterious death of Lev Grek has undermined the status of Ded Hasan's clan in Europe


The Greek police and forensic experts are studying the circumstances of the mysterious demise of 37-year old member of the Mafia Lavrenty Cholakidis, nicknamed Leva Grek. The deceased was connected with the powerful clan of Ded Hasan, who controls the criminal underworld in the former Soviet Union. Thanks to Cholakidis Ded Hasan extended his influence on Europe, and Greece turned into a kind of "resort for the Russian mafia bosses."

Lavrenty Cholakidis died on May 25 in his house in the prestigious Oreokastro region in the city of Thessaloniki. In the morning after breakfast, a thief in law suddenly lost consciousness and died before the arrival of doctors. By the conclusion of doctors, the death of crime boss was due to sudden cardiac arrest, the newspaper Kommersant reported. It was also reported earlier that Cholakidis could have had a thrombus teared.

Either way, the Greek Police began investigating the case of death of the criminal authority, because he had never complained about his health and had no chronic illnesses. However, the Greek Police do not rule out that Lavrenty Cholakidis could have been killed.

Cholakidis was an active supporter of the criminal clan by Aslan Usoyan, nicknamed Ded Hasan. And the death of Lev Greek is a serious blow to the clan of Usoyan. The victim not only represented the interests of Ded Hasan in the Southern Europe, but also played a key role in moving the gangsters across the continent.

Aslan Usoyan himself has long been an unwanted person, not only for the European Schengen countries, but also for other states. For example, recently he was denied entry even to the Ukraine, though after his deportation the Russian law enforcement authorities demonstrated an accentuated loyalty towards him. Other crime bosses could have difficulties traveling, but all those problems the late Lev Grek used to solve.

According to a senior officer of the Russian Interior Ministry which specializes in combating organized crime, in Greece Cholakidis owned a chain of gas stations and a bus company engaged in passenger transport in Europe. According to intelligence data provided by the officer, " criminal proceeds obtained by clan Aslan Usoyana from illegal gambling, drug trafficking, compensation for criminal protection of the business, selling stolen goods, and others (sources) were laundered through those companies”.

"Thanks to Lavrenty Cholakidis's skill to negotiate with police officials, he managed to turn Greece almost into a sanatorium for the supporters of his clan, who could stay on its territory a long time without being arrested. In addition, the control over the transport company "allowed the right people to get in the right places." Thus, according to the officer, namely Lavrenty Cholakidis provided transfer from France to Greece to a kingpin Shushanashvili Lasha (Lasha Rustavsky), the French police suspected him of involvement in the shooting Vladimir Janashia in Marseille. According to intelligence data, Mr. Shushanashvili is now hiding in Greece in a mansion owned by relatives of Lavrenty Cholakidis.

Recall that in recent years, relations between the two powerful groups of Russian-speaking criminal world has become severely strained: the clan of Tariel Oniani named Taro and clan of Aslan Usoyan nicknamed Ded Hasan. Taro had the strongest positions in Spain, but in 2005 after a large-scale police raid Oniani was forced to flee and get settled in Russia. Then he demanded "his share" in the Russian criminal empire, ruled by the clan of Ded Hasan.

The negotiations led to nothing, and starting from thr end of 2008, Russia began the systematic extermination of crime bosses, and the supporters of Ded Hasan have been most affected.

November 17, 2008, two unknown opened fire at the house number 22 building 3 on the Veernaya street in Moscow and fatally wounded 47-year Gela Tsertsvadze, a close associate to Oniani. And in 2009, two thieves in law, which were closely associated with Ded Hasan, were killed: in February in Moscow, Alek Minalyan, known as Alek Sochinsky was shot, and in May, unknown persons murdered Andrey Golubev (Skif) and his henchmen in the capital.

The biggest loss for the clan of Ded Hasan was the murder of the «father of the Russian mafia» Vyacheslav Ivankov named Jap. Mafioso was shot by a sniper shortly after the arrest of Taro. Doctors of elite hospitals had been struggling for the life of crime boss for several months, but failed to save him.

When Jap got severely injured they began to talk in the criminal world that after his death "rivers of blood" will flow because the clan of Ded Hasan will take revenge on enemies. There was even talked that a hit of 35 Georgian crime bosses had been "ordered".

And after the funeral of Jap the clans war has not only got worsened but also spread to Europe. At the "thieves' meeting held in Barcelona, Spain, Oniani and his supporters were sentenced to death. Since then, members of the criminal clan Taro are dying one after the other, though the killers have not gotten Taro himself yet (Oniani is contained in a special block in detention center "Matrosskaya Tishina"). Over the past few weeks in France, a thief in law Vladimir Janashia (Lado) was killed, while in Greece - a thief in law Malkhaz Kitiya (Makhonia) was killed.

Source: www.newsru.com from 27.05.2010

No one expected Ded Hassan at home


A well-known crime boss, 73-year-old Aslan Usoyan (Ded Hassan) was recently accused by Ukrainian authorities of trying to enter the country on a false passport, and thus got deported to Russia. However, the Russian law enforcement agencies did not file any claims against.

Thief in law was detained on April, 26 in the VIP-hall of Kiev Borispol airport at which he had arrived from Moscow. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Ded Hassan arrived to the country to arrange the meeting of thieves. According the operatives, it was organized for “the purpose of redistribution of spheres of influence in the criminal circles in Ukraine due to the death of Russian criminal authority Vyacheslav Ivankova (Jap)”.

"Mr Usoyan was arrested for attempting to cross the Ukrainian border with forged documents. As soon as the crime (forgery) was committed outside of Ukraine area, it was decided to hand over Mr. Usoyan to the law enforcement agencies of Russia," the chief adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Konstantin Stogny said. According to Ukrainian officials, Aslan Usoyan "was convoyed to Moscow, where he was handed over to Russian authorities." After having a brief conversation with the operatives the thief in law left in an unknown direction.

Interestingly, the Ukrainian law enforcement bodies had previously had claims against Aslan Usoyan, they were more serious than the use of fake passports. In 2009 Former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko called Mr. Usoyan a contractor of the murder Ukrainian businessman Shabab Aloyan. The latter was shot in the city center, along with two guards - members Special Forces Division "Titan" of the State Security Service of Ukraine MIA - Lieutenant Andrey Brezhnev, and Senior Lieutenant Vladimir Isaiah.

After the crime the thieves Merab Asanidze (Chicora) and Basil Stanciu (Vasya Moldovan) were expelled from Ukraine as representatives of the interests of Ded Hassan there. Mr. Stanchu died in a car accident near his ancestral village in Moldova immediately after the expulsion. According to a source in the Interior Ministry of Russia, that was the real reason for the detention of Aslan Usoyana at Borispol airport, but not the fake passport. "Ded Hassan lost his people, and started visiting Ukraine frequently, that made our colleagues displeased. The passport was just an excuse: there no problem with it,» the source said.

Source: Kommersant № 75 (4375) on 28.04.2010

Aslan Usoyan - Thief-in-law


Surname: Usoyan

Name: Aslan

Fathername: Rashidovich

Position: Thief-in-law



Was born on February 20, 1937 in Tbilisi; Kurd.

Four convictions. Was the thief-pickpocket, and since 50th years began to shake rich shadow capitalists in Tbilisi.

"Hasan" is reputed as one of influential criminal leaders of the country supervising several basic Russian-Caucasian criminal "families". He and his accomplices delivered "supervisors" in Moscow, Ural region, in Siberia, in the North Caucasus, Krasnodar. In 1996 "Hasan" was detained on suspicion in the murder organization in Pyatigorsk. His driver was detained as well - four time loser Avdushev George who was at that time the assistant of the vice-president of Legislative Assembly of St.-Petersburg Novoselov. "Hasan’s" group keeps in touch with the Georgian emigration which attends to criminal activity in the different countries, in particular in America, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Israel.


During different periods of time Usoyan was connected with criminal authorities:
- Ivankov Vyacheslav Kirillovich, "thief-in-law", nickname "Yaponchik", condemned in the USA, killed in Moscow;
- Petrov Alexey, "thief-in-law", nickname "Petrik", living in Israel ";
- Mikhailov Sergey, leader of Solntsevskaya criminal group, nickname "Mihas";
- "Dzhamal", - "thief-in-law", authority of Solntsevskaya group;
- Tsihelashvilli Datiko Pavlovich, "thief-in-law", nickname "Dato-Tashkent", known as "owner" of Siberia;
- Mamedov Kar-Ogly Dzhamoevich, 1958, native of Tbilisi, registered: N.Tagil, Altayskaya St., h.хх, ap.171. Nickname "Karo". Protege of "Hasan" in Ural where he is one of chiefs of the organized crime in this region. Heads criminal groups of Nizhny Tagil, keeps in touch with criminal authorities of Georgia, Moscow, and St.Petersburg. They control Perm (through "thief-in-law" nicknamed "Yakutenok" - Zykov Nikolay Stepanovich) and Ekaterinburg (through "thief-in-law" nicknamed "Trofa" - Trofimov Andrey Anatolyevich).
Source: «Compromat.ru», 1998


In 1996 another influential "thief-in-law", three times loser Rudolf Oganov nicknamed Rudik Bakinsky started to show interest to southern region of Russia "supervised" by Usoyan. At first button men were killed in showdowns, then came the turn of criminal elite. The leader of one of clans, "thief-in-law" Amiran Pyatigorsky who was shot in 1996 in Moscow became the first "high-ranking" victim of criminal war. Besides, Rudik convicted Usoyan of concealment of huge profit - for the total control of resort zones of the Caucasian Mineral Waters and also waste of money from "pooled cash fund". When the default happened in Russia it was suddenly found out that the holder of largest in the country thieves' cash desk just before economic crisis enclosed the large part of money in state credit obligations. But they depreciated at once. Here thieves also had a question to Grandpa Hasan - why state credit obligations? Rudik achieved decrowning of Usoyan.

During this period serious blow was struck to a clan of Grandpa Hasan: his supervisors were killed - "thief-in-law" Fighter from Irkutsk and his fellow countryman authority Andrey Vereschagin, "thief-in-law" Sergey Sibiryak.

In the summer of 1998 in one of cafes in Sochi Usoyan was shot. Missed. After that criminal war could not be stopped any more. Almost weekly in Russia there were murders of "thieves-in-law" and the authorities connected with any of contradictory clans.

In Moscow four "thieves-in-law" from the environment of Grandpa Hasan were killed including Alik Minalyan (Alik Sochinsky) and Andrey Golubev (Skif). Detectives consider the conflict between two thieves' clans as the most possible reason of attempt at Yaponchik. One is headed by Usoyan, other – by Tariel Oniani (Taro). Ivankov supported Grandpa Hasan and Taro meanwhile got to the prison; according to experts that could lead to attempt at Yaponchik.
Source: «Moscow truth», 9/10/2009



Aslan Usoyan is, of course, a legend of the Russian underworld. No wonder that large mass-media became interested with him in the mid-nineties. In particular, they wrote about his detention in 1995 in Sochi where he supervised a meeting of 350 participants. Meeting was dispersed. However, there was nothing unlawful in the meeting — authorities were going to celebrate the anniversary of death of thief-in-law Rantik Safaryan and to discuss the issues. Having kind of a feeling of the end of the meeting nobody took weapon and drugs.

In 1996 Usoyan was detained in Petersburg on suspicion in the murder organisation. It happened after in the beginning of 1996 a series of the gangland killings with numerous murders swept across the North Caucasus. In particular the Ministry of Internal Affairs received the operative information that one of the largest Russian criminal authorities Aslan Usoyan was involved to the murder made in Pyatigorsk.

Together with Hasan the driver — four times loser George Avdushev was detained. Subsequently it was found out that Avdushev was the assistant to the vice-president of legislative assembly of St.-Petersburg deputy Victor Novoselov. He was released. Besides, police detained three more persons — two Assyrians and the Georgian which Grandpa Hasan for some reason named as the relatives. During a search at Hasan’s place the TT pistol loaded with eight cartridges was found and at one of the "relatives" — pump-action shotgun. All four were sent to predetention center.

Police operation was not ended up. Investigators departed to Moscow where they conducted a search in Hasan’s hired apartment. There it was withdrawn about 2 kg of jewels, $380 thousand by cash and documents of the various commercial structures controlled by Hasan or created by him. Under the assumption of police in Usoyan’s house the pooled cash fund of the group was stored.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" № 91 (1049), 6/1/1996

Extremely interesting relation between Usoyan and the largest in the country fuel company "Lukoil" was noted by journalists in 1998. In criminal environment Bogomolov Gennady Semenovich is a "thief-in-law", criminal nickname "Bolomol". Supervises activity of fuel company "Lukoil" under "commission" of the Tyumen criminal structures; he got acquainted with their management during his stay in “Lukoil’s” capital Kogalym where he was living after he served a sentence in Corrective Labor Establishment in Labytnangy.
Source: «Compromat.ru», 1998

But in court his case was broken up and soon Hasan was released.

In January, 1998 Aslan Usoyan again got to sphere of journalistic interest in connection with large police detention in Shakhty city (Rostov region). Employees of local Management on Organized Crime dispersed a meeting of 96 criminal "authorities" which gathered from the whole Russia and from the CIS countries. One of the most influential "thieves- in-law" 61-year-old Aslan Usoyan was organizer of the meeting. Thieves from Republic Komi, Stavropol territory, Moscow and Moscow Region, St.-Petersburg, Armenia, Kemerovo region, Tatarstan, Krasnodar area, Alania, Tver, Nizhniy Novgorod, Volgograd, Chernigov, Kirov and Sverdlovsk areas sent their representatives to this meeting. The greatest number, about 20 persons, was presented by Moscow delegation. A receiving party was presented by four Rostov "thieves-in-law": Brick, Edic Red, Grachenok and White. 69-year-old Stavropol "authority" known under a nickname Kosoy was the most elderly among gathered. In total from 20 regions of the country there arrived 96 persons, 50 from which were crowned "thieve-in-law".

According to employees of MOC in agenda of the meeting there was an issue of relations between Hasan and some other "thieves-in-law". They were dissatisfied with activity of Hasan paying a lot of attention to business recently and wished to deprive him of his thief' dignity. Then Hasan arranged meeting which should support him and at the same time punish dissatisfied ones.

Almost everyone including Hasan was released Bidding farewell to police old "thief-in-law" said that "after such greeting he would never set foot on the Don’s ground".
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" № 2 (1405), 1/14/1998

One interesting circumstance of that thieves' meeting also attracts attention: there was "thief-in-law" Matvey Iliadi (Pilidi) who was living in Greece for a long time and was a coordinator of activity of Russian-speaking groups in Eastern and Central Europe.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" № 27 (1430), 2/18/1998

A bit later journalists informed about serious positions that Usoyan obtained in 1994 in Nizhniy Novgorod. It happened after thief-in-law Pavel Zaharov (Cirul) was seized. Thief Zachary Kalashov (Shakro-junior) was Usoyan’s partner in the control over informal business of this region.

However fast enough these positions reeled because of pressure of local police.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" № 134 (1537), 7/25/1998

Next time mass-media became interested in Usoyan again in connection with the thieves’ meeting dispersed by police. This time events happened in Odessa, in the territory of Ukraine. More than 120 persons participated in the meeting. "Thieves-in-law" and "authorities" came here from all CIS countries to decide how to live in a period of crisis, and also to reconcile two famous leaders of the criminal world Rudolf Aganov and Hasan Usoyan (Grandpa Hasan). Probably, therefore the delegation from Russia was one of the most representative on a meeting.

The majority of "thieves-in-law” and among them there were such known leaders of the criminal environment as Usoyan, Pipia and Vagin as usually was released — they did not have even drugs. However, they were forced to get out of the city. They were said to be followed by local police to the airport and railway station.

The gangster meeting organized by the oldest Russian "thief-in-law" Usoyan supposed to conciliate him with not less authoritative Rudolf Aganov. Last accused Grandpa Hasan of waste of thieves' pooled cash fund and last year achieved his decrowning. The conflict between authorities took a giant scope. Actually, as the investigators say, all criminal Russia broke up to supporters and enemies of Grandpa Hasan.

Trying to get back a rank and posts at the same time Hasan (he supervised South of Russia) arranged three meetings — in Rostov region, Ekaterinburg and Tashkent. But all of them were dispersed by police. It was not possible to make it even now as well. First, from 300 invited thieves only 40 arrived, and secondly, police again interfered.

Also in agenda of the meeting there was also an issue of financial crisis. Gangsters put money of the pooled cash fund in state credit obligations and kept it in deposits of the banks many of which became bankrupts.
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" № 167 (1570), 9/10/1998

Next time journalists remembered Aslan Usoyan in connection with murder in Moscow of Petersburg criminal authority Konstantin Yakovlev (Kostya Tomb) who was in close confidential relations with Usoyan. 48-year-old Konstantin Yakovlev and the 27-year-old idle inhabitant of Leningrad region Denis Tsarev (according to some information, the assistant to the deputy of the State Duma Mikhail Zadornov) died on May, 25th, 2003 in Moscow after their car was shot. The car driver 52-year-old Muscovite S.Chikov also died of his wounds, one more passenger - the 30-year-old inhabitant of Petersburg was hospitalized in a grave condition with wound of the left shoulder and a forearm.

Journalists noticed that dead Yakovlev was closely connected to Moscow thief nicknamed "Grandpa Hasan". In the mid-nineties Moscow thieves repeatedly offered Tomb a position of supervisor in Petersburg and, on hearings, even crowning. But he diplomatically refused, managing thus not to offend the gang but, in every possible way underlining that he "did not wish to be involved to criminal environment".

It was possible to consider Tomb’s position really unique. He was named as Petersburg "supervisor" of Moscow thieves, the person of governor Yakovlev and Berezovsky's authorized representative helping to the disgraced oligarch to create business in Petersburg.

Officially Konstantin Karolyevich was a president of TV Development fund but, on hearings, the sphere of his influence included almost all electronic mass-media working on decimeter television channels.
Source: www.fontanka.ru, 5/26/2003

Usoyan was told to notice young Kostya when that transported antiques from Caucasus to Peter as courier, from well-known authority and the future leader of the Georgian opposition Dzhaba Ioseliani to beginning businessman Ilya Traber.
Source: «Moscow truth», 9/10/2009

Interesting things were written about Usoyan by journalists in 2009. According to the press, during Leonid Kuchma's stay at Presidential post in Ukraine at the airport Borispol he was met personally by Grigory Surkis (president of Federation of football of Ukraine, member of executive committee of UEFA, owner of Kiev "Dynamo", real Ukrainian oligarch).
Source: «Moscow truth», 9/10/2009

In the beginning of 2000th years the thieves' theme became so popular that journalists published the letter in which thieves sentenced thief-in-law Tariel Oniani to death. Under the letter there were signatures of influential thieves including: Yaponchik, Grandpa Hasan, Lasha Rustavsky, Jury Pichuga, Vasya Voskres, Oleg Mukha, Kostya Scar, Leha Zabava, Serega Surgutsky, Shakro-junior, Koba Rustavsky.

According to official version, thieves' message was caught by police on September, 19th. Police kind of made own investigation of circumstances of attempt at Vyacheslav Ivankov, more known as Yaponchik, and came to a conclusion that Oniani ordered a hit.

The rumor says that at one of thieves' meetings Yaponchik (Vyacheslav Ivankov) achieved thief Simony to be "decrowned". Yaponchik then was supported by thieves Aslan Usoyan (Grandpa Hasan), Sergey Boitsov (Fighter) and some more criminal authorities. Oniani took it as a personal challenge. Taro is told to be wounded so much that he publicly offended Usoyan and Ivankov. Such insult in the criminal environment can never be forgiven. And it is not a surprise that in 1991 after Ivankov was released ahead of schedule (with support of numerous requests of singer Josef Kobzon, legal expert Sergey Kovalev and ophthalmologist Svyatoslav Fedorov) Tariel Oniani decided to leave the country and to stay in Paris.
Source: Journal "Ogonek" № 21 (5099), 10/5/2009

In the end of 2009 Usoyan again became interesting for journalists who described in details Usoyan’s life earlier partly already known; in this connection they mentioned about one of his relatives It was police lieutenant colonel Boris Pashaev who in the late nineties worked for thieves-in-law issue and was considered as outstanding police investigator. Since 2001 he is considered as dangerous special criminal and is in federal search. He is convicted of robberies, rapes and falsification of evidences. The day before he was supposed to be detained Pashaev hided in Georgia having taken the whole archive. Now the former policeman consults Georgian authorities on thieves' issues.
Source: "Russian Newsweek", 11/16/2009

Next time journalists remembered Aslan Usoyan because Tver regional court of Moscow repeatedly authorized arrest of Alexander Schukin — former deputy Minister of Industry of the USSR, deputy of General Director of ZAO "Voskhod" in Serpukhov, one of the largest in the country manufacturers of a cardboard and paper. Schukin was convicted of extortion in 2008 of the real estate evaluated in $12 million at businessman Evgeny Vasilyev. According to the investigation, last transferred to convict one the company possessing a large warehouse complex after a meeting with him at the restaurant. At that meeting Mr. Schukin was supported by criminal authorities Aslan Usoyan (Grandpa Hasan) and dead Vyacheslav Ivankov (Yaponchik). Protection of Mr. Schukin told that he only tried to indemnify a loss put by relatives and friends of Mr. Vasilyev.

On December, 23rd, 2008, as it comes from case papers, at restaurant "Blue Elephant" on Novinsky boulevard he together with unknown persons required $12 million from Evgeny Vasilyev. When the sustained refused to pay Mr. Schukin and unknown persons threatening him with murder made a new demand — to transfer ZAO "Country Plaza" which owned a warehouse complex in Moscow with total area of more than 10 thousand sq. meters to Alexander Schukin. Mister Vasilyev "got threats really" and signed contract of purchase of ZAO according to which the real estate was sold for $50 thousand. Victim wrote cash voucher, however he was not given any money. Under the application of the victim a criminal investigation of Mr. Schukin was opened.

As victim Vasilyev told at a meeting in the restaurant Alexander Schukin informed that his father-in-law — former chairman of Federation of a judo and sambo-wrestling of Moscow Region Mikhail Sinyakin and also the ex-deputy chief of department "N" of FSB of Russia (supervises customs) Sergey Naumov owe him money. "As the father-in-law at that time was wanted and mister Naumov — in prison I should pay for them", — Mr. Vasilyev remembered that conversation. After that, as he approves, the threats began. As he said, "authorities" which were present at the meeting did not interfere to the conversation, however already their presence convinced Mr. Vasilyev of gravity of the threats.

Journalists mentioned that this event could become a display of the internal conflict in ZAO "Voskhod".
Source: Newspaper "Kommersant" № 222 (4277), 11/27/2009