US Charges 31 Members Of Russian Gang With 'Dizzying Array' Of Crimes

Justin Greene
June 9, 2017

The Shulaya Enterprise, which has links to crime organizations in Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia, is accused of committing a number of crimes including a murder-for-hire conspiracy, a robbery scheme, and stealing cargo shipments containing the chocolate, according to USA Today.

The gang is also charged with attempting to get a woman to seduce a man in Atlantic City, then knock him out with chloroform to rob him.

Two of the defendants were overheard discussing a 10,000-pound shipment of stolen chocolate on a court-ordered wiretap in March, according to the indictment. Seven members of the group are still at large, according to NBC 4.

Federal authorities said that of the charged defendants, 27 are associated with a nationwide racketeering enterprise led by Razhden Shulaya and Zurab Dzanashvili, both Georgian nationals.

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Shulaya was a Russian "vor", one of the first ever charged with racketeering in the United States, prosecutors said, explaining that he belongs to an "order of elite criminals from the former Soviet Union who receive tribute from other criminals, offer protection, and use their recognized status as vor to adjudicate disputes among lower-level criminals".

"Vor" refers to the high-ranking criminals from the former Soviet Union that were respected in the criminal underworld.

The federal government is alleging that the Shulaya Enterprise was active not just in NY, but also in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Nevada.

The group allegedly trafficked stolen goods, including chocolate, cigarettes, and various narcotics. It's also noteworthy that one of the group's biggest charges involved computer hacking-"Using computers is second nature to many of these groups", Mark Galeotti, a Russian crime specialist at the Institute of International Relations Prague in the Czech Republic, told the Times.

The Justice Department said that the Shulaya Enterprise comprised groups of individuals, often with overlapping members or associates, dedicated to particular criminal tasks.

The suspects arrested Wednesday are expected to appear in federal court later in the day.

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