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Dekanoidze: Ukraine-based mafia bosses promote interests of Russian special services
09:21, 11 July 2016
Dekanoidze: Ukraine-based mafia bosses promote interests of Russian special services

Thieves in law might be making deals with politicians, head of Ukraine’s national police says

09:21, 11 July 2016

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Powerful mafia bosses, so-called ‘thieves in law’, might go into big politics and arrange deals with leading politicians. Such people represent interests of Russian special services in Ukraine. Khatia Dekanoidze, head of Ukraine’s national police, said this in interview with LB.ua.

When answering a question about Georgian mafia bosses and their potential activity in Ukraine, Dekanoidze said the following: ‘Thieves in law are the criminals who are supposed to destabilize the crime rate in Ukraine. I am absolutely sure that all these thieves in law – be they Georgian, Russian or Ukrainian, - act in the service of the FSB (Russian federal security service, - 112 International).

The head of the National Police added that thieves in law might have certain impact on Ukrainian politicians. ‘There are powerful mafia bosses who can get involved in the big politics and make delas with political leaders. That’s what we had in Georgia during the reign of Shevardnadze (Eduard Shevardnadze was the president of Georgia in the 1990s, - 112 International)’, Khatia Dekanoidze said, adding that Georgia adopted the law foreseeing criminal responsibility for membership in criminal circles, while Ukraine failed to pass such law.    

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