Urals suspects thief in law Avto leading car scammers gang of murderShota Katamadze




Previously tried for organizing the massacre in the Urals village of Sagra, crime lord Shato Katamadze has recently been released from the remand center, although he is still under investigation within a fraud case.

Crime boss Shota Katamadze, previously convicted of orchestrating violent arrest in the village of Sagra near Yekaterinburg, may be involved in the murder of a gas station guard of a large oil company near the village of Gorny Shchit in the summer of 2015, reports AiF-Ural.

The security guard of the gas station was killed during a robbery, which resulted in the stealing of a small sum of money. According to the publication, although the crime has not been officially detected, immediately after the murder, operatives made a determined effort. In particular, through the car on footage from the surveillance cameras, a few months after the murder, the investigation closed in on a group engaged in fraud in the field of auto insurance. However, the wiretapping, of auto-supporters showed that they were not complicit in robberies and murders. Subsequently, the investigation into the killing of the guard was suspended.

It was recalled only in the summer of 2017 when a group of car crooks was detained. According to URA.Ru, the scammers bought expensive cars, insured them mainly in Surgutneftegaz, and then mimicked a road accident.

An essential piece of evidence against Katamadze – a gun from which the gas station guard was slain – was found and seized by law enforcement officers in August 2017 when members of the gang of auto swindlers were detained, after which the owner of the weapon gave confessions about all participants in the attack on the gas station, including against the gang leader, Shota Katamadze.

It is noteworthy that by that time Katamadze was released from the detention center by the decision of Verkh-Isetsky Court of Yekaterinburg, which refused the investigation to satisfy the petition for the extension of his detention.

Earlier, The CrimeRussia reported that 37-year-old Shota Katamadze was detained in July 2017 along with six members of the gang led by him. The criminal case against them was initiated under item (b), part 3 of Art. 163 of the Criminal Code (Extortion) and part 2 of Art. 159.5 of the Criminal Code (Swindling in the insurance industry). All of them are charged with at least a dozen criminal counts.

As part of the investigation of the case, the law enforcers found out that the gang members bought expensive cars, simulated accidents, smashing cars with sledgehammers and getting insurances. The gang of ‘auto insurers’ included the son of the judge of Sverdlovsk Arbitration Court, Elena Bikmukhametova, Rinat and the owner of the car-care center, where the bandits smashed cars, Rasim Ramazanov. Three of the seven suspects went to a deal with the investigation and were subsequently transferred to house arrest. Damage to insurance companies for each of them is estimated at between 300 and 400 thousand rubles ($4.7-6.3 thousand), as only expensive cars participated in fictitious road accidents.

To recap, Shota Katamadze was previously tried for organizing a resonant armed attack on the village of Sagra in 2011. In March 2013, he was sentenced to 4 years in prison, but six months later the Supreme Court changed the sentence for a suspended term of 2 years and 2 months. Katamadze is known in the Urals as a crime boss, law enforcers consider him the right-hand man of thief in law Avtandil Kobeshavidze (Avto). Earlier it was reported that when, after the liberation of Avto from the colony in 2016, the Ural law enforcers urged the crime lord not to appear in Yekaterinburg, Shota Katamadze became his liaison with the Urals criminals, and also, according to unconfirmed reports, was in charge of the Georgian common fund.

BACKGROUND: Thief in law Gia Sverdlovsky receives delegations

Thief in law Gia Sverdlovsky receives delegationsABOVE + BELOW – Georgy Akoev (aka: Gia Sverdlovsky)

Gia Sverdlovsky back in Yekaterinburg after 11 years’ imprisonment





Georgy Akoev, who has returned to Yekaterinburg after years of imprisonment, strengthens his dominance in the criminal circles.

Georgy Akoev, the grandnephew of Ded Hasan known as thief in law Gia Sverdlovsky, has become particularly proactive since he got out of jail. AIF-Ural reported citing its sources that he regularly meets with people who have a reputation in the criminal world. The sources named some cronies of the thief in law Vladimir Zyatkov, aka Zyatek (son in law) among the recent visitors.

“The nature of the visit was diplomatic: to recognize Gia as one of the bosses,” the source said.

Gia Sverdlovsky served an 11-year sentence for robbery. In August 2017, he gathered all the thieves on the Yekaterinburg Moskovsky Trakt. Akoev’s supporters attended the gathering, including the common cash fund keeper Vladimir Solomennikov aka Soloma and the city underboss Levan Akoev (Leva). Some of the cronies of the thief in law Avtandil Kobeshavidze aka Avto also came to the meeting.

Earlier, certain well-informed sources had told the CrimeRussia that once free, the thief had every chance to settle in the city and claim the title vacant since 2014, after the death of his uncle Timur Sverdlovsky. That is, to become the leader of the local underworld.

We should remind that Akoev was thief-crowned in jail in 2008 as a protégé of his late uncle Temuri Mirzoev (Timur Sverdlovsky) and Aslan Usoyan (Ded Hasan). Gia Sverdlovsky is a grandnephew of the latter. Akoev is also the godson of the powerful Pichuga (Little bird), adding to this criminal kinship.

Earlier, it was Avtandil Kobeshavidze, Shakro Molodoy’s crony, who had tried to claim the place of the region’s “master-thief” in January 2016. However, Avto was not allowed to do whatever he wanted to in the Urals capital and after a talk with the siloviki, the thief was forced to leave the Sverdlovsk region. According to the latest information, he went to the south of Russia, the city of Rostov-on-Don, but Avto’s people remained in Yekaterinburg to continue their criminal business.