Спартак Джапаридзе

Spartak Dzhaparidze (aka: Spartak) 





Escaped from under the nose

However, the organized criminal group of Shushanashvili was by no means ‘decapitated’. Thief-in-law Spartak Dzhaparidze (Spartak) has taken up the torch from Darsadze.

Last time he was spotted by the operatives in May 2016 – during another special operation dubbed “Aikon II” – and brazenly escaped. The police have uncovered a mafia’s base in a Madrid neighborhood and intended to bust it – but as of a sudden, a thin man in glasses went out of the door. Although he went out of the very same door they were about to storm in, the operatives could not believe that this was the wanted suspect. Just in case, a police officer asked the man to show his ID. The person has presented an Israeli passport in the name of Vladimir Shteynberg – and the policeman had to let him go. The officer still had doubts and requested a photo of the suspect. Shortly after the vanishing of the gray man in the crowd, a confirmation has been received – it was Spartak Dzhaparidze.

As of November 2017, there were no announcements of his arrest – so, apparently, Dzhaparidze remains on the loose and continues ruling the gang.

Копия поддельного паспорта Джапаридзе

Copy of the fake passport of Dzhaparidze

The Spanish anti-mafia legislation is pretty harsh, but the question is: would the arrest of the current gang leader change the overall situation in any way? No, unlikely. Another crowned thief would come instead of him – there are plenty of thieves-in-law among the Georgians.

Spain is one of the many European countries desperately struggling against gangs controlled by Russian thieves-in-law without much result. Generations of professional criminals alternate – but the situation remains the same. Kalashov, Oniani, once-prominent member of Malyshevskie and Tambovskiegangs Gennady Petrov, and, of course, Aleksander Malyshev – all of them were tried in Spanish courts. Kalashov once said: “I like Spain because it resembles Georgia by its nature”. It seems that by its own, Spain can never overcome this hydra growing endless new heads.


BACKGROUND: Spartak’s gang




The gang leader is hiding in Naples.

The Spanish National Police conducted a large-scale cleansing in Madrid and Barcelona. The extensive special operations resulted in arrest of about 50 burglars of Georgian descent. The police however failed to detain the gang leader, thief in law Spartak Dzhaparidze, or simply Spartak, who is believed to be hiding in Naples, Italy.

Investigators believe that the Spartak’s gang has committed about a hundred burglaries in the Kingdom.

Some of the gang members are yet to be detained. To catch the gang, the Spanish and French police went to Georgia, where they, together with their local counterparts are going to have a few Europol-led special operations.

In June, 18 members of the Georgian gang were arrested in Spain’s Tarragona. Police believe the gang to be the one that has been notoriously involved in home burglaries.

We should remind our readers that in recent years the Spanish police have stepped up the fight against the Russian mafia, namely Tambov and Tagansk gangs, two of the largest Russian mafias. This summer, the security forces arrested some of the Russian mafia bosses affiliated with the Russian criminal underworld laundering their money abroad.