I've been trying all day to confirm this little item that I saw this morning on a heretofore unknown (to me) web site called PrimeCrime.ru.
The web site details the legal tribulations faced by Russia's colorful crime bosses known as vory-v-zakone, or "thieves-in-law," a notorious fraternity that has its own behavior code, laws, courts, leaders, initiation rites and bitchin' tattoos.
According to PrimeCrime.ru, 30-year-old thief-in-law Dzhemal Mamoyan, known in the criminal underworld by the nickname "Jacko Tbilisi," was detained by
Police patted Jacko down, discovered
After the officers left him alone in the bathroom to tend to his business, Jacko pulled out a pocket knife and, in an apparent crude attempt at Seppuku, jammed it into his abdomen, PrimeCrime.ru reported.
He was hospitalized at
Jacko Tbilisi is, unsurprisingly, a native of the Georgian capital of
Attentive readers may recall that Grandpa Khasan was one of dozens of suspected crime bosses detained on a yacht on the Pirogovskoye Reservoir, several kilometers northeast of
A city police spokeswoman said Monday she knew nothing of Jacko Tbilisi's supposed ritual suicide attempt, nor did a spokesman for the
Repeated calls to the
For those of you interested in news on thieves-in-law, I highly recommend PrimeCrime.ru. Also, for a fun list of colorful thief-in-law nicknames, check out this old list of crime bosses from Compromat.ru.
A few of my favorites:
- Alexander "The Boar" Zagorodnikov
- Yevgeny "Zhenya the Asian" Dmitryev
- Yevgeny "The Pawn" Pershin
- Pavel "Bonzai" Romanov
- Soslanbek "The Mexican" Apayev
- Ruslan "Ruslan the Gray" Gulariya
- Rostan "Ronny-Boy" Iyubidze
And, finally, this guy from a recent PrimeCrime report:
- Gennady Romanov, a.k.a. "The Elephant" or "Chamomile".
The Moscow Times by Carl Schreck