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Wanna pizza me? Mafia thugs storm Italian restaurant in Russia and smash it up over 'protection racket'



Police believe the baseball bat-wielding men were sent by a gangster
They believe it was because the restaurant owner would not pay up
Four employees were hurt in the attack - two were seriously injured

By JILL REILLY


CCTV footage has caught the terrifying moment dozens of mafia thugs stormed a pizza restaurant and smashed in an alleged protection money racket.  Police are convinced the baseball bat-wielding mob were sent by a gangster because the restaurant owner in the federal subject of Krasnodar Krai, near the Black Sea, was not paying his due to the mob.

The restaurant, which is a favourite of local youngsters and businessmen, was suddenly stormed on Tuesday evening by 40 masked men who set about demolishing the fixtures and fittings and beating up the staff.
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CCTV footage has caught the terrifying moment dozens of mafia thugs stormed a pizza restaurant and smashed it up in an attempt to force the owner to pay protection money

Police are convinced the baseball bat-wielding mob were sent by a gangster because the restaurant owner in the federal subject of Krasnodar Krai, near the Black Sea, was not paying his due to the mob

The restaurant, which is a favourite of local youngsters and businessmen, was suddenly stormed on Tuesday evening by 40 masked men who set about demolishing the fixtures and fittings and beating up the staff
Ruben Zubarev, a customer who was inside at the time, said: 'They just stormed in and shouted out: "Nobody move and you won't get hurt. We're not here for customers." '
'Then they dragged two staff people outside and began beating them with their bats.

'There was crockery flying, great holes knocked in the plaster in the wall, tables smashed.
'The sound of the bats biting into bone and flesh was quite sickening. I just sat there trying not to look.'

Ruben Zubarev, a customer who was inside at the time, said: 'They just stormed in and shouted out: "Nobody move and you won't get hurt. We're not here for customers"'

Damage to the restaurant is estimated at over £20,000 The attack was over in minutes, but it left four employees injured, two seriously. Damage to the restaurant is estimated at over £20,000.  Police say the attack presented all the hallmarks of a mafia 'lesson,' probably as a result of the boss either refusing to pay protection money or being late on his payments. 'We are investigating,' said police, 'but it is difficult. 'The men were masked and the employees say they know nothing.'