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Russia's most infamous contract killer has boasted of his behind-bars relationship with a glamorous "model and psychiatrist".

Photos have emerged of smirking assassin Alexey Sherstobitov, 51, and Marina Sosnenko, 31, who claims she “got interested” in the mass murderer after reading one of his fantastical novels.

She has now married Sherstobitov, who is currently 10 years into a 23-year jail term for dozens of murders.

Sosensko said: "I felt through pages of his book how many worries, sufferings and troubles he went through.

"I felt that I really wanted to support him and share his troubles.

"I wrote him via the internet at the end of October 2015.

"He answered.

"Our relations developed fast."

Sosensko, who is Sherstobitov's third wife, is thought to have worked as a model for Vivienne Westwood’s fashion house.

But she has claimed on social media she's a psychiatrist and received medical education during service in the Russian Navy.

The Kirov Military Medical Academy - where she was supposed to have been trained - denied knowledge about her.

And a photo of her wearing medical uniform and holding a gun has links to a major St Petersburg psychiatric clinic, but staff there also denied any knowledge of her.

Sosensko's mum Natalia insisted she is happy her daughter has wed a former gangster.

She said: "I wasn’t scared and I am not scared now.

“I think it’s completely fine that they decided to get married.

“Marina came to visit me soon after the wedding and shared her positive impressions.”

Sherstobitov was once dubbed Russia's "most notorious hitman" by the country's press for his killing spree.

He once earned the equivalent of £40,000 (3.4 million Russian Rubles) each month as a contract killer.

He targeted wealthy businessmen, including nightclub owner Losif Glotser and entrepreneur Otari Kvantrishvili.

But Sherstobitov, nicknamed Lesha the Soldier, was finally found guilty of murdering a dozen people in 2008.

Now he claims he is a reformed man, and has penned several novels during his time inside.

One of which, called Experts, is dedicated to his new wife.

No, The Mafia Doesn't Own Cybercrime:

Organized crime does, however, sometimes provide money-laundering and other expertise to cybercriminals.

BLACK HAT USA 2018 - Las Vegas - Organized crime organizations play less of a role in cybercrime than you'd think. Instead, a new generation of criminal entrepreneurs runs much of the cyberattack operations worldwide, according to new research presented here today.
Over a seven-year period, Jonathan Lusthaus, director of the human cybercriminal project at Oxford University's sociology department, studied the role of mafia/organizations in cybercrime in 20 different countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Nigeria, Brazil, China, and the US. He found that while organized crime provides help or guidance to cybercrime gangs or campaigns in some cases, the bulk of these hacking enterprises are conducted by a new breed of criminal.
"I was a little surprised by the limited role that organized crime appears to play in cybercrime," Lusthaus said. "I was particularly surprised that I didn't find more cases where these groups were protecting cybercriminals."
But that actually makes sense, he said. "Cybercriminals often aren't competing with each other in a traditional territorial way, so they don't always need gangsters and strongmen to keep them safe or resolve disputes between them," he explained. "There are some examples of this but many others where mafias just aren't present."
The premise that organized crime and cybercrime are one and the same has been based mainly on "innuendo" and assumptions, according to Lusthaus, who presented his findings here in his talk "Is the Mafia Taking Over Cybercrime?"
Organized crime organizations' cybercrime activity is "more nuanced," according to Lusthaus, happening in a more "organic" fashion. "They tended to get involved in ways that matched their traditional skill sets and where there was a genuine need for what they could provide, such as in running money-mule or money-laundering operations," he said. "It's also clear that they are using technology to enhance their other criminal operations, though this isn't cybercrime per se."
Where organized crime organizations intersect with cybercrime falls into four activities, according to Lusthaus' research: providing protection for cybercriminals, investing in cybercrime ops, acting as "service providers" for a cybercrime scheme, and helping guide cybercriminals in their activities.
Lusthaus interviewed hundreds of law enforcement officials, former cybercriminals, and other experts and individuals in the private sector for his research, which is based on his newly published book, "Industry of Anonymity: Inside the Business of Cybercrime."
Lusthaus found an interesting paradox: While many of the people he interviewed believed organized crime plays a major role in cybercrime, few were able to provide examples. "Many participants in this study believed that organized crime involvement in cybercrime was substantial. But when pressed, this appeared to be a theoretical rather than an empirical view," he wrote in a white paper he released in conjunction with his Black Hat presentation.
'Service Provider'
That said, Lusthaus found several examples where organized crime and cybercrime work together.
In some cases, organized crime groups are investing financially in cybercrime, mainly as a way to leverage outside hacking expertise to make money. In one case shared by a UK law enforcement official, a cybercriminal got funding from a "well-established" organized crime syndicate to fund the work of a programmer to write software that would allow the group to obtain payment card information from banks. That deal backfired after a dispute between the cybercriminal and the group, and the cybercriminal had to go on the run after his life was threatened.
Lusthaus also said there are cases of organized crime groups offering their own services to cybercrime operations, including the "offline" money-laundering of stolen money. One high-profile case was the 1994 breach of Citibank by Vladimir Levin, who had millions of dollars from the hack laundered in illegal money transfers. A US law enforcement official said a Russian mafia group in St. Petersburg called the Tambov Gang financed and handled the flow of those stolen funds to Russia.
Lusthaus found other examples, as well – most recently mafia groups that smuggle between Eastern and Western Europe card skimmers and blank cards used for counterfeit credit and debit cards using stolen account information.
Organized crime also can serve as a coordinator for specific cybercrime operations. "This usually involves recruiting those with technical skills, among others, to carry out the jobs," Lusthaus wrote in his paper.
Interestingly, mafia groups rarely provide protection for cybercriminals, his research showed. That role typically gets filled by law enforcement or political figures for a monetary price.
Meanwhile, Lusthaus pointed out a way to deter cybercrime: by recruiting and hiring cybersecurity professionals in regions where cybercrime ops are rampant and often the only option for these individuals, such as in some Eastern European countries.

Kelly Jackson Higgins is Executive Editor at DarkReading.com. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise 

Revda underboss previously convicted for 20 years gets out of jail

Nikolay Smovzh

The court released Nikolay Smovzh from prison due to his health problems. petition for early release due to illness.
Famous criminal from Sverdlovsk region Nikolay Smovzh is going to be released from prison 15 years before his due date. As reported by URA.RU, the Sinarsky District Court of Kamensk-Uralsky confirmed the lower court's decision to release Smovzh for health reasons. In the near future, the court's decision will be appealed by the prosecutor's office in the Sverdlovsk Regional Court.
Recall that Smovzh, known as Revda underboss, was sentenced to 19 years in a strict-regime colony for an attack on two people in 2007, as well as for shooting a visitor at the Pampasi cafe in 2004. In addition, the investigation proved that the criminal is involved in several murders in the ‘90s and ‘00s.
Thus, taking into account his stay in a pre-trial detention center, Smovzh spent four years in prison. In March 2018, the Verkh-Isetsky Court of Yekaterinburg fulfilled his application for release in connection with a disease, yet the prosecutor's office challenged it.
The supervisory authority insisted that Smovzh got ill back in the 1980s. Also, the prosecutor's office noted that the release would not contribute to However, the doctor who conducted the examination did not have a license.

The FSB detained seven people in Moscow on suspicion of extortion.

The FSB detained seven people in Moscow on suspicion of extortion. Among them was Yury Yesin, going by nickname Samosval, who was named in the case of ‘Russian mafia’ in Italy in the 1990s.
In the morning of Thursday, August 9, investigators of the Investigation Department for the Eastern Administrative District of the ICR’s Main Investigative Directorate for Moscow and Moscow Criminal Intelligence officers with the support of the FSB operatives detained 67-year-old Yury Yesin, a source in the central office of the MIA told RBC, sources in the territorial police department and the ICR’s MID in Moscow confirmed the information. Earlier, Kommersantcalled Yesin "a crime lord nicknamed Samosval."
"Together with Yesin six more people were detained, it is known that they are suspected of committing crimes under Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling), Art. 163 (Extortion), Art. 222 (Illegal Possession of Firearms)," the RBC's interlocutor from the police told. According to him, searches and detentions began early in the morning and are still ongoing.
The Investigative Directorate of the ICR for the Eastern Administrative District declined to comment.
In 2010, employees of the Moscow Criminal Intelligence detained Yesina and 23 other people in metropolitan karaoke bar Zebra, MK reported. The meeting took place on September 16, the day a sniper committed an attempt on Aslan Usoyan (Ded Khasan) in the center of Moscow.
The report said that among the gathered were representatives of Solntsevskaya and Kuntsevskaya criminal communities. It also remarked that "the leaders of these groups have long ago become businessmen and do not identify themselves with crime." According to the operative data, they planned to discuss the issues of the division of spheres of influence in Moscow, as well as to resolve the "conflict situation", the report of Moskovsky Komsomolets read.
Yesin became known after his arrest in Italy, where he moved in 1995. In March 1997, he was detained in the resort town of Madonna di Campigli, along with 13 other Russian citizens during a special operation of the Italian police targeting the ‘Russian mafia.’ They were accused of belonging to organized crime and laundering millions of dollars through investments in tourism and real estate. As Yesin said in an interview with Kommersant in 2002, the case involved the laundering of $6 billion. He also claimed that one of the witnesses in the case had testified that in Moscow Yesin’s gang consisted of 900 people and had an arsenal of weapons, as well as a submarine for the transport of drugs.  

Kazan-Kaliningrad-Geneva mob transit

Shadow merchant from Kaliningrad proves to be a partner of criminal kingpin from Kazan. Criminal laundering scheme includes Swiss banks, Cyprus companies and famous British jewelery brand Graff.

On June 27, 2018, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper published an article about a controversial investigation under the headline "Diamonds and Mafia". The article was about the relationship between the British jewelry company Graff Diamonds Ltd and members of an organized criminal group from Tatarstan who were laundering their criminal revenues through investments and sales of diamonds in Cyprus.
The scale of what happened was difficult to overestimate. For example, Graff made a final and irrevocable decision to terminate the relations that had been defaming its business reputation. The company deleted all information about the Cypriot shop from its website within a few days.
Nevertheless, the publication has unveiled not only shady schemes of Russian mafia mobs in the transparent European business, but also revealed the involvement of a number of figures in them, whose names had remained in the shadow for a long time.
As it turned out, one of the main beneficiaries of the fraud scheme in Cyprus was an inconspicuous entrepreneur from Kaliningrad, Alexei Streletsky. Unlike his "partner" in the criminal world, Tatar mobster Rustem Magdeev, aka Broiler, whose name has repeatedly appeared in Russian and foreign media in connection with high-profile scandals and revelations, Streletsky did not at all expect that his activities would receive an extensive coverage in the press.
We established that Mr. Streletsky prefers to introduce himself as a modest entrepreneur who owns the Gvardeisky Meat Factory in the Kaliningrad region, and who also has interests in the development business in Russia and Germany.
However, the man hiding behind this mask is a completely different person. He is the head of an organized criminal syndicate, through which billions of shadow money are laundered. The money from this syndicate flows to the West, mostly to Switzerland, to the world-famous bank UBS Switzerland AG, where the money is invested in stocks, bonds and other securities and financial instruments known as "blue chips" on the international market.
Alexey Streletsky, his wife Natalia, and their offshore companies, such as Stream Ventures Ltd and Zolovery Holdings Ltd, which do not provide their accounting reports, have long and firmly established themselves in the Zurich branch of UBS Switzerland AG bank. Frankly speaking, the managers of the Swiss bank turn a blind eye, perhaps for a compensation, to the origin of the funds of their clients. They do not even think that those capitals are shady, let alone the fact that they belong to other more prominent representatives of criminal and bureaucratic circles of Russia.
The shadow entrepreneur from Kaliningrad  turned out to be a partner of a criminal kingpin from Kazan. The reasons, for which the authorities of the country known for the quality of its watches and chocolate do not seem to notice thuggish actions of such clients from Russia are easy to explain.  
A small but successful Zurich-based law firm Dietrich Baumgartner & Partner keeps shady entrepreneurs from Kaliningrad under the patronage of its partners in Switzerland - Andres Baumgartner and Fabio Delco. The latter are known for their "heavy" list of "sanctioned" customers from CIS countries, most of whom rarely get along with law.
In another Swiss canton, in Geneva, Mr. Streletsky and his friends receive priceless services to launder dirty Russian capitals from another law firm, Froriep Legal SA, one of the partners of which, lawyer Dmitry Pentsov of St. Petersburg, already established a strong "business relationship" with a businessman from Königsberg (former name of Kaliningrad) in a hope to receive regular income and generous "tips."
As for the offshores controlled by the criminal Kaliningrad clan, one could not do without Cyprus there either.
Business interests of Alexei Streletsky's companies never pass by the partner of a little-known company from Larnaka, Harris Kyriakides LLC, - lawyer Michalis Kyriakides, who manages to "serve" two "bosses" at once. Michalis Kyriakides represents "legitimate" interests of Mr. Magdeev, aka Broiler, and the infamous Graff boutique in Limassol.
Curiously, it has been reported recently that another British company, Halcyon Gallery Ltd, has also terminated its ties with Magdeev and Streletsky's Cypriot company Equix Group Ltd (Magdeev's son Ernest was involved in Equix operations as well, though he has Swiss passport). Strangely enough, such a development played into the hands of Mr. Kyriakides, who managed to replace his shabby furniture with luxurious armchairs and sofas that were previously used for respectable customers of the contemporary art gallery.
The cooperation of Harris Kyriakides LLC with the criminal tandem of Magdeev and Streletsky opened new opportunities for Michalis. Today, as it turns out, he openly promotes his "partnership" with Dietrich Baumgartner & Partner and affectionately calls Mr. Delco his "friend."
It seems that the firm ties between Alexei Streletsky and Rustem Magdeev and organized criminal groups associated with them do not confuse the Swiss-Cypriot alliance of lawyers. Unfortunately, such clients remain the main source of income for them. One is left to wonder how long this criminal mayhem is going to last, and when law-enforcement authorities are going to pay attention to it.

See more at http://www.pravdareport.com/news/business/companies/02-08-2018/141332-graff_diamonds-0/

Russian sisters who killed 'mafia boss' dad are accused of making up story about his 'years of sexual abuse'

Mikhail Khachaturyan, 57, was attacked by his daughters Kristina, 19, Angelina, 18 and
Three Russian sisters charged with the murder of their 'mafia boss' dad have been accused of making up a story about 'years of sexual abuse'.
Mikhail Khachaturyan, 57, was attacked by his daughters Kristina, 19, Angelina, 18 and Maria, 17, who confessed to jointly killing him.
He was found with 36 stab wounds and ten hammer blows to the head in the block of flats where the family lived in Moscow, Russia.
A Moscow court has now refused to free the teenagers from detention despite their claims they acted in self-defence against a monster father who allegedly raped at least two of the girls.
Currently they are accused of acting as a gang in a premeditated murder with a sentence of between eight and 20 years - but a formal decision on custody is expected within 72 hours.
A video shows Angelina in a Moscow court cage during a custody hearing as distressed friends look on.
Friends of the sisters claim that their father sexually attacked her on 21 July, less than a week before the girls knifed him to death.
She has also alleged that he raped her - then aged 14 - in a hotel in Israel in four years ago.
Two years later the sisters claim he sexually attacked Kristina who then tried and failed to take her own life.
He was accused of being a drug dealer, setting up web cameras in the family home to monitor the girls - and forcing them to parade naked in front of him.
At the same time he was seen by friends as a “devout” Christian - a video shows him bathing in the River Jordan.
A close female family member has anonymously disputed the sisters’ account, while a lawyer acting for the dead man - who has himself been branded a mafia king with friends in high places in Russia - claimed the version of his daughters that they were sexually abused was incorrect.
George Chuguashvili said: “He was a strict father. Perhaps he did not meet modern requirements, maybe even a tyrant.
“But he never used violence against his children. It's all fiction for the defence.”
The relative said: “Mikhail was strict, but a very kind and good person. Everyone respected and loved him.
“He did a lot of good for his daughters. They killed a sleeping man..... I do not know how to name such daughters…”

A family friend called Bruce Khlebnikov said he saw the crime scene and the family flat was “covered in blood”.
“After he was killed, a crowd of people gathered at his house - friends, acquaintances, relatives,” he said, describing Khachaturyan, an ethnic Armenian, as a “holy man”.
“Everyone was crying. No one could believe that the murder was committed with particular cruelty by his own daughters.”
Khlebnikov, formerly known as the “strongest boy in the world", claimed: “He loved his daughters so much, he was always talking about them.
“And how he spoiled them, you cannot even imagine. All that the golden youth could have - these girls had.”
He was poised to buy a car for his eldest daughter. He did not spare money for them on their belongings and trinkets.
“His girls wore the most fashionable things, he bought them new iPhones, and they had all the gadgets they wanted.
“They did not know the word ‘refusal’.”
But he accused the sisters of not doing anything at home - “they lived for their own pleasure” - after their mother left home.
He accused the teenagers of “provoking” their father who wanted them to grow up as “decent” women.
He operated an 8pm curfew and tried to stop them meeting young men, he admitted.
Neighbour Varvara Sibirskaya said: “He forced his daughters to be naked at home, to sing and dance for him. He also drugged them….
“He beat them, not just with hands, but with a belt, and iron rods. He tied them and burned the with iron.”
Another local said: “Any woman to him was like a red rag to a bull. He yelled at them every single day in obscene words.”
When they had birthdays, he invited his friends, not theirs.
A friend of the daughers, called Irina, said the three “constantly hid bruises on their bodies”