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Caucasian mafia arrested in Cote d'Azur2010-08-31 18:03
In Nice French police arrested the supposed participants of Georgian criminal groupings - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The two supposed participants of Georgian gangs are suspected of a series of crimes, in particular, of money laundering and organisation of a murder.
According to the investigation, one of the arrested will be yielded to Spain, charging him of
money laundering; the other is involved in organisation of an insolent murder. The criminal police of Nice say Caucasian mafia has been very active in Cote d'Azur for a year.
The arrested are also suspected of robbery, selling drugs and arms, money laundering, racketeering, assassinations.
Investigators found out that the criminals try to attract minimal attention and avoid document checks. They are well-dressed, use public transport; even bosses act quietly.
Meanwhile police is alarmed with increased influence of the so-called Caucasian criminal groupings in Cote d'Azur. French experts notice that criminal communities, organized by origins of Caucasus region [mostly Georgia, Armenia, Chechnya] in recent years have grown and are now a serious threat.
In recent year many of them has moved to Russia, where conditions for them are quite favorable. Tariel Oniani, one of the most influential Georgian dons, left for Russia years ago.
A procedure of extradition of the arrested has also been brought.