Thursday, January 17, 2013

Maybe A Life In Russian Organized Crime Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

USA Today has an interesting story of the assassination of a newly elected Russian crime boss who was killed by a sniper in broad daylight after eating lunch in Moscow.
Usoyan, an ethnic Kurd, came from a caste of professional criminals who sport elaborate tattoos, follow unwritten prison laws codified in Stalinist-era Gulags and have been romanticized in countless popular songs, the Associated Press reported. 
Komsomolskaya Pravda said Usoyan, who was involved in illegal gambling, arms and drug trafficking, and the theft of natural resources, was elected the new "godfather" of the Russian underworld following the assassination last October of crime boss Vyacheslav Ivankov, nicknamed "Yaponchik."
Via USA Today
 I guess being named a Russian organized crime boss makes it awfully hard to get life insurance.

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