Skip to comments.Powerful Russian (ethnic Kurd) mob boss killed by sniper in Moscow
Posted on 01/18/2013 12:24:01 AM PST by klpt
One of Russia's top crime lords was gunned down Wednesday in Moscow in what police described as a war between two powerful mobs over lucrative construction projects, allegedly including ones for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Police said an unidentified gunman fired seven shots from a sniper gun at Aslan Usoyan near a restaurant in central Moscow the third assassination attempt on him since the late 1990s.
Usoyan, also known as Grandpa Khasan, was a 75-year-old ethnic Kurd born in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Police say for the past two decades he headed one of the region's most powerful criminal groups, which trafficked in drugs and weapons and controlled underground casinos as well as many legal businesses, including those in the construction industry.
Police said Usoyan was hit in the jaw, hospitalized in a coma and then died. Police said the gunman, who used a state-of-the-art automatic rifle issued to Russian special forces, also injured a passerby, who was hospitalized.
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Usoyan 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.
He was first convicted in 1956 in Georgia and soon became a professional criminal. Like other members of his caste, he was strictly forbidden from befriending men in uniform, avoided luxurious lifestyles, never got married and considered prison his only true home.
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Thank God it only took SEVEN shots.
Maybe Governor Cuomo was really on to something after all.
Representative Nadler probably thought the Sniper was a bit excessive, using almost twice as many bullets as he thought were required to do the deed.
Ah, when you offend someone so much that they care enough to send the very best available.
According to Drunk Uncle Joe Biden, the assassin should’ve just stopped and called it a day.
Gee, if the assassin had a 10 shot clip, he would be arrested by Gov. Cuomo. Lucky guy!
Interesting — a Kurd in Georgia. Kurds are descendents of Medes, but I doubt this guy’s ancestry goes back that far. I wonder how his family got there? Via turkey?
That has resulted in a patchwork of settlement where you have agrarian Turks, Arabs, Persians, etc. living in the lowlands and the Kurds grazing in the adjacent highland plateaus ~ which, of course, has led to thousands of years of conflict.
In Russia, 10 shot mags are legal.
What’s the weight and center of balance on that?
A VSS Vintorez. Interesting. A rifle that fires 9mm subsonic bullets that have a steel core for penetration. Nicknamed the ‘thread cutter.’ Not sure why the shooter needed 7 shots, or maybe he was told to ensure the guy was dead considering he has survived prior assassination attempts.
It weight some 6 pounds. “Sniper rifle” is not that correct definition. It is technically a tactical rifle to penetrate defended perimeters.
We have a suppressed MP5 in our collection.Very quiet,the brass hitting the ground make as much noise as the weapon discharge.
It’s hard to control my NY envy. I shot MP5s in the army 30+ years ago and have dreamed of owning one ever since. You get to own a suppressed MP5 when they just basically outlawed semi-auto rifles and mags over 7 rounds. NY Sucks in more ways every day.
BTW - I leaving the People’s Republic of New York as soon as I find a job out of state in a free state. Sending out more resumes today.
Maybe, maybe not, but some things can't be changed or aren't worth the fight, not while life is short and there are better places to be.
So much for gun control, eh? :’) Thanks Cronos. Three Kurdish activists were assassinated in Paris as well. No reason to look far afield for the perps.
The bloodshed will not end with one less knyaz.