Nearly three dozen purported Russian mobsters were hit with federal charges Wednesday alleging a wide variety of gangland crimes, new court documents reveal.
Of the 33 alleged wiseguys charged, around 20 now face racketeering conspiracy charges for their work under Razhden “Brother” Shulaya, a just unsealed indictment maintains.
Shulaya, part of an “order of elite criminals from the former Soviet Union,” orchestrated offenses ranging from trafficking stolen cigarettes and chocolate to illegal gambling, the feds allege.
Shulaya’s thugs operated across the U.S., including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and Nevada as well as abroad, prosecutors claim.
Two others charged are accused of conspiring to commit murder for hire.
It is unclear how many of those charged have been arrested. Those taken into custody are expected to go before a judge later Wednesday, according to a source.
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