Accused Leader Of Russian Mob Arrested In Las Vegas
Federal prosecutors are charging more than two dozen people believed to be Russian mobsters and their associates of racketeering and other illegal activity.
One of the alleged leaders of a Soviet mafia syndicate was arrested in Las Vegas Wednesday morning and appeared in federal court for a brief hearing later in the day. Authorities have described Razhden Shulaya as a leader of an elite order of Soviet criminals.
The indictment provides an image of a powerful crime boss who ran The Shulaya Enterprises. The group’s alleged crimes include illegal gambling, cigarette trafficking, bribery, extortion and credit card fraud, as well as a more unusual charge of stealing a cargo shipment with 10,000 pounds of chocolate.
A magistrate judge in Las Vegas ordered his transfer to New York, where the case is being prosecuted.