Alleged leader of the Russian underworld released from prison

The alleged leader of the Russian underworld thief-in-law Zakharii Kalashov has been released from a colony in the Krasnodar region, the Mash publication reports. He served about six years out of the 9 years and 10 months of a strict regime colony assigned to him in 2018.

71-year-old Kalashov, known by his nickname Shakro the Young, is called one of the most influential thieves in the law – such a status is assigned to authoritative representatives of organized crime. He succeeded Aslan Usoyan (Grandfather Khasan), who was killed in 2013, in this informal role.

Kalashov received his last sentence on charges of extortion on a particularly large scale. It is reported that he may have been released for health reasons. In 2022, Shakro approached the thieves-in-law with a proposal to end the long-running war between two major clans of thieves.

After Shakro’s release, his proposal may be implemented, Lilia Kharina, editor-in-chief of the Prime-Krime news agency specializing in the thieves’ subculture, suggested in an interview with KP.

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