Notorious Russian Crime Boss Vyacheslav Ivankov Is Buried


Russian Mafia Crime Boss Vyacheslav Ivankov aka “Yaponchik” or “Little Japanese” was shot in Moscow this July (July 28th) by an unidentified sniper in a mini-van who then fled in another vehicle after the hit was completed outside of a local restaurant. He was severely wounded (shot three times in the stomach) and was hospitalized.

The 69-year-old spent months in intensive care before succumbing to his wounds last month. Reports at first was that at the first of October, Ivankov was feeling better, then suddenly in a turn of events, he suddenly felt worse and passed away.

Indications from both law enforcement and other criminal leaders is that Ivankov was trying to settle a feud between two Russian crime factions run by Tariel Oniani and Aslan Usoyan. It has been said that Ivankov backed Usovan. However, there is no proof of this at this time that it was one of Oniani’s men.

The Vyacheslav Ivankov was also tied to the Mogilevich Organziation (and it is unsure if he was tied to the Solntsevskaya Organization).

Ivankov was buried on October 13, 2009 in the Vagankovskoye cemetery.
Russian television repeatedly broadcast news reports of the funeral, a sign of Ivankov’s infamy as a mob boss who built criminal empires in the former Soviet Union and the United States during a career that lasted four decades. He was accused of involvement in gun-running, racketeering and drug trafficking. He was well known outside Russia and was considered to be one of the leaders of the entire Russian mafia by the special services of many countries, including the USA.

He moved to the United States in 1992, claiming to be interested in film projects, and began to terrorize the Russian community in New York’s Brighton Beach. At one point, he also attended a summit in Miami of Russian gangsters to divide up the US into gang “turfs”. He was deported back to Russian and soon indicted for the death of two people almost twelve years prior along with an accomplice named “Plum.” However, when he was at trial the witnesses claimed to have never seen the Crime Lord before.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ivankov was born on January 2nd, 1940. He was involved in theft since he was 14 years old. In 1965, he was arrested for the first time for pickpocketing.

During his arrest, Ivankov physically resisted the police, and was sent for a psychiatric evaluation. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and sent for a compulsory treatment, but later escaped the clinic. In the years to follow, this diagnosis helped him to avoid punishment for small crimes. His diagnosis was overturned in 1974.

Thanks to his achievements in boxing, Ivankov was accepted in the gang of Mongol (Gennady Korkov) specializing in burglaries and extortion racket. That’s where he was nicknamed Yaponchik for the shape of his eyes.

In 1972, the gang was eliminated by the Moscow Criminal Intelligence, but Yaponchik managed to avoid the punishment again due to his diagnosis. In 1974 Yaponchik was arrested for a fight with Georgian god fathers and was imprisoned for a short period of time. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, during that imprisonment Yaponchik was crowned as a god father.



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