Mobster boss Aslan Usoya, known as “Grandpa Hasan,” was shot to death after leaving a resturant in Moscow.
One of Russia’s most notorious reputed mobsters was gunned down in the middle of Moscow on Wednesday in what appears to be a contract killing, police said.
Hasan was struck by a bullet from a high powered automatic rifle issued to Russian special forces, police said. The bullets came from a building across the street and shell casings were found scattered near the scene.
Hasan, an ethnic Kurd born in neighboring Georgia, presided over a massive criminal empire stretching across the former Soviet Union, trafficking drugs and weapons. He also owned businesses and casinos across the region.
Hasan’s murder completes the “redivision of the criminal market,” a government source told Interfax.
Usoyan was a member of Russia’s notorious thieves-in-law, or vory v zakone, according to Georgia News TV. Members sport elaborate tattoos and follow unwritten prison laws passed down through the years from gulags (Soviet prisons).
The assassination was “probably the result of Aslan Usoyan’s conflict with ‘thieves in law’ clans headed by immigrants from Georgia,” a source told Interfax.
Hasan had previously survived an assassination attempt in 2010, the Guardian reported.