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Theft of cargo shipments, including approximately 10,000 pounds of chocolate confections. Seven members of the group are still at large, according to NBC 4. The indictment names Razhden Shulaya, 40, of New Jersey and Zurab Dzhanashvili, 37, of Brooklyn, as ringleaders, claiming the duo helped spearhead an illicit poker operation in Brighton Beach; the aforementioned murder-for-hire attempt; and the plot to hack into electronic slot machines at casinos in Philadelphia and Atlantic City to predict their win percentages.
Shulaya was a Russian "vor", one of the first ever charged with racketeering in the United States, prosecutors said, explaining that he belongs to an "order of elite criminals from the former Soviet Union who receive tribute from other criminals, offer protection, and use their recognized status as vor to adjudicate disputes among lower-level criminals".
Read: What Is La Cosa Nostra, Infamous New York Mafia? Numerous group members were born in the former Soviet Union, but authorities believe they regularly visited and communicated with associates in Georgia, the Ukraine and the Russian Federation. The Shulaya Enterprise had operations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and Nevada, according to court papers.
The suspects were part of criminal activities such as illegal gambling businesses, credit card fraud and selling stolen goods.
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"What surprises me actually is they were still involved in the traditional types of crime", he said to the New York Times in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
The theft of 10,000 pounds of chocolate confections is one of numerous charges in the arrests of members of a Russian crime syndicate, according to the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office.
The Justice Department said that the Shulaya Enterprise comprised groups of individuals, often with overlapping members or associates, dedicated to particular criminal tasks.
Suspects arrested on Wednesday were expected in federal court.