The operatives of the Department of Strategic Investigations of the National Police received information about the presence of a thief in law named Avto Kopala in the Odessa region.
According to the department on the National Police website, the detainee is wanted on the territory of the Russian Federation, where he faces up to 15 years in prison.
Police found that the 65-year-old is Russian and temporarily lived in Odessa. He is wanted for occupying a high status in the criminal hierarchy and, according to investigators, he came to Ukraine to avoid criminal liability for the crime and to further establish relations with criminal authorities.
On Tuesday, March 31, investigators of the department and the regional strategic investigations department of the National Police, investigators from the Odessa Police Investigation Department with the participation of special forces from the special forces battalion, detained the “thief in law.”
According to police, the detainee received his thieving status at the age of 17 in Moscow. He has considerable criminal experience – imprisoned more than 15 years in Russia, including in a maximum security penal colony.
According to the decision of Kyiv district court in Odessa, “thief in law” is now in jail until receiving request for his extradition.