One of Russia’s biggest mafia bosses nicknamed “Grandpa Hassan” has been shot dead outside a restaurant in the middle of Moscow, in an apparent contract killing that turned the clock back to the bloody turf wars of the 1990s.
By Telegraph reporter
7:10PM GMT 16 Jan 2013
Aslan Usoyan, 75, was killed by a shot from a sniper’s rifle as he was exiting the Karetny Dvor restaurant, about one mile from the Kremlin.
Usoyan, who was shot once, was rushed to the hospital, but died on the way, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.
Investigators have launched a murder investigation, with Usoyan’s “criminal activities” as one of the possible explanations for the murder, it said.
The sniper also wounded a female bystander who was being treated in a hospital, police said.
A Yezidi Kurd born in Soviet Georgia in the 1930s, Usoyan was one of the remaining mafia old guard and was considered the most influential criminal in the former Soviet Union. He has been variously dubbed the “king of the Russian mafia” and the “Al Capone” of the underworld.