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Russians Charged With Racketeering (And Selling 10,000 Pounds Of Stolen Chocolate)

The feds said the indictment represents one of the first federal racketeering charges ever brought against a vor v zakonei– a Russian phrase that translates roughly as "thief-in-law."
The FBI announced charges against 27 people associated with a Russian crime syndicate on Wednesday. Above, the bureau's seal hangs on the outside of the Edgar J. Hoover Building last month in Washington, DC. / Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Law enforcement agencies announced on Wednesday a litany of charges against 33 people — including 27 who were allegedly associated with a Russian crime syndicate. Authorities said the indictment represents one of the first federal racketeering charges ever brought against a vor v zakonei– a Russian phrase that translates roughly as "thief-in-law."

That vor is identified as Razhden Shulaya, 40, living in Edgewater, N.J., who investigators said also goes by "Brother" and "Roma." He and the 26

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