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Violent Russian gangster from Brooklyn trades in $1,500 Hermes belt buckle for 16 years in a prison uniform


Added 12-04-19 12:13:02am EST - “A violent Russian mobster who spent his money on high-top Yeezy sneakers and a $1,500 Hermes belt buckle was sentenced to more than 16 years behind bars for gun-running, arson, loansharking, gambling and extortion.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Violent Russian gangster from Brooklyn trades in $1,500 Hermes belt buckle for 16 years in a prison uniform”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A violent Russian mobster who spent his money on high-top Yeezy sneakers and an over-the-top expensive Hermes belt buckle was sentenced to more than 16 years behind bars for gun-running, arson, loansharking, gambling and extortion.

Leonid (Lenny) Gershman, one of the leaders of an Eastern European organized crime syndicate that terrorized Brooklyn for six years, learned his fate Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court.

Gershman, 36, and partner Aleksey Tsvetkov, were convicted on racketeering charges after a three-week federal trial last year. On Tuesday, a judge sentenced Gershman to 196 months behind bars.

The defendants, both of Brooklyn, orchestrated a crime spree in the heavily-Russian Brighton Beach section, along with neighboring Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay, from 2011 to 2017.

In 2016, the duo hired two men to set fire to a Coney Island building that hosted a competing high-stakes poker game, and the blaze nearly proved fatal. Firefighters had to pull a young boy and a second person from the burning building, and the rescue was so harrowing that one of the firefighters needed surgery to recover from injuries.

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