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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivankov Charged

MOSCOW -- The Moscow Prosecutor's Office has pressed murder charges in absentia against organized crime boss Vyacheslav Ivankov, currently serving a sentence for extortion in the United States.

A spokesman for the capital's criminal investigations unit said Tuesday that Ivankov, better known as "Yaponchik," has been identified as the gunman in a 1992 shooting of three Turkish nationals in a Moscow restaurant. Ivankov was sentenced to six and a half years in a federal U.S. prison in January 1997.