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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

It's Official: Yaponchik Is a Free Man

ReutersIvankov leaving the Moscow City Court with his wife, Faina Komissar, after officially being acquitted Wednesday.
The Moscow City Court on Monday officially acquitted Vyacheslav "Yaponchik" Ivankov, one of the country's most notorious reputed gang leaders, of killing two Turkish citizens in Moscow in 1992.

A jury acquitted Ivankov on Monday. He was deported to Russia last year after serving almost 10 years in a U.S. prison for extortion.

Ivankov's lawyer said Wednesday that his client had received his first Russian passport, complete with a Moscow residency permit. Having left for the United States in the early '90s, Ivankov never traded his Soviet passport for a Russian one, Interfax said.

Ivankov is now considering publishing poems and children's stories that he wrote in prison. He also is writing an autobiography, "Against the Wind."