Vyacheslav Kirillovich Ivankov, described by the FBI as among the most powerful Russian crime bosses in the U.S., was sentenced on January 29 to almost ten years in prison on charges of attempted extortion and seeking to gain legal status in the U.S. through a fraudulent marriage. The jail term, handed down by a U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, came despite impassioned pleas from Ivankov that he had been railroaded by Russian and U.S. authorities. (The New York Times, January 30)
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