Georgian “godfather” Merab “Django” Dzhangveladze has been arrested in Dunakeszi, north of Budapest, police confirmed on Wednesday, a month after the fact. Dzhangveladze, who also goes by the name of Suhumskiy, was reportedly wanted in connection with the recent murder in Italy of a Russian underworld leader. The suspect is the chief of a criminal Kutaisi Clan, named after Georgia’s second city, a crime ring thought to be active in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, the Czech Republic and Lithuania.
International crime-watching website Gangsters Inc. had earlier reported that Dzhangveladze was one of 18 members of the Russian-speaking Eurasian criminal network known as the “Thieves-in-law” (Vor v zakone) to have been picked up in a coordinated swoop. Europol described the arrests on 18 June as “one of the most significant blows against clans controlled by this high-ranking, elite of the world of Russian-speaking organised crime”, and hailed the operation as an example of successful pan-European intelligence sharing.
It took a few years but breast reduction surgery in 2008 has finally paid off in tournament wins for Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, who has left Budapest victorious after beating Austrian Yvonne Meusburger in three sets in the final of the USD 235,000 Hungarian Grand Prix. It was the third straight non-Grand Slam tournament win for the Romanian – she lost in the second round at Wimbledon in late June – who decided at the age of 17 that her large bust was hampering her game. She received wide criticism for undergoing surgery just to improve her tennis but countered that she had also been experiencing back pains resulting from her 34DD cup size. Since the surgery she has moved up 450 places in the world rankings to 23rd place.