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A MISUNDERSTANDING “I am not bad, like you think,” says Alimzhan T. Tokhtakhounov. “I am not the Mafia, I am not a bandit.” He faces charges in the United States, but not in Russia.

A MISUNDERSTANDING “I am not bad, like you think,” says Alimzhan T. Tokhtakhounov. “I am not the Mafia, I am not a bandit.” He faces charges in the United States, but not in Russia.

He is as free as a bird and living high off the hog in Russia, just  like other Russian mobsters American authorities have wanted for crimes committed  in the United States

But if reputed Russian crime boss Alimzhan T  Tokhtakhounov ever sets foot in America  he faces federal racketeering charges that if convicted could keep him cooped up in a prison cell for plenty of years

Tokhtakhounov , who allegedly holds the high rank of  “thief in law”  in  Russia’s criminal underworld– is accused of  fixing skating matches at the Salt Lake City Olympics and running a high-stakes, trans-Atlantic gambling and money-laundering ring.