Otari Kvantrishvili is still one of the most controversial figures in the criminal world of the 90s. Despite the obvious connections with criminal elements, many cultural figures and entrepreneurs who have not violated the law still speak of him with warmth.
It can be argued with a high degree of probability that for a certain part of Muscovites the expression "blood bath" evokes associations not with Stockholm of the 16th century, but with the Krasnopresnensky baths of Moscow at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. Here, not so long ago, a lead point was made in the biography of Aslan Usoyan, known in criminal circles as the all-powerful "Ded Hasan". But by this time, the murders of criminal authorities were no longer surprising. And the death of Otari Kvantrishvili in 1994, the investigation of which lasted for a decade, opened a long account of gangster "showdowns" and contract killings.
The "order" was carried out by the famous professional killer Lesha Soldat. From the service record of the latter, it is known that he was the man of Sylvester, who ruled in the capital of the Medvedkovo group. Only after his death, the details of Otari Kvantrishvili's shadow life began to be revealed to the public. Before that, he was known as the Honored Master of Sports of the USSR, the founder of the Lev Yashin Foundation, the initiator and recognized leader of the party of Russian athletes. This did not prevent, and perhaps contributed at the same time, to tacitly manage the domestic mafia, the "lawlessness" characteristic of the Yeltsin 90s saturated with corruption and high-profile contract killings.
Young Kvantrishvili did not want to follow in the footsteps of his father, who worked as a machinist in the capital's depot, work and life from salary to salary attracted little … The real term was seven years in prison. Otari went to jail. But less than five years later, he was transferred to a mental hospital in Lublin to recover from "sluggish schizophrenia." Such a beginning usually did not allow for a "career as a thief," but not in this case.
Otari's adventurous and resourceful nature helps him organize his entrepreneurship with the beginning of perestroika. By the 90th year, he is a co-owner of many companies, among which the most powerful is the 21st Century Association.
Otari Vitalievich is involved in political upheavals and at the same time becomes a prominent representative of shadow structures.
Having enlisted the support of his Caucasian friends, among whom are Pipia Tomaz, Valerial Kuchuloria (Peso), Givi Beradze (Rezany), he very soon becomes the leader of the clan in the fight against Slavic factions. Not recognizing the established "concepts", the Caucasians empowered leaders at their own discretion, including those "who did not trample the zone," and crowded out the "locals." The nationalist background covered the gangster redistribution of financial and trade spheres of influence. According to some political analysts, the Georgian government supported the war between groups, creating favorable conditions in Moscow for the advancement of its fellow tribesmen. It is believed that it was the attempt to resist the pressure imposed from Georgia that played a fatal role in the fate of Otari.
Founded jointly with Anzor Kikashvili, the 21st Century Association was Otari's pride. Anzor, who graduated from the Institute of Physical Education and the Diplomatic Academy under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in the capital, was a Komsomol and party functionary in charge of sports events. Their alliance with Otari in 1989 proved to be very fruitful when the former became president and the latter vice-president of the Association.
By this time, Kvantrishvili had acquired in Barvikha the former dacha of USSR Marshal Savitsky. For a modest house, where he loved to spend time Otari, in the criminal circles the name "lair of the beast" was fixed.A fundamentally modest atmosphere, a second-hand Vidic, battered Zhiguli - that was the way of life here by the mid-90s. Only two guard dogs were luxurious, "the remnants of luxury" from a dog tote, the former hobby of the owner - a huge mastiff and a Caucasian shepherd dog to match him.
At one time Otari was in the group of Gennady Karkov (Mongol) and his henchman Vyacheslav Ivankov (Yaponchik). The task of Otari and Amiran was to provide cover for the "big game" of cards, which was held within the walls of the Sovetskaya Hotel.
But the real "finest hour" was provided by the President of the Russian Federation Yeltsin Otari, who provided him with patronage and support. The National Sports Center, created with his light hand, had incredible benefits and preferences.
About 2.5 trillion. rubles of state funds were allocated for the construction of the Center and were successfully "laundered" by the Otari group.
The death of brothers
In October 1993, there was a major clash of organized crime groups - Chechens with Kazan, presumably over the ownership of a hotel near the Ministry of Internal Affairs. As a result of the shooting, Fedya Besheny, the head of the Kazan organized criminal group, and Otari's brother Amiran, were killed.
Six months later, on the threshold of Krasnopresnenskie baths, Otari himself was killed with three professional shots, leaving 4 children orphans. Both brothers were buried at the Vagankovskoye cemetery in the capital.