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Mithridatis

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Hello, I'm new in this forum and I am making a topic about various figures of the Greek underworld, at least those I know of (no biography of Yeoryios Tsakoyiannis, Peter Sedhom or the Grigorakos family though since it is already covered in the topic Greek Mafia wars). Feel free to contribute if you know any interesting Greek gangsters and please excuse me if my English is poor at times (I'm French so English isn't my first language). Also most of my information comes from various Greek sites translated with Google Translate so it may not be perfectly accurate (well, even less so).



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Panayiotis Vlastos


Mobster born in 1971 in Athens and who grew in Metamorfosi, a Northern suburb of Athens. He started his criminal career young by committing thefts and burglaries in the Athenian suburb of Eleusina before becoming known in the 90's. He was involved in a gang war with another mobster named Kostas Nastoulis. In 1994, he murdered Yerasimos Nastoulis, Kostas's brother, and Dimitrios Spinos, an associate of the Nastoulis and was incarcerated. Vlastos was released on bail in 1998. One night, his brother Kostas was killed during a shootout with the police while Panayiotis had to escape on a motorbike. His other brother Markos, who wasn't involved in any crime, was murdered outside his shop in Metamorfosi, presumably by Nastoulis associates. Vlastos was arrested on june 1998, but he still managed his nightclub protection racket business from prison and had the clubs who refused to pay him bombed. He also enjoyed the luxury life in jail, having his own personal guard of 4-8 prisoners, a TV, and a phone. He was again released on bail on 2007, and then soon arrested again after he shot a shop owner who refused to pay him.

In Trikala prison, he formed an alliance with fellow mobsters Vassilis Stefanakos and Ioannis Skaftouros. Though they can act independently from one another, they cooperate and shared their men between each others. Every one of their soldiers had a specific role in their organization, most of them didn't known each other (receiving orders from a third man ) and were paid 2000euros for their deeds. They used cellphones with fake IDs and communicated using codes. They also had the freedom to go wherever they wanted in Korydallos where he moved in the different wings of the jail (and wasn't even recorded in the cameras, who, "by chance", were looking elsewhere). They could also have visits in their cells by their friends, associates or lovers whenever they wanted. In Korydallos, in was in contact with members of the anarchist group "Pyrinon tis Fotias" as well as the various high-profile inmates of the ST Wing of Korydallos (convicted for economic crimes, which hold various former politicians and businessmen).  

Their biggest crime was the kidnapping of Greek shipping magnate Periklis Panagopoulos who was released against a ransom but they are also responsible for several other crimes such as protection racket of nightclubs, trafficking weapons from Crete as well as drugs, prostitution, contract killings and bomb attacks, such as the murder of businessman Yiorgos Goussios on 2008, a bomb attack attempt against a businessman's house in Arta, and several other planned murders and bombings. The gang provided "protection" for at least 48 shops throughout Attica and at least five nightclubs bombings.  Vlastos was moved to Korydallos prison when the organization was dismantled. He staged two failed escape attempts in 2010 and 2013.


He was involved in a bloody gang war with his most hated enemy, Kostas Nastoulis, which caused the death of several of their associates from 2005 to 2009, including his associates Aristidis Lakiotis in 2005, Yiannis Gavakis in 2006, Aristotelis Yiayias and Vasilis Nasipian in 2007 and of Yiorgos Anagnostopoulos in 2009. He might also be responsible for the murder of Alexandros Kosmopoulos, who was said to be jealous of his quick rise in the underworld. 

Vlastos also loaned money to several owners of bars, clubs and restaurants, especially in Athens south suburbs and Kolonakiou. Among others, he loaned 30 000euros (with a 5% interest rate) to a Kolonakiou businessman who wanted to open a gourmet restaurant, and another businessman with his loaned money bought a yacht which was turned into a nightclub where he organized private parties for Athens socialites. Several nightclubs owners took loans from Vlastos to expand their business as well as because they were struggling in time of economic crisis, and these loans were also a mean to launder the gang's dirty money. Also, Vlastos lawyer (and possibly lover) Adamantia Angeletou organized at least two expensive parties (one of which were present famous singers Paola Foka and Yiorgos Mazonakis), who were entirely paid by Vlastos. 

It was revealed in 2014 that the Vlastos-Stefanakos-Skaftouros was still active, notably in Piraeus, Athens Western suburbs, Trikala, Larissa and Pyrgos. Their gang is responsable for the bomb attack in front of the house of judge Paraskevi Kalaïtzi (who was in charge for the case of Panagopoulos kidnapping) in Halandri (on november 2012), as well as two other bombings against former warden of Korydallos Prison Maria Stefi and prosecutor Sofia Petraki. He was also supposed to have Petros Mandouvalos (lawyer and former Parliament Member) assassinated on behalf of drug lord Alexandros Angelopoulos (to whom Mandouvalos owed one million euros) though he didn't carried out the killing for unknown reasons.

It was also revealed Vlastos also wanted to have his own cousin Evangelia "Litsa" Vlastou (who used to work for her cousin for 600-1000euros per months and visited him regularly) assassinated, because he held her responsible for the loss of 250 000euros from Panagopoulos ransom. The last time she visited in jail, he even hit her twice in front of two prison guards, who did nothing to stop him. Litsa had to turn into a police informant to survive and is the one responsible for most of the reveals on the Vlastos mafia.







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Vassilis Stefanakos

Mobster born in 1961 in Haïdari in a Maniot family. Nicknamed "King of the Night" (Greek mobsters are traditionnally involved in nightclub owning and protection racket hence why most of them are called "Godfathers of the Night" ), he's involved in oil and cigarette smuggling, drug dealing, and protection racket. He became the head of his gang, along with Aristidis Lakiotis and Ioannis Skaftouros, after the death of his boss in the early 2000's.

He was the one who ordered the death of Greek rival Godfather of the Night Themis Kalapotharakos in Nea Makri, in revenge for the murder of Themistoklis Papamalis, among other murders. In the 2000's, he was one of Attica's most powerful mobster: he collaborated with Yiorgos Tsakoyiannis and bought weapons from him and paid another Godfather of the Night, Alexandros Kosmopoulos, 1 million Euro's to not interfere in his business. Cigarettes were smuggled to Greek ports from Cyprus four times a week and then transported to Thebes with the help of two policemen on the Stefanakos payroll. They were rather violent and those who refused to pay were beaten and the businesses bombed.

When Stefanakos girlfriend left him, he began to harass her and threatened her family, one member of her family who worked for Kosmopoulos even had to go into hiding and, among other things, he smashed her car with his and then assaulted with a knife two guys who asked why he did that. On 2006, he was convicted in absentia for battery, smuggling, and racketeering but managed to escape thanks to some cops who gave him a fake ID (others policemen helped him by informing him of police's decisions concerning him).

He was also the one who staged Vassilis Paleokostas and Alket Rizaj's first prison escape. Rizaj was one of Stefanakos hitmen and was his food taster and bodyguard in jail. He was one of West Attica' s most wanted godfathers until he was arrested in Chaidari with three shotguns, flash grenades and ammunitions. He was also part of the Vlastos and Skaftouros mafia until the organization was disbanded.

He also holds anti-authoritarians views, thinking the Banks are the biggest thieves and being favorable for the anarchist group "Pyrinon tis Fotias" (who are, for him, people who try to prove that the "system" isn't almighty) and claims to be friends with Nikos Paleokostas and former member of November 17th Christodoulos Xiros. He is also a friend of actress Nena Chronopoulou and he has loaned her 30 000euros to open a shop with her husband Tassos Mitropoulos in Kalamata.






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Themistoklis Kalapotharakos

One of the last old-fashioned greek gangsters, who was born around 1963 in a Maniot family and grew up in Penteli, North Athens. Involved in protection racket and the nightclub business, he however stayed away for drug dealing. He applied the "takes few from many" philosophy when it come to extortion, and despite being a rather violent man, still had some principles and provided actual protection and services to his "victims" and has good relations (at least mutual respect) with the police. He became a big shot of the Greek underworld around 1989-1996 with his associate Yiorgos Frangoyiannis. Their gang was active in the coast of Athens as well as in Kifissia. He had employed hitman Vassilis Souflas for at least four murders (and is responsible for four other killings), and may be responsible for the assassination of Theodoros Kallimoros, a member of Alekos Kosmopoulos gang, in 1991.

He then spent some time abroad in Italy and Germany to escape his opponents wrath. In Germany, he met Serbian gangster and future warlord Željko Ražnatović aka Arkan, who became a friend of his. He briefly retired from the underworld in july 1996 after Frangoyiannis was killed and he was himself injured by police officer Iraklis Nikolopoulos, but he came back to the game some time later. On december 1997, Nikolopoulos father, Nikos, was killed when his appartment was bombed. On february 2000, mercenary bomber Themistoklis Papamalis was murdered: he used to work for Kalapotharakos but their relationship went sour after Papamalis began to work for other gangsters.

He was killed in july 25 2000 in his villa of Marathon in retaliation for the murder of Papamalis. His murder marked a new era of for organized crime in Athens with several more violent gangs and organization as well as the coming of foreign gangsters in the underworld. His estranged brother, Christos, is a former kickboxer and current deputy MP for the far-right party of LAOS.




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Themistoklis Papamalis

AKA O  Vosnios (the Bosnian) Greek mercenary bomber born in 1952 in Mytilene, Lesbos Island. He came from a family of sailors who settled in Athens in the 60's. He eventually became the leader of an Underwater Demolition Unit, where he acquired knowledge in the manufacture and use of explosives. In the 80's Papamalis entered in the Greek underworld thanks to a gangster nicknamed "Arkoudos" and met Themis Kalapotharakos. Thanks to his knowledge of explosives and the fact that the police didn't know him, Papamalis became Kalapotharakos main bomber. Among other feats, he was the one who bombed Nikos Nikolopoulos appartment in july 1996. He detonated bombs using remote control and is responsible for at least 30 bombings throughout Attica. He was a quite, polite and serious man as a result of his military experience. He was only arrested once on february 1995 for possession of arms and explosives and spent several months in prison.

During the Yugoslav Wars, he was one of the Greek volunteers who fought for the Serbs; he worked with the militia of Arkan's Tigers, possibly at the order of Kalapotharakos who was a friend of Arkan. He was wounded to the eye during the war. When he came back to Greece he began working with other gangs, including Vassilis Stefanakos gang. He sank at least two tankers ships of a man named Dimitrios Ganas, who was himself the target of a bomb attack, along with two other other bombings, for them. Papamalis and Kalapotharakos partnership soured in the late 90's: Kalapotharakos blamed Papamalis for working with other gangs as well as for bombing the jeep of a friend, while Papamalis blamed him because he killed a friend of his. Papamalis was shot and killed on february 14, 2000 probably on Kalapotharakos orders, who was himself murdered later to avenge Papamalis.

  






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Konstantinos Voidonikolas


Greek-Canadian mobster born on 1947 in Dimaristika village in Mani. He spent his youth in Canada (where he got Canadian citizenship) and New York before coming back to Greece. He owned two nightclubs in the south Athens suburbs of Kallithea and Paleo Faliro. Around that time, he also began buying various buildings in Danforth, Toronto's Greek neighborhood, alongside his associate Greek-Canadian businessman Peter Boussoulas (their partnership had since gone sour).

In Greece, he was arrested for various crimes, including extortion in 1982 and battery on a woman in one of his clubs on 1992. He was also accused of social security fraud and unpaid taxes. In 1994, he was accused of having ties with the bank heist of Athens Ergasia Bank in 1994, where 8-10 people broke in the bank through an underground tunnel and stole about 25 million euros, though he wasn't convicted. In 2009, he was convicted in absentia for his involvement in the robbery of 90 treasury bonds worth 3 million euros (he received 1.3 million from the loot) from Greek National Bank in May 1994. In June 1999, he shot at 4 construction workers who blocked his driveway after an heated argument, though Voidonikolas claims it was self defense. Convicted to 42 months in Korydallos prison for illegal gun using and possession, he feigned illness and was taken to a doctor on 2000 but managed to escape to Canada.

Currently, despite being still a wanted fugitive in Greece, he is well-known businessman and pillar of the Greek community of Danforth. He is the chairman of the Business Improvement Association for the Greektown area as well as one of the biggest landowners in Danforth, and a philanthropist who organize every year's Danforth festival. He also has ties with various Greek and Canadian politicians such as Danforth city councillor Mary Fragedakis who sought his support for her election, Greek ambassador to Canada Eleftherios Angelopoulos and Greek Consul General in Toronto Dimitrios Azemopoulos.







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Konstantinos Passaris

One of Greece's most famous gangsters, born March 9, 1975 in Kallithea from a Greek father and a Romanian mother (he does seem to have a preference for Romanian accomplices ). Convicted for the first time at 15 for possession of stolen goods. Jailed during his military service in Komotini for thefts though he soon escaped. In 1996 he was arrested after an attempted robbery where he even shot at police. In jail, he met two Romanian gangsters, Ion Vasili and Nicolae Gorea. They formed their own gang who specialized in robberies, (hotels, banks, brothels, travel agencies and other businesses). He was arrested and convicted for the robberies and attempted murder of a policemen (during a shootout, Vasili was killed and Passaris swore that he would kill three cops for revenge).

Feigning illness, he escaped from Korydallos Prison on February 2001, killing two cops in the process. He soon resumed robberies in Athens and its suburbs. Though he claimed to avoid violence whenever he could, Passaris has quite the body count and proved to be rather ruthless: he killed a cashier during a robbery, murdered his girlfriend, a Bulgarian prostitute, he tried to kill an Albanian named Andrea Shera and his Greek girlfriend on august 2001. He also murdered Dr Maria Safou and tried to kill her sister during a pharmacy robbery on August 2001. On July 2001, fifty policemen surrounded his apartment during a big police operation to arrest him, but he managed to sneak away anyway, forcing Police Chief Yannis Yeorgakopoulos to resign.

He then left Greece for Romania. In Bucharest, he raided a foreign exchange bureau, stealing away $15,000 and killing the cashier and the security guard. He was arrested soon after and is currently incarcerated in Romania. Recently he claimed to have renounced his violent way, regretted his past actions and he turn to religion and is currently studying to become a monk under the Saint Xeni Brotherhood for the poor and the prisoners.




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Konstantinos Hirvantidis

Greek gangster born in 1971 and considered one of the most dangerous inmates in Greece. Hirvantidis is a henchman of the Crime Syndicate, a powerful Greek mafia now defunct and was mainly involved in robberies. Like Passaris, he is very ruthless and violent, though he appreciated trust and fidelity and hated snitches. Jailed in Korydallos, he was among the leaders of a prison riot in 1995 where several prison guards were taken hostages and one inmate was brutally killed by being burnt alive by Hirvantidis and other inmates. After the riot, Hirvantidis was moved to Corfu prison, where he was jailed with Crime Syndicate leaders Vassilis Kaltsas and Antonis Diplas.

On August 1997, he and 43 other prisoners escaped from Corfu prison and he briefly fled to Albania (most of the escapees were Albanians) before coming back to Greece. Among other crimes, he murdered Michalis Adamantidis, one of the Corfu escapees, and his girlfriend Athina Vlahosteryiou, and also killed Yeoryios Kaltsas who was Vassilis Kaltsas brother. During his string of robberies he robbed Varda Ilias National Bank (32 million drachmas loot), Egine National Bank (8 million drachmas) and CIT Group (67 millions drachmas). Arrested on January 1999 in Salamina, he was convicted for illegal possession of weapons and explosives. Released from Malandrinos prison on 2006, he was involved in at least 3 murders after his release and several other robberies, and he was maybe involved in the murder of Sotiris Kousis. He was arrested on 2007 in Corfu after a botched robbery where he shot an employee (wounded but who survived) and is currently jailed there.

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Konstantinos Andreadis

Mobster born in 1963. After the arrest of Antonis Diplas and Vassilis Kaltsas at Porto Germeno in 1992, he and his associate Sotiris Kousis became the new leaders of the Crime Syndicate. In 1994, they set up a kuwaiti dinars counterfeiting ring, and were also involved in protection racket. Also involved in robberies and contract killings, Andreadis had a base in Stuttgart, Germany where he owned a greek nightclub.

Andreadis was the brain of the gang and the one who "signed" the contracts while Kousis was his right-hand man and the one who managed things in Grece. Among their lieutenants: Dimitris Kapetanakis, the "handyman" of the gang; hitman Vassilis Souflas and Theodoros Katifidis (both former members of Diplas and Kaltsas syndicates who evaded arrest). Among their crimes was the robbery of the Nigrita National Bank near Serres where security guard (or treasurer) Yeoryios Karagiozis was killed as well as the robbery of Egnatia Bank in Thessaloniki (stealing away 48 millions drachmas) in 1994; the murders of Evangelos Paraschiakos, treasurer of the "Mercedes" club in 1994, Thodoros Kallimoros in 1991 and Manolis Samios (who was involved in driving licenses forgery ring). They also had their own hitman, Souflas, killed and buried near Agrileza. They are also responsible for at least a dozen other murders in Attica and Northern Greece. It costed 2 millions drachmas to have someone killed by them and they always leave a mark on their victims as a signature. 

On may 1996, the organization was disbanded and Andreadis and Kousis were arrested in Amsterdam, Netherlands and convicted to 16 years in prison. After his release, Andreadis settled in Thessaloniki and began a life of fear after Kousis was killed on january 2007. Convinced the mob want him dead, he always wear a bulletproof vest and stay in the sidelines of the Greek underworld, apart from an attempt to racket a jeweler in 2007.



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Vassilis Souflas

Hitman for the Greek Underwolrd born in Eleusina. He was one of the most ruthless hitman of the greek underworld: he worked with his father Kyriakos (or Nikolaos) and they were considered a perfect team and were very efficient and feared. However, after the death of his father in a car accident, he became mentally unstable and unpredictable. He worked for Themis Kalapotharakos and Yiorgos Frangoyiannis and committed at least four murders for them. Then he joined Kaltsas and Diplas syndicate and was involved in the robbery of European Bank of Rafina in 1992 where three policemen were wounded, along with several other robberies and murders. He was among the gangsters who escaped the mass arrest at Porto Germeno in 1992.

He went into hiding until he was recruited by Andreadis and Kousis. He was the one who shot Yiorgos Karagiozis at the Nigrita robbery. He is also responsible for the double murder of Pavlos and Kanella Katsafareas in Oitylo, Laconia on april 1990. He is the one who carried most of the Syndicate's killings, including Paraschiakos. However, his colleagues allegedly became to be wary of his violence and fearing he will turn on them (also, he liked to publicly brag about his kills)  they killed him (his killer might have been Dimitris Kapetanakis) and buried him near Agrileza in 1994. His body was found in 1996.






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Alket Rizaj

Albanian gangster and hitman born on 1974 in Fier, Albania. He came to Greece in the 90's and become one of its most influential Albanian gangster. A polyglot, beside Albanian he can speak Greek, Serbian, Italian, Russian and Spanish and apparently has a fondness for foreign magazines. He started his career by smuggling and dealing cocaine and heroin in Greece in the 90s before getting involved in erotic nightclubs. He then became an hitman, among others for Vassilis Stefanakos whom he met in jail, where he also befriended Nikos Paleokostas thanks to their mutual appreciation for reading (Nikos Paleokostas likes stories about Greek outlaws). He provided the Paleokostas brothers with ammunitions and weapons whenever they needed it. On 2003, he murdered electrician Thanasis Koropiotis, whom he thought to be the lover of his girlfriend at the time, a Russian named Oksana (it was actually a misunderstanding as Koropiotis was dating a Russian named Roxana). He was later arrested with his Moldavian girlfriend Svetlana Zagat and his accomplice Elvis Mullishi, though they did their best to resist arrest with Kalashnikovs and grenades.

On June 2006, Rizaj and Vassilis Paleokostas, Nikos brother, escaped from Korydallos prison with a helicopter. The escape was staged by Stefanakos, who housed Rizaj in his Corinth's apartment and paid him some surgical operation. Rizaj murdered two guys for Stefanakos later, but he was still arrested again. Though this time, he and Nikos Paleokostas escaped again from Korydallos in a helicopter on February 2002 thanks to Rizaj greek lover, Aspasia Mitropia who even shot at prison guard with a Kalashnikov. He wasn't free for long though because he and Mitropia were arrested in their apartment in 2010 and he was convicted to 25 years in jail for prison escape, illegal gun carrying, death threats, kidnapping and being part of a criminal organization. On March 2013, he took hostage four wardens and two prisoners with half a kilogram of C4 around his body in Malandrinos Prison demanding to be released but he eventually surrendered.




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Konstantinos Nastoulis

Gangster born around 1964 and considered one of Greece's most dangerous prisoners (alongside Hirvantidis, Rizaj and Vlastos). He grew up in Eleusina, where his mother currently run a cafeteria. In the 90's, he was a leading member of the Crime Syndicate of Antonis Diplas and Vassilis Kaltsas, which is involved in several murders and the robbery of Nigrita National Bank, where treasurer Yiorgos Karagiozis was killed. He was involved in at least four murders and six attempted murders with the Crime Syndicate, including the one of soldier Antonis Famelos in 1991. In 1996, he fled to Canada after most Crime Syndicate members where arrested in the resort area of Porto Germeno, Nastoulis himself was wanted for murder. 

Involved in Athens nightclubs protection racket, he and his brother Yerasimos soon butted heads with the Vlastos family who were beginning to make themselves a name in the mob. In 1994, Yerasimos and associate Dimitris Spinos were killed by Vlastos during a meeting. His younger brother Dimitris is currently in jail. He was also involved in extortion of shopkeepers, those who refused to pay had their shop bombed. Kostas Passaris father, Vangelis, worked for him by putting bombs in the shops until he was convicted in 2009 for placing explosives in a Cretan gas station. He is also involved in fuel smuggling. Nastoulis is currently jailed in Malandrinos prison for murder (he was arrested for six murders but was only convicted for one). He is currently married to a lawyer and father of a daughter, and his daughter's godfather is infamous criminal lawyer Alexis Kouyias (who was also his best man at his wedding), who ironically also had Panayiotis Vlastos as a client.

He was involved in a gang war with Panayiotis Vlastos and had several of his men killed from 2005 to 2009. Two of his lieutenants, Israeli-Greek Yiorgos Shabbat, who was his main hitman, as well as lebanese Ali Saeed, who was his koumbaros were murdered in 2008. Also, his mother cafeteria in Eleusina was bombed by Vlastos men in 2003.









Ruslan Chermidis

AKA Iordanis, Rossopontios (Greek from the former Soviet Union, considered "different" from other Greeks) gangster born in 1982 in Georgia. Chermidis was the leader of a gang of armed robbers of banks, armored cars and other businesses, mainly made up of Rossopontioi, though there are Greeks and Albanians members as well. Greek-Armenian boxer Tigran Ouzlian was an associate of the gang as well. The gang was very well organized and trained and carried-out military-like robberies throughout Attica and the Islands.

They are active since at least 2007 and are thought to carry out a robbery each 20 days. Every robbery the team changed, and Iordanis recruited people with no criminal records from West Attica and Thessaloniki. They always wore masks during their heists, and often escaped with stolen luxury cars. They also had fake IDs, fake policemen uniforms, and were well armed. Iordanis himself owned a trucking company and invested his money abroad. He also might have set up a similar organization in Georgia.

On December 2010, Chermidis was arrested outside a bank in Livadeia planning a robbery and convicted December 2011 to 15 years for the robbery of a bank in Santorini in 2009. On March 2011, two members of his gang shot and killed two young police officers during a car chase in Menidi, Athens and asked Chermidis for fake IDs to flee the country, though they were still caught by the police (two Albanians accomplices are still at large though).








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Evangelos Sellianakis

Cretan outlaw born in 1958 in Chania who grew up in the Apokoronas municipality. He was a violent thug and small-time criminal involved in thefts and burglaries in Lappa, near Rethymno as well as in cattle-stealing. He was first arrested on September 1985 for attempted murder in the village of Kournas. He was also wanted for another attempted murder in an Athenian bar and he shot someone in the leg in another Athens bar in 1998.

He became famous for his involvement in one of Crete's bloodiest vendettas. In 1994, Fotoula Mouzouraki was raped, tortured and strangled in Patima village. Sellianakis was one of the culprits, though his friends Michalis Dikonimakis and Nikos Pollakis were the ones convicted for the crime. Apparently the reason for the feud between Sellianakis and the Mouzarakis family was a land dispute. On August 1994, Sellianakis murdered Fotoula's youngest son, Kostas, to prevent any retribution.

Later that year, Dikonimakis' father and brother, Manolis and Sifis, were also killed and on September 1995, Sellianakis nephew, Vangelis, was shot and killed. Sellianakis himself was arrested by the police while trying to flee to Canada on February 1995. Jailed in Alikarnassos prison, he managed to smuggle a gun into the prison and escape with seven other prisoners on July 1996, wounding two policemen in his escape. In 1996, he killed Yiannis Mouzourakis, Fotoula's eldest son and murdered a Sellianakis nephew, in Peristeri where he was hiding.

He then became one of Greece's most wanted fugitives and escaped arrest for 15 years. He hid in the White Mountains of Crete, always changing locations and always having weapons on him. He also acted as a contract killer in various vendettas, in exchange ensuring him  protection from the law and help. He might be responsible for the murders of Yiannis Papadonikolakis in Athens in 2009; Manolis Vranakis in Archontiki village on August 2009 and Manolis Zakakis on February 2010 near Rethymno. However, on January 2011, the police managed to track him down in Archontiki: he first tried resisting arrest with a Kalashnikov and grenades, but eventually shot himself in the head to avoid being arrested.


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Mobster born in 1961. During the 80'-90's he was one of the main mobsters of Central Athens as well as in the City of Acharnes in East Attica. He was involved mainly in the protection racket of nightclubs and brothels. He was arrested in 1992 in Gythio, Peloponnese for the murders of bank employee Giorgos Kasas as well as of boxer Theodoros Dourziotis in a nightclub, allegedly because he didn't call him "sir". He might also be responsible for the murder of Dimitris Maniavos in Petroupoli in 1990.

His organization was already weakened by the murder of his right-hand man Theodoros Kallimoros. However, he still was involved in protection rackets even in prison and Vassilis Stefanakos had to pay him one million drachmas a month so he'll leave him operate alone without interfering. He was indicted for his participation in extortion and the criminal organizations of Attica in 2002 even though he was already in prison.  

He was released on 2003 and joined the organization of another godfather and may have been involved in three bombings in Eleusina. He was murdered in November 2008 by two hitmen. His death might be related to the war between two jailed godfathers, one in Trikala and the other in Malandrinos (maybe Vlastos and Nastoulis) as he was close to the Trikala godfather.




Great post Mithridatis!!!

I have heard of Stefankos before.

He is supposed to originally be from Mani and has a lot of cops on his payroll.

I believe he is in prison in Northern Greece (can't remember the name at the moment)

Stefanakos is supposed to be the real "Boss of Bosses" in Greece

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Yes, great post!!!

I would like to see more like this!!!

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Thanks guys I will update the topic soon; As for Stefanakos, he was indeed rumored to be Greece main godfather but that said he is still in jail and his and Vlastos organization is disbanded so while he isn't out of the game yet, his power has been greatly reduced. I'd say Tsakoyiannis is the most powerful godfather around but even that isn't sure.

According to some Greek newspapers Athens underworld is currently divided into several gangs without one who really rule them all. It is apparently the same in Thessaloniki though since Karamberis mafia been dismantled I guess this city mob is quite weakened. There were some gangland killings in Patras this year also so no supreme boss there too. 


If you want some information on Greek organized crime, I'd recommend the newspaper site Espresso and the articles of To Vima journalist Vasilis G. Lambropoulos who is specialized in crime news. I don't think there is any site specialized on the subject but you might try looking out for forums, I didn't try myself.


NOTE: Due to the length of my first post, I cannot update it anymore so I can't add new informations to the bios. This is why I'm cutting it in two by putting all the Greek Gangsters from outside Athens in this post.



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Markos Karamberis

Greek mobster from Thessaloniki, born of 1953. His father was Thomas Karamberis, nightclub owner and king of the night of Thessaloniki (even prime minister Andreas Papandreou was in one of his nightclubs apparently). His son Markos resumed the family business though he mainly got involved in real estate and only kept one club. Karamberis was involved in the Vatopedi scandal (though I wasn't able to understand in which capacity) and is tied to several politicians of Central Macedonia including Central Macedonia's president Panayiotis Psomiadis and Thessaloniki's former mayor Vassilis Papayeorgopoulos, and run with LAOS (far right greek party) MP Kyriakos Velopoulos for governor of the Imathia region. 

Karamberis ran large loan sharking networks in Thessaloniki for 15 years. They lent money at an interest rate of 5-15% per week. Karamberis and his mafia harrassed, blackmailed, or beat up those who couldn't pay in time. About 1500-2000 people were victims of the Karamberis Mafia, including a lot of shop and business owners. The mafia included a member of the Economic Crime unit Christos Papahadzis, ERT journalist Yiorgos Feretis , lawyers, bankers, a doctor, and private company employees. Money was laundered in Switzerland or through the system of winning lottery slips. They earned at least one billion euros. After the suicide of one of their victims, restaurant owner Leonidas Mariolis, the organization was discovered and disbanded.






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Alexandros Angelopoulos


Nicknamed the "Greek Escobar" or "Fat Guy", this drug lord was born in 1965 in Nea Pori village in Central Macedonia. Formelry a sailor, he was involved in cigarette smuggling in late 80's. He then became involved in the smuggling of several tons of cocaine from Latin America through Western Europe to Greece, hiding the drugs in fishing boats. Officially, he owned four fishing companies Argo Alpha, Vita, Gamma, and Zita, though only one of them was used for drug smuggling, the other ones were legit. 

He had several accomplices and informants. He bought two football (soccer) clubs in his native regional unit of Pieria: Pierikos FC and Posidonas Neon Poron FC who even managed to make it to the Greek Superleague. He was also a philanthropist in his native Nea Pori. He owned several others legal businesses and was even dating an employee of the EYP (National Intelligence Services of Greece) who was unaware of his criminal dealings. He was noticed by the DEA since 2002, but they began to actively seek him after one of his drug boats (with more than 5 ton of cocaine in it) was caught near Gibraltar in 2004. Captured in Stuttgart, Germany he was convicted to life (later reduced to 22 years) for drug smuggling and money laundering and jailed in Korydallos prison.

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Emmanouil Polydoulis


This leader of a gambling ring was born on September 19, 1975 in Volos. Already arrested in the past for involvement in slot machines, he, his sister Hrysapho, and his right-hand man Yeoryios Grigoriou managed an illegal gambling and betting ring in the city of Volos. His organization counted at least 34 members and they managed at least six mini-casinos (in Coffee shops, internet cafes and even an underground garage) through strawmen and changed their licenses several times. They also operated illegal gambling websites in their casinos. In their casinos they also offered drinks, coffee, and food for free. 

Among his casinos, there were the Akropolis in Volos, and two others in Almyros and Thessaloniki. The money was sometimes laundered through luxury cars, cruisers, and jet ski's for Polydoulis. He bought coastal land in Volos worth around 400,000 euros and lived a jet-set life in his villa in Volos. Over a five year period, the organization earned about 30 millions euros and owed at least a 10 million euros debt to the Greek state. Of course his thugs beat up any bad payers. On one occasion, one man who threatened to tell the police about them was not only beaten but also forcibly committed to a mental hospital. Whenever the police shut down one of his casinos, they reopened another with a new license. On December 2012, the organization was dismantled and the Polydoulis siblings, Grigoriou, and most of their employees arrested.











Emmanouil Kritikopoulos

Mobster and drug lord born in 1951 in Elassona, Thessaly who was the son of a police officer. He used to be the founder and owner of a driving school and owner of a bus in Larissa. He married an architect and they had two children, one son and one daughter, together. He was rather well-off and lived in Giannouli, a wealthy Larissa suburb and is very close to his family. He was a rather impulsive person who got addicted to cocaine in the 90's and often found himself in trouble, though he always managed to get out of it thanks to his family. 

However, on Christmas 2009, his son was murdered. Insane with grief and not able to avenge his son by killing the culprit, he apparently then became a drug lord and mafia boss to flood Thessaly with drugs. He became the mastermind behind 3 criminal organizations in Larissa and throughout Thessaly, involved in drugs (cannabis, cocaine and heroin) and arms trafficking as well as prostitution and with at least 220 people with ties to the gangs. He generally had the last word considering the mafia's dealings and was the one who contacted Albanian prisoners in the prisons of Patras, Larissa, and Korydallos who were his organization's suppliers in drugs. He also planned to murder a Department of Narcotics officer as well as the murderer of his son. 

Thessaly's Mafia (as it was called in the newspapers) was disbanded and Kritikopoulos and around fifty members of the gang were arrested. However Kritikopoulos died on 2012 without being convicted for his crimes. He denied his role in the Larissa Mafia.





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Panos Tsirkas

Patras Mobster killed on April 2013 at 38 years old. Apparently used to be a very good student, came from a loving family with strong moral principles (according to him) and his brother Pantelis is a policeman. Tsirkas was the leader of a six-men gang involved in nightclubs, extortion, burglaries and robberies. He is responsible for at least 30 burglaries in Patras, for two attempted murder in 2010 (one victim was beaten with knives and baseball bat because he refused to pay them); for the robbery of the Agrotiki Bank headquarters in Patras where one security guard was nearly killed. They also racketed various Carnival's groups (Patras Carnival is the biggest one in Greece) and set one carnival hangout on fire (while there were people inside it, fortunately they survived) when they refused to pay them. 

He and his men were arrested in 2011 and jailed in Korydallos prison (around that time, several graffiti writing saying "Free P. Tsirkas" appeared throughout Patras) though he was only convicted for assault with severe injuries and freed on July 2012. In 2013, he butted heads with the Kostas and Alexis Frangos, two boxers and underworld figures in Patras (they used to be part of Dimitris Persanis gang). On April 17, Kostas Frangos and handball player Vassilis Sinouris (who was just a innocent friend of Kostas) were shot and killed outside a nightclub. On April 20, Tsirkas was killed while in his car with two of his friends, Dionysis Vervasenos (seriously injured) and Nikos Dadis (who later died from his wounds). Alexis Frangos, the one responsible for his murder was later arrested.






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Andreas Païzis

AKA Liondari (the Lion) Gangster and boxer born in 1967 in Patras. He used to be a quite and peaceful child from the Psilalonia neighbourhood of Patras, who joined at 17 the EA Patras boxing club and quickly became a boxing champion who represented Greece in the Balkans games. In the 90's he came to Athens to study and met there some underworld figures, and began working for them as muscles. When he came back to Patras in 1992, he started his own gang involved in protection racket of nightclubs, bars and clubs and later extended his racket to tavernas, and made about 12 millions drachmas a month. 

He recruited others young boxers whom he personally trained as henchmen. He also expanded his activities to drugs and arms trafficking as well as prostitution and gambling. He also had his men hired as bouncers in clubs. Any new clubs or game rooms in Patras must have been allowed by him to open. He was a natural leader with a strong and calm personality, and one of the pioneer of protection racket in Patras. He was respected by the people he racketed-those who could paid at least-because he provided genuine protection and the fee varied for each business according to their means. Of course, opposition to his racket were met with threats and beatings. 

However other gangs vying for power began to appear in Patras, as well some in his own gang who wanted to be in control. One of them was Dimitris Persanis, who wanted to operate his own gang while Paizis demanded he makes allegiance to him. In 2004, there was a shootout with another gang, though he was unscathed. On April 14 2005, he was shot and killed by another boxing champion Grigoris Katsonis under Persanis orders. His death opened the room for more ruthless gangs to operate in Patras and his gang separated into several smaller groups.



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Vassilis Varelas

Gangster born in 1963 in Nedousa village, Messinia. He used to be a kickboxing champion and even was a stuntsman in a Chuck Norris movie.  In the 90's he was the leader of a gang who dealt drugs in Athens, Piraeus and Kalamata where the gang was based. Already wanted for a murder committed in 1988 in Canada and for drug-dealing, he was arrested on 1997 with his brother Christos and Vassilis Mamaneas, a former bodyguard of famous banker Yiorgos Koskotas (for whom Varelas worked in the past), in Kalamata after the police found large quantities of drugs and some weapons in a appartment rented by him in Nikaia, West Attica. He was also arrested on may 1998 for having taken a family hostage in Kalamata. The Varelas brothers were arrested again in 2001 for hashish cultivation and traficking (they owned 1000 seeds of hashish) but he was released again in 2008, though jailed again sometimes later. He was considered one of the toughest prisoners in jail because of his boxing skills, and he always have a gun on him. 

He also led from a 14-people gang (11 greeks in 3 foreigners) in Kalamata involved in protection racket of shopkeepers, drug dealing and contract killing. In 2009, Varelas had his girlfriend ex-husband, Konstantinos Koulouris, killed in Nea Philadelphia, because he fought for the custody of his daughter. In November 2011 he had Felim Meshaj, an albanian whom he suspected of having an affair with his girlfriend as well as trying to create his own gang, murdered along with his 2,5 years-old son Kori. He is currently in jail and facing trial for the murder of Kounouris and Felim and Kori Meshaj.

In march 2014, it was revealed he was still leading from prison a gang of eight criminals who were involved in the protection racket of at least seven nightclub owners in Kalamata (who had to pay 150-250euros per week) as well as other shops. They were also planning the bombing of the shop of one of the witnesses in Varelas trial. The bombing was prevented and the gangsters arrested. On january 2015, it is rumored he had brutally assaulted Christodoulos Xiros in Domokos Prison (though according to other sources the culprits might have been another anarchist).


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Parasyris family (Michalis in the picture)

Cretan crime family from the Zoniana (where they are only 16 families for more than 1000 inhabitants, so there is lot of Parasyris, including people with no connection to crime whatsoever) village in the Mylopotamos municipality. They are mainly involved in drug trafficking and cultivation, especially hashish, together with the Striligas and Spanakis family, and managed several drugs plantations in the Island. The leader of the family was Konstantinos aka Koukias, who lived with his brothers Michalis, aka Psakas, and Anasto outside Ayios Nikolaos. 

During the 2012 legislative elections in Greece, Michalis Parasyris was a candidate for the "Democratic Alliance" party (a splinter party from Greece main conservative party New Democracy) of Dora Bakoyianni (born Mitsotaki) herself from a prominent Cretan political family, in Lasithi though he failed and wasn't elected (though apparently a lot of people voted for him in Neapoli prison in Lasithi). Michalis is also the president of the Vrahassi Football Club, and the most known figure of the family because of is involvement in sports. They are also involved in arms trafficking and herds thefts (of sheeps) and were active in Lasithi, Heraklion and Rethymno. In November 2012 their organization was dismantled by the police and the Parasyris brothers arrested. 



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Vilanakis family

A rich and powerful greek gypsy crime family from Larissa. They seem to be mainly involved in thefts, robberies, burglaries, protection racket and loan sharking, and reside in the wealthy suburb of Giannouli. The patriarch of the family seems to be Kostas, father and grandfather of several members of the family. They are associated with another gypsy family, the Siambanis.

They runned a loan sharking business, lending money at an interest rate of 10% per month, throughout Thessaly as well as in Pieria and Thessaloniki, and acquiring several properties in Thessaly, as well as luxury cars and even yachts. One of Kostas sons (or nephew), Kyriakos, was the one who organized the ring and was arrested in 2006 along several other people. Kyriakos was also convicted in 1998, for the murder of his cousin Vassilis in Giannouli, during a bloody shootout between two rival branches of the family, where one of Kostas sons, Angelos, was injured. 

One of Kostas brothers, Stefanos, was arrested for usury and protection racket in 2009 along with several others members of the family: they demanded 50 000 euros for the protection of benches and places in Agrinio which he also rented to street dealers; places they secured through the Agrinio Municipality. At one point, Stefanos Vilanakis even told someone who owed him a money he had to sell one of his kidney to pay his debt. On april 2006, they also robbed a pair of goldsmiths on the Polykastros-Kilkis road, posing as policemen and stealing away six bags of gold worth one million euro. 

On may 2011, several members of the family as well as Sambanis, including Kostas (who was convicted to 14 years of prison) and his Kyriakos, were convicted for various offences such as armed robbery, extortion, fraud, usury, thefts and money laundering.
On 2012, another family members were involved in several burglaries in Northern Greece, including the burglary of the house of MP Elena Rapti's father as well as the house of the Metropolitan of Langadas, a suburb of Thessaloniki. They mostly targeted private and public companies, often stealing the safes, until they were arrested in 2012. 



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Michalis Makriyiannis

AKA Makellaris (the Butcher) Gangster born in 1963 in Trikala municipality. He used to be an associate of the Paleokostas brothers and they committed bank robberies, theft, and burglaries but they partnership went sour, perhaps because of the Paleokostas non-violence. Their biggest hit was the robbery of the National Bank of Velestino in 1993, where they stole 20 millions drachmas. First arrested for murder in 1985, he stabbed to death a guy who was bothering a waitress in a bar in Trikala (or he killed a waiter, I'm not sure). Convicted to 24 years but he escaped on October 1990 while being taken to court. 

He apparently caught the eye of the Greek underworld and his next big crime was the robbery of the National Bank in Servia, near Kozani on July 1991, where he got away with a loot of eight million drachmas. Armed robbery soon became his specialty, and he is famous for his violent temper. On October 1993, Makriyiannis, after an argument in a club named  Hrysa Nyhta (Golden Night) in Acharnon, shot and killed the treasurer of the club as well as one of his own friend who tried to stop him, Antonis Dimitropoulos (whose brother, Haris, was also with them) and wounded two waiters. On December 1993, he shot five times his Greek-American girlfriend, Angeliki Tsenembi (who apparently threatened to report him to the police) in Keratea, who then died from her injuries while being treated in a hospital in Toronto. He also murdered postman Ilias Liavas on October 1994. Liavas brought Tsenembi to the hospital and Makriyiannis and Tegas were afraid he would talk. He was also accused of the attempted murder of a relative of Trikala nightlcub owner Zloutas Diamandis in Varkiza as well as for a shootout with the police, once again in 1994. He and his accomplice Kostas Tegas were arrested on December 1994.

First jailed in Korydallos, he was injured during an escape attempt and moved to Alikarnassos prison in Crete. On July 2006, he was allowed a leave and did not return. He was arrested on October 2007 in Haidari, Attica along with anarchists and bank robber Konstantinos Polydorou. On August 2012, he was allowed a five-day leave from Larissa Prison and escaped again (though he was allowed ten leaves since 2010 and came back to prison every time before that). During his time outside, he robbed four banks in Corinth, Fthiotis, Ermionida and Achaea until he was recaptured in Peristeri, West Attica in November 2012.






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Marjan Kola

Albanian gangster born on July 27 1977 in Vig village. He fled Albania after killing two fellow villagers because of a blood feud with another family. Mainly involved in armed robberies, he started operating in Thessaloniki in the early 90's. He also did agricultural work in the 90's in the Argos and Corinth region, which he know very well because of this and worked as a shepherd in Greece before fleeing his village. On October 1995, he murdered taxi driver Nikos Tsalakos near Aegina. 

On November 2007 he was arrested in Thessaloniki after he robbed 37 banks and post offices, including 14 in the Attica region and jailed in Larissa prison, though he escaped during a day leave in 2009. On November 2009, he escaped from a police station in Thebes where he met his accomplice Ermal Lita, himself a prolific robber. Together, they committed more than 30 robberies throughout the Athenians suburbs, usually armed with Kalashnikovs. On February 2010, Kola was arrested in Vyronas after a shooting with the police during which a 25-year old plumber was killed in the crossfire. 

Jailed in Trikala Prison, he staged a massive escape on March 23, 2013, where six Albanian gunmen stormed Trikala prison, injuring two prison guards during a long shootout and helped eleven Albanian prisoners escape (three of them were caught the following day though) including Kola, Lita and Ilir Kupa, Flaulant Luli, Admir Murataj, Fatos Sulaj, Edison Lika and Klement Kala. During his escape, he didn't stop his criminal career: among other feats, he killed a woman bystander during a shootout with the police in Isthmia and shot and killed a policeman during a routine check in Distomo. He became more ruthless and determined to die rather than go back to prison (as he said to cops "next time I will kill you or you will kill me"). He was finally killed during a police operation near the Albanian border.
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Yeah, great post man!!!!!!!

Tsakoyiannis is a joke and he probably never killed a man in his life.

Ekathimerini.com had great articles and they deleted the archive over a year ago.

Mithridatis, I would like for you to write a bio on Tsakoyiannis, Crack Head Peter, and Teddy & Nick the Greek if it's possible.
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Cool photos!

If any of you guys can post more photos, that would be great!

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CostasGr1 as I already said, most information about the Grigorakos, Crack Head Peter Sedhom and Tsakoyiannis are already covered in the topic The Final Greek Mafia War of the Century, part one and two, and I don't really have much more information on those guys. The only things more I can tell you about Tsakoyiannis is that he was born in Athens in 1970, was first convicted for car theft at 19 before joining the Grigorakos in the 90's. After having all the Grigorakos killed and becoming one of the top bosses in Athens, he became the owner of the Ilioupoli Football Club in 2003. On June 2011, he was arrested for being part of a match-fixing ring that involved a lot of people in Greek football including PAOK (one of Thessaloniki club) president and the Hellenic Football Federation. He is currently jailed in Trikala prison.
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Mithridatis,

I tried to find articles at espressonews.gr and tovima.gr (
Vasilis G.

Lambropoulos)
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>>If you want some information on Greek organized crime, I'd

recommend the newspaper site Espresso and the

articles of To Vima journalist Vasilis G. Lambropoulos who is specialized in

crime news. I don't think there is any

site specialized on the subject but you might try looking out for forums, I

didn't try myself.<<

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For Lambropoulos try typing his name in Greek Βασίλης Γ. Λαμπρόπουλος it usually work for me, as for espresso news try using keywords such as "mafia", "sumoria", "nonos tis nychtas" etc (or even when searching for info on greek gangsters on google, use Google Greece it's better). The site Crimesonair seems good for information on crimes in Greece (never really read it though, so I can't really say if it's reliable), though besides that I didn't found any sites specialized in Greek gangsters so you pretty much have to search for informations in various news sites, just as I do. If you can understand greek then it's better, I had to translate most informations with google translate so it badly worded or even misunderstanded. I hope I helped you.
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Thank you man. I will start looking things up myself 
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I just noticed the additions you just made.

Good job Mithridatis!!!

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Pethyia, I just found this sight from GreekOrganizedCrime.blogspot.com and I am very proud of my Greek heritage.

I always wanted more knowledge on Greek Mafiosi and I could never find anything at all really.

This site fuckin rocks and you can believe I will be posting my opinions and questions whenever I get a chance.

Tsao!!!
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I'm glad some of you guys are starting to post because I would like to see some dialogue on Greek Organized Crime since we cannot do that on my site.
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I wish it to be the case as well, also if any of you have some information on some leaders of Cretan crimes family, Cretan nonos or any important figures from Zoniana or Mylopotamos (I've done a biography on the Parasyris family but besides that, I couldn't find the name of any Cretan nonos, apparently the "K family' is the most powerful crime clan from Mylopotamos, so if someone know who they are, it would help. Also I'm trying to find information on gypsies gangsters or clans in Greece, since two gypsies ghettos, Dendropotamos in Thessaloniki and Zefyri in Attica, are also drugs supermarkets so I wish to know who run those dealings.

Also according to To Vima there are eight great inmates in Greek prisons, who are all important criminals and live like princes in jail, they are 3 greeks, 3 rossopontioi and 2 albanians. While I'm pretty sure two of the greeks are Vlastos and Stefanakos, and that Rizaj is probably one of the two albanians, it would be helpful if you know, or at least have an idea, who theses big inmates are.
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I definitely concur!!!
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Bravo,, I am in!
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 "Parasyris Family"

Crazy ass Cretans!!!

They will challenge you to a knife fight outside just for looking at them "wrong"..lol.
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"...in Lasithi though he failed and wasn't elected (though apparently a lot of people voted for him in Neapoli prison in Lasithi)."

So, prisoners can vote from prison for the elections?


In the US, felons lose their right to vote.

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I think they can vote yes, I recalled having once read an article which said people in Korydallos psychiatric unit voted. However the whole "people in prison voted for him" thing was maybe only a joke (the article I took it from was mainly blaming political corruption in Greece and Bakoyianni's ties with the Parasyris so it may not have been said seriously). As for a lot of things, I can't really be sure.
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I think they can vote yes, I recalled having once read an article which said people in Korydallos psychiatric unit voted. However the whole "people in prison voted for him" thing was maybe only a joke (the article I took it from was mainly blaming political corruption in Greece and Bakoyianni's ties with the Parasyris so it may not have been said seriously). As for a lot of things, I can't really be sure.


Lol..that is sort of funny though!!!

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I heard of Vassilis Varelas. I also heard he could take on multiple opponents with his superior striking skills and nobody wanted to fuck with him in jail.
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Apparently he suffer from some illness now, besides the fact he probably is past his prime, so I guess he's not the toughest guy in prison anymore. I wonder how the other prisoners will react to a guy who had a child killed, that's the kind of shit even the most hardened gangster is disgusted by.
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In prison, everyone hates an inmate who raped or killed an innocent child.
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In prison, everyone hates an inmate who raped or killed an innocent child.



For sure!!! Even when they are in protective custody (PC) there is a risk of getting attacked.

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I cannot wait to see who is next on the list
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That's funny how Gypsy families take the names of their host country as a way to blend it somewhat.

Even then, they are suspicious of "outsiders".

My friend told me that even rich gypsy's sleep on the floors of their mansions out of habit. He was not kidding but I do not know if this is true or not lol. 

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Mithridatis, have you found any other photos of the Grigorakos family, Tsakoyiannis, Peter, or Yiannopoulos?
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Peter Sedhom


Tsakoyiannis


The Grigorakos (Far Left of the picture, also with Nastoulis, Vlastos and Paleokostas)

It was the only picture of the Grigorakos (besides Teddy's photos which you can find on Michael Pappas's site, along with other photos of Tsakoyiannis) I could find. I didn't found any picture of Yiannopoulos either, sorry.

Also if someone has a proposition for a biography (besides the Grigorakos, Sedhom, Tsakoyiannis or the Paleokostas-I might do the Paleokostas biography but no now) it will be helpful.






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The best extortion philosophy was the "take few from the many". It was this power over the many that allowed them a doorway to extort "a lot from the few" when it came to nightclub extortion.
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I think they were already involved in the nightclubs racket; American-style protection racket (take few from many) was brought in Greece by the Grigorakos family in the late 80's. It was very successful and apparently is a trademark of old-fashioned gangsters such as Païzis and Kalapotharakos. Apparently today gangster have given up the practice in favor of more violent methods (though of course it was always better before as we say) though russian-style protection racket (I don't really see the differences though, it just seems to target every kind of business rather than small business and nightclubs) begin to appear in Greece thanks to the gangsters from the former Soviet Union.


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I remember reading somewhere about how Nick Grigorakos was dating an older woman who was active in the Athens underworld. She had an adult son named Steve who was part of Nick's crew who was burned in a car accident but survived with burns on most of his body. Can you guys see if you can find those articles because I cannot find them anymore. I think she died when one of her own bombs went off in her car.

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Found her: that's British Susan-Mary Aristidi (born Weymouth) they talk about her in this article
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/greece/1329119/British-woman-killed-by-own-bomb.html
Apparently her husband Spyros Aristidis aka Steve Aris  is a nightclub owner who was part of the Greek underworld and the couple was close to the Grigorakos family though I didn't find any evidence that she was Nick's lover (though she was his koumbara). She apparently took over her husband's nightclub after he left for Australia. Also, her bomb was set off by her rottweiler, sad way to die really.

Also her two sons were teenagers at the time of her death so I guess her husband was really the one who was an associate of Nick.
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Evangelos Sellianakis
Cretan outlaw born in 1958 in Chania who grew up in the Apokoronas municipality. He was a violent thug and small-time criminal involved in thefts and burglaries in Lappa, near Rethymno as well as in cattle-stealing. He was first arrested on September 1985 for attempted murder in the village of Kournas. He was also wanted for another attempted murder in an Athenian bar and he shot someone in the leg in another Athens bar in 1998.

He became famous for his involvement in one of Crete's bloodiest vendettas. In 1994, Fotoula Mouzouraki was raped, tortured and strangled in Patima village. Sellianakis was one of the culprits, though his friends Michalis Dikonimakis and Nikos Pollakis were the ones convicted for the crime. Apparently the reason for the feud between Sellianakis and the Mouzarakis family was a land dispute. On August 1994, Sellianakis murdered Fotoula's youngest son, Kostas, to prevent any retribution. 

Later that year, Dikonimakis' father and brother, Manolis and Sifis, were also killed and on September 1995, Sellianakis nephew, Vangelis, was shot and killed. Sellianakis himself was arrested by the police while trying to flee to Canada on February 1995. Jailed in Alikarnassos prison, he managed to smuggle a gun into the prison and escape with seven other prisoners on July 1996, wounding two policemen in his escape. In 1996, he killed Yiannis Mouzourakis, Fotoula's eldest son and murderer of Sellianakis nephew, in Peristeri where he was hiding.

He then became one of Greece's most wanted fugitives and escaped arrest for 15 years. He hid in the White Mountains of Crete, always changing locations and always having weapons on him. He also acted as a contract killer in various vendettas, in exchange ensuring him  protection from the law and help. He might be responsible for the murders of Yiannis Papadonikolakis in Athens in 2009; Manolis Vranakis in Archontiki village on August 2009 and Manolis Zakakis on February 2010 near Rethymno. However, on January 2011, the police managed to track him down in Archontiki: he first tried resisting arrest with a Kalashnikov and grenades, but eventually shot himself in the head to avoid being arrested.
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Alexandros Kosmopoulos

Mobster born in 1961. During the 80-90's, he was one of the main mobsters of Central Athens as well as in the City of Acharnes in East Attica. He was involved mainly in the protection racket of nightclubs and brothels. He was arrested in 1992 in Gythio, Peloponnese for the murders of bank employee Giorgos Kasas as well as the boxer Theodoros Dourziotis in a nightclub, allegedly because he didn't call him "sir". He might also be responsible for the murder of Dimitris Maniavos in Petroupoli in 1990.

His organization was already weakened by the murder of his right-hand man Theodoros Kallimoros. However, he still was involved in the protection rackets even while in prison and Vassilis Stefanakos had to pay him one million drachmas a month so he'll leave him operate alone without interfering. He was indicted for his participation in extortion and the criminal organizations of Attica in 2002 even though he was already in prison.  

He was released in 2003 and joined the organization of another godfather and may have been involved in three bombings in Eleusina. He was murdered in November 2008 by two hitmen. His death might be related to the war between two jailed godfathers, one in Trikala and the other in Malandrinos (maybe Vlastos and Nastoulis) as he was close to the Trikala godfather.
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Yeoryios Anagnostopoulos

Mobster born in 1974. Involved mainly in nightclubs, he knew many artists, including singers Maria Grekou, Alekos Zazopoulos (who was present at his murder) and Hara Verra. He used to be an associate of Kostas Tsantsaridis, Godftaher of Piraeus until his murder in 2003, as well as of Themis Kalapotharakos.

In August 2000, he and Egyptian Yasser Hamada tried to kill godfather Nikos Kotridis, shooting him 4 times in Loutraki, as revenge for the murder of Andrea Duni, an Albanian friend of the pair. Agnostopoulos was also arrested in 1998 for an extortion case as well as for throwing a grenade in a cafe in Thisio in 2002.

He later claimed to have severed times with the underworld and became a legit businessman. He was the owner of the nightclub "Notes Live" near the Iera Odos, as well as a shareholder of a known club in Alexandras Avenue of Athens.

On March 2004, he was shot near his home but managed to get away. He avoided another assassination attempt when a bomb was planted in his car in 2008. However on June 2009 he was shot and killed in a cafe in Galatsi. His murder was related to the war between Kostas Nastoulis and Panayiotis Vlastos and he may have been betrayed by his associate and "protégé" Dimitris Paraskevopoulos who was also killed in September 2009. 


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Ioannis Darilas

Mobster born in 1957 in Agrinio, Aetolia-Acarnania. He was the leader of a nine-man gang in Agrinio and its surroundings, involved mainly in the protection racket of at least 14 businesses as well as in drug dealing and loan-sharking.

The monthly protection fee varied for each businesses: cafeterias had to pay 500 to 1000 euros each month; 1500 euros for nightclubs; 400 euros for kafeneios; 800 euros for mezopoleios (a kind of Greek restaurant) and 600 euros for ouzeries.

As usual, reluctant payers were victims of threats and beatings. The gang also enjoyed police protection. They were nicknamed "the Gang with Ferrari's" because they roamed the city with Ferrari's and other luxury cars. Darilas also knew the Grigorakos family and his gang invested money in the construction of the Ionian Highway. 

In 2010, he was arrested after a fight with a rival gangster, Lambros Koutsoukis, with whom he has been enemy for at least a decade, during the Agios Ioannis Riganas festival of Agrinio. The fight involved Kalashnikov rifles, hand-to-hand combat, and beatings with bottles. Darilas was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in prison. They also tried to kill another rival gangster the same day. The gang was dismantled in March 2011 after a massive crackdown on gangs throughout Greece. 
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Yeoryios Litsas

AKA Boumbi, this mobster was born in 1973 in Petroupoli, a Northwest suburb of Athens. While he was jailed in Tiryns prison in Peloponnese for robberies, he led a gang involved in protection rackets with a man named Evangelos Sifakakis. They sold their protection to at least 35 shops in Athens and Piraeus for at least 40,000 and up to 500,000 drachmas a week. The gang was dismantled in March 2000.

Litsas was also responsible for a bloody robbery at the Nikaia Hospital where a cashier was killed as well as the robbery of the National Bank of Alonissos where they stole one million euros before escaping on speedboats in August 2010.

Litsas, with Vassilis Grivas and former soldier Nikos Tsoulfas led another gang involved in the protection racket of at least 130 businesses, including nightclubs, stripclubs, and internet cafes..extorting 1000 to 3000 euros a month. They were also involved in drug dealing and tried to fraud the Bank of Greece with 1,500,000 euros in fake banknotes. The gang numbered 29 members and associates and was active in the center and the coast of Athens, the Northern Suburbs as well as Nikaia, Piraeus, Peristeri, and Glyfada. The Vlastos-Stefanakos gang also planned to have Litsas and Grivas killed for 50,000 euros. They also purchases sniper rifles while planning to kill rival gangsters. The gang was dismantled in March 2011 during a massive crackdown on organized crime throughout Greece. 

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Theodoros Krallis

Mobster born in 1965 from Kypseli neighborhood in Athens. He led a gang active in Central Athens mainly involved in car thefts for ransoms: his gang stole a car and the owner had to pay it back. Of course, they burned the cars if they were not being paid. Among other crimes, they stole a BMW car and gave it back to its owner for a 500,000 drachmas ransom and stole another BMW from a Corinth resident who paid 800,000 drachmas to get it back. However, the Corinth owner actually went to the police and Krallis was arrested and charged for car thefts and extortion. He was already arrested before for similar offenses.

In November 1997, he was an accomplice in the kidnapping and violent double murder of businessman Yeoryios Nikolaïdis and his girlfriend Soula Kalathaki. The kidnapping was organized by fellow mobster Panayiotis Krambis (though he was acquitted in 2012). After being indicted for this crime, he fled to Saudi Arabia but was arrested when he came back to Greece in 2002 and jailed for robbery, forgery and illegal possession of a weapon. 

He led another 10-men gang involved in the protection racket of at least 34 businesses throughout Attica, extorting 150 to 500 euros per week. The gang was also involved in loan-sharking, arms and drug dealings, and prostitution. The gang was dismantled in March 2012.



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Gangster born in 1951 in Drama, East Macedonia. He grew up in poverty with six siblings and had to stop school to support his family. In 1966, his family moved to Athens, where his father died and his mother lived in Spata, east of Athens. After various jobs, he opened a liquor store in Pangrati neighbourhood, married and had a daughter. However, after some tough times he began signing bad checks and was jailed in Neapoli prison in 1988 for fraud. On june 1989, Keremidis, along with two seven other prisoners escaped from Neapoli during a prison escape staged by two of the escapees, robbers Nikos Vassilakakis and Kostas Badzakakis. During the escape, two prison guards were shot and killed. Keremidis claimed he escaped because he couldn't go to his mother funeral (she died in march 1989, allegedly from grief because her son was in prison). 

He was arrested five month later in the cretan village of Plemeniana and was convicted to a life sentence for complicity in the murder of the two policemen. In july 1995 he escaped from Trikala prison along with fourteen other convicts. Having learned from criminals in prison, he began a career as a gangster involved in armed robbery, using weapons and grenades and constantly changing homes and cars. From august 1995 and october 1996 he robbed six banks and the restaurant "Goody's" in Peristeri. He was also involved in drug trafficking, supplying the Athenian high society with cocaine. He was a known playboy as well as an avid reader of poetry, especially famous poets Yiorgos Seferis, Konstantinos Kavafis and Kostas Karyotakis. 

He was a known accomplice of the Paleokostas brothers and was involved in the kidnapping of shipping magnate Alexandros Haïtoglou, who was released for a 260 million drachmas ransom. He was arrested on october 1995 along with Vassilis Paleokostas but managed to escape again from Trikala prison some times later. On october 1996, he robbed the General Bank of Moschato, a southern suburb of Athens, stealing away 6,5 millions drachmas.  Keremidis was shot and killed by the police on 21 october, 1996 while visiting a girlfriend in the HYGEIA Hospital in Athens. 


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AKA Zaranika or Petaloudas (Butterfly) Gangster  born around 1967 in Trikala in a modest and traditionnal family. His father was a builder and they moved throughout Greece to eventually settle in Athens. Interested in painting and photography, he studied Graphic and Decorative Arts at the  Technological Educational Institute of Athens and tried to learn to play drums. He is an avid reader, especially of Friedrich Nietzsche and Fyodor Dostoyevski and he was influenced by the memoir Papillon of Henri Charrière, which described the escape of the author from a penal colony in French Guiana. A rebellious personality who didn't like rules nor constraints, he began stealing from shops and eventually committed burglaries and car thefts in Athens. He often visited his birthplace of Trikala where he opened a bar. In Trikala, he met Nikos Paleokostas; the two quickly became friends and partners in Crime. They began robbing shops and cars and later they began targeting jewelries. In the meantime, Nikos younger brother, Vassilis, joined the team. 
 
In 1985, Samaras was arrested during an attempted burglary and jailed in Corfu prison, from where he escaped in 1987. He was recaptured by the police in 1989 though he soon escaped again. In autum 1991, he escaped from a police van (whose floor is made of wood) by scratching the floor with an homemade blade and escaping through the hole while the van stopped at a gas station without the guards noticing anything. In 1992, he and the Paleokostas brothers robbed  the National Bank of Kalambaka, Thessaly, stealing away 125 millions drachmas (Samaras claimed the heist was more of an impulsion and that they actually planned to rob something else before changing their mind at the last minute). Samaras claims to have never been involved in drugs or to have stolen personal goods, besides cars which he claims to have returned to their owners whenever he could, as well as never killing or hurting innocents. He also choosed to became a gangster because he liked living a dangerous life. In 1996, he escaped from Patras prison during a riot where he and three albanians took hostage a prison guard.
 
He end up in prison again sometimes later. After being released in 2004, he decided to end his career: he first worked for a NGO which gave work for disabled persons in Athens and finished his studies there, then he came back to Trikala and worked there as a publisher and photographer, photographing models for newspapers. He even wrote his own book named "Wanted", describing his life as a fugitive which is apparently soon to be adapted into a movie. He apparently tried to resumed his life of crime in Ioannina after meeting a 30-year old girl from there who was a fan of his book but he was rather unsuccessful. In march 2012 he was arrested in Central Athens for having skipped several times his police probation (he had to go to the local police department each first and fifteenth of the month). Throughout his life, he is responsible for at least 100 robberies, spent 16 years in prison and escaped five times from it.
 
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This post is about the "Russian" (actually made up of several ethnicities from the former Soviet Union) underworld in Greece. Besides the bio for Cholakidis, there will be some infos about gangsters who were active in Greece. There is plenty of informations on the Thieves in Law (vor v zakone, plural: vory) on internet. Key people to know are Georgian-Yezidi (a Kurdish religious group) Aslan Usoyan,  who was one of the top boss of the vory in the world as well as his rival georgian Tariel Oniani and Usoyan's lieutenant georgian Lasha Shushanashvili. The russian mob is especially presents in Thessaloniki but also in Athens and its Western Suburbs, and they are probably the biggest foreign mafia operating in Greece beside the Albanians (though Albanians gangsters are more like a part of Greek Organized Crime as a whole, since they works with and for Greeks). Rossopontioi are ethnic greeks from the former Soviet Union.

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Lavrenty Shotayevich Cholakidis

AKA Liova Grek or Liova Stavropolsky Rossopontios mobster born on January, 12 1974 in Opreti village, near Marneuli, Georgia. He owned both Russian and Greek citizenship. He was crowned vor v zakonie in 1999, despite never having been in prison (or even convicted for anything) and being rather young at the time. A lieutenant of Aslan Usoyan, Cholakidis was appointed as leader of the "Russian" mob in Greece after Matvey Pilidis death in 2005. His appointment caused a controversy in the russian underworld of the city and several gangsters didn't paid allegiance to him.

He was involved in drug trafficking, protection racket, prostitution and gambling in the city of Stavropol where he was crowned, and most, if not all, of the businesses owned by the Greek community of the city was under his "protection". The money from their illegal activities was laundered through several companies owned by Cholakidis in Greece, such as a chain of gas stations and a bus company engaged in passenger transport in Europe. Thanks to his skills for negotiating with police officers as well as his bus company, he allowed several "russians" mobsters to enter into Greece and spent time hiding there without fearing the authorities: among them was Lasha Shushanashvili, who took refuge in a mansion owned by Cholakidis relatives while being sought for murder in France.

He supervised several teams of killers and may be responsible for the killings of several mobsters who were associates of georgian vor Tariel Oniani, who was at war with Usoyan: among them are Malkhaz Makhonia in 2010, of Yuri (Yiorgos) Tevrenchidis in 2003 as well as Vakho Chachanidze and Malkhaz Mindadze, as well as other gangland murders in Thessaloniki. His brother is also a known businessman with police connections. On may 2010 he died from a cardiac arrest in his house of the Thessaloniki's suburbs of Oraiokastro. According to Greek newspapers, his funeral brought over 5000 persons from all over the world. His death also weakened the power of Aslan Usoyan, especially in Greece.





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AKA Matvey Sukhumsky Rossopontios mobster born on September, 21 1955, in Shroma village, near Sukhumi, Abkhazia. He was crowned vor in september in Sukhumi with the consent of Yuri Lakoba, one of the most prominent vory of the city. He also had two "godsons" (vory crowned with his and other vory's consent), both rossopontioi, Yuri Tevrenchidis (famous for being one of the responsible for the murder of Alik Zografopoulos, Sukhumi's top greek vor, and killed in Greece in 2005) and Aleksandr Khashirov (one of Aslan Usoyan's lieutenants, who was killed during a gang war with one of Usoyan's rivals on october 1998).

He was the most prominent vor v zakone of the "Russian'" mob in Thessaloniki (made up of Russians, Georgians, Armenians and Rossopontioi) when he arrived in the city at 33years old, and he appointed leader of the russian underworld of the city, presumably by Aslan Usoyan. Before his crowning, the "Russian" mob was divided into several gangs He won the respect of all ex-Soviet gangsters in city because he spent many years in prison in Russia and they thought he was fit for the role. He forbid stealing for the russians gangsters of the city and demanded a share from all their other criminal activities. He was mostly involved in protection racket and stayed away from drugs and prostitution. Also during his "reign" he wasn't involved in any murder in Greece (or at least he claimed so) He followed the unwritten rules and obligations of the vory and stayed unmarried for years because of these rules. 
However, he soon became involved in drugs and even ends up as an addict and got married. He was demoted from his position and replaced by Lavrenty Cholakidis. According to Greek sources, he was demoted in 2001 and died in 2003 somewhere in Russia whereas according to Russian sources he died in december 1998 in Sochi, Russia

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 David Davidis dze Mazanashvili

AKA Dato Rustavsky Georgian mobster born on July, 27 1976 in Rustavi. After the death of Lavrenty Cholakidis and the arrest of Lasha Shushanashvili in January 2012, Mazanashvili, himself a close associate and former bodyguard of Shushanashvili who was with him when he was arrested (but was released as the police didn't have anything on him) took over the "Russian" underworld of Thessaloniki. On march 2013, he was crowned vor v zakonie in Greece along with four other gangsters. As usual for a vor, he supervised and received a share of the activities of several gangs throughout Northern Greece involved in robberies, burglaries, arms and drug trafficking etc, and acted as mediator in gangsters conflicts. Convicted in absentia to eight years of detention, he had to hide from the police using fake passports of various nationalities and other forged documents. However, on december 2013, he was arrested along with three other georgians vory; Merab Asanidze, Georgi Beriashvili and Georgi Engeladze; in a hotel room of Oraiokastro. The police found forged documents in his hotel rooms, and in later inspections of his houses they found several weapons and other forged documents. Three of his lieutenants (among them two rossopontioi) were also arrested.  



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Vazha Archilis dze Biganishvili

Georgian vor born on August 30, 1956 in Tbilissi, Georgia. He was convicted in 1982 to 15years of prison for robbery, though he was released in 1992 as part of a broad amnesty after the independence of Georgia. He then moved to Moscow like many of his fellow countrymen and mobsters. He began one of the most prominent georgian vor in the russian capital city, and the gangs under his control were specialized in economic crimes, notably frauds and thefts. In march 2004, he was detained after a gathering of georgian vory in Nemchinovka (a village in Moscow region), who reunited to settle the conflict between the rivals Kutaisi and Tbilisi groups (which was caused by the murder of a Kutaisi vor, Gocha Chikhladze). Biganishvili was freed, but was later arrested in possession of a gun (he was always carrying one because he feared for his life) and a bag of heroin.

At some point in his life, he left Russia to settle in Greece, where he became one of the top vory in the country. Most vory in the country are either part of his clan, or of Dato Sebiskveradze's, though there is no bad blood between the two criminals. In Greece, he organized several gatherings in the greek islands and crowned at least twelve new vory. It appeared he was a enemy to the Aslan Usoyan clan. Though recently, two vory named Shota Tevdoradze and Georgy Endeladze began to contest his power, notably by preventing the crowning of another Vazha's supporters, Georgy Kiladze. Biganishvili, not being a man of conflict, didn't do anything to help his protégé. Also, another one of his godson, Mamuka Janiashvili, died of an heart attack in march 2015 in Athens.








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David Varlamis dze Sebiskveradze

AKA Dato Kutaisky, Varlamych and Kulyaska. Georgian vor v zakone born in 1954 in Kutaisi. During the late 90's, Sebiskveradze was in conflict with another vor name Roland Chikvaidze, himself godson of another prominent vor, Sergey Kutateladze. As a result of this conflit, Sebiskveradze was shot and end up wheelchair-bound as of New Year 2000. 

At some point of his life, he settled in Greece and became one of the country's most influent vor, along with Vazha Biganishvili. He led a clan mainly made up of several of his "godchildren". Despite being from Kutaisi- and as such traditionally opposed to vory from Tbilissi- he was a close ally of Aslan Usoyan in Greece. He organized a large-scale vory meeting in the Greek islands on march 2012, where five gangsters loyal to Usoyan were crowned vory, as well as five more in november of the same year. In the vory's world, both he and Biganishvili are opposed to Zakhar Kalashov, a powerful yezidi mobster and leading figure in the vory, and he is allied to russian vory Yury Pichugin and Vasily Khristoforov.

On december 2015, Sebiskveradze and two of his godsons- Shota Asatiani and Lasha Ugrelidze- were arrested because of their leading role in a georgian gang of 12 people responsible for at least 174 burglaries throughout Athens, mainly in the houses and apartments of wealthy families in the Northern and southern suburbs, stealing as much as 10 millions euros worth of valuables. Among their crimes was the burglary of a german duchess's house in Filothei, were the robbers's loot was at least worth more than 10 000euros. Part of the gang revenues were given to Sebiskveradze and his clan, as per formal procedure toward the vory.
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Iraklis Nyktaris
 
Cretan mobster born in 1970. He was the main representative of the Mylopotamos mafia in the Athens underworld and was mainly involved in arms and drugs trafficking to Athens mobsters. He is said to be acquainted with businessmen and politicians, as well as secret owner of a nightclub of Alexandras Avenue in Athens. He was convicted on december 1993 for the murder of a taxi driver outside an athenian bar, allegedly because he looked wrong a woman who was with Nyktaris. He was also arrested on june 2000 in Piraeus after an illegal arms sales and while carrying weapons. He also helped hiding both Yiorgos Anagnostopoulos and Yasser Hamada near Rethymno after their attempted murder of Nikos Kotridis on august 2000. One of his relative, Astrinos Nyktaris, was responsible for the kidnapping of policeman Adam Paradisinos.

It appears Nyktaris is involved in football in Crete: he is a shareholder of the OFI Herakleion, Crete's main football club and is considered the club secret owner. He was involved in the match-fixing scandal which rocked Greek football in 2011: Ilioupoli FC's owner, Yiorgos Tsakoyiannis, was bribed by Nyktaris so Ilioupoli lost against the OFI (it was one of the several rigged football matches set up by Tsakoyiannis). OFI's chairman, Nikos Mahlas as well as Nyktaris's lawyer, Alexis Kouyias, denied any involvement of Nyktaris in the case and it appears he wasn't indicted and is still involved with the OFI. 
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Ioannis Aryiris


Gangster born around 1962. He is a former bodyguard of Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis as well as of Public Order Minister Ioannis Vassiliadis and a  former officer of the EKAM (Eidiki Katastiltiki Antitromokratiki Monada, the Special Anti-terrorist unit).

In 1987, he killed anarchist Mihalis Prekas, alleged leader of an anarchist group, during a shootout in Kalogreza. On February 1991, Aryiris and another EKAM officer were arrested for arms trafficking for which he was convicted to four years in prison in 1997 along with his brother Nikolaos, also a member of the EKAM. Besides arms and explosives sales, they were also involved in the protection racket of bars in Omonia, Athens; the Elis regional unit and Chalcis, in Euboea.

In November 2007, he set up a five-men gang in Chalcis, Amarynthos and Eretria, in Euboea, who was involved once again in protection racket of the businesses of the city. The shopkeepers had to pay at least 200 to 800 euros a month to be left alone by Aryiris gang, otherwise they faced death threats, beatings, or their business was burned to the ground. Some shopkeepers were even threatened at gunpoint. They "protected" at least 11 stores, though there were probably more. Eventually, they were reported by some desperate shopkeepers and the gang was dismantled by the police in February 2013.
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Nikos and Vassilis Paleokostas

Two gangsters brothers, born in 1960 (Nikos) and 1966 (Vassilis, AKA Phantomas or "King of the Mountains") in Moschofyto village, near Trikala. They come from a poor family, their father made a living selling lottery tickets in Trikala. In the 80's, Nikos met Kostas Samaras in a rock bar in Trikala and they start a partnership in crime. They were first involved in jewelries robberies and burglaries; their first big job was the heist of a jewelry in Elassona. After about 27 "hits" Nikos was arrested in Lamia in 1988 and jailed in Trikala prison.

On december 18, 1988, Vassilis helped his brother escapes by throwing a rope to the other other side of the prison wall, allowing Nikos to climb the walls. They briefly spent time in Yugoslavia before coming back to Greece. Nikos and Samaras began robbing agricultural cooperatives throughout Greece, including in Kozani. Nikos was arrested again near Ioannina and jailed in Larissa prison, and Vassilis was arrested for car thefts some times later, though he only spent a few months in prison. Nikos escaped from prison during a massive prison break in Korydallos Prison on december 1990. On may 1991, Vassilis was arrested for the robbery of a jewelry in Pyrgos but he escaped from Chalcis Prison using a makeshift hook on a rope of bed sheets in august.

A few time later, the Paleokostas brothers were going to make their break into the bank robbing business: their first hit was the robbery of the Commercial Bank of Ioannina, where they were dressed as army officers and stole away 25 000 000 drachmas, on november 1991. They spent some time in Paris, in France but soon came back to Greece on May 1992. Along with Samaras, they robbed the National Bank of Kalambaka on June 1992, stealing away 125 millions drachmas in what is known as one of their most famous heists. In 1993, they started a partnership with Michalis Makriyiannis, with whom they robbed the National Bank of Velestino for a 20 millions drachmas loot, as well as several others banks but their partnership went sour. From 1991 to 2006, they are responsible for several robberies throughout Greece (at least 16 bank robberies), including the robbery of the Agricultural Bank of Amfikleia, for a loot of 240 000 euros on february 2002 and of a bank in Arachova for a loot of 140 000 euros on Christmas 2005.

On December 1995, the Paleokostas brothers, along with Pavlos Keremidis, kidnapped prominent Thessaloniki businessman Alexandros Haïtoglou: they snatched him away near his villa of Oraiokastro, put a hood on his head and drove away to Thessaly. Haïtoglou, who said he was well treated by his captors, was released near Karditsa after a ransom of 260 millions drachmas. The Paleokostas denied any involvement in this case.

The two brothers became also very famous for their uncanny ability to escape the police thanks to their great knowledge of the mountains, forests and roads of the country. They are also famous for their reluctance to use violence: they have a policy of never harming civilians, just like their friend Kostas Samaras, and rarely injured cops, as well as never killing anyone. They are often compared to Robin Hood, as they only robbed banks and jewelries, and pretend to only steal from the rich to give to the poors, especially in Thessaly and Trikala (as an example, it is said Nikos gave three millions drachmas to a very poor family whose father had health problems, in a village near Kozakias), which earned them a good popularity in Thessaly and in the rest of Greece. The two Paleokostas have also a different outlook on life: Vassilis is rather close to anarchist ideals (or anti-authoritarians as they are called in Greece) and even call himself an anti-authoritarian while claiming the government is oppressive. Nikos himself is mostly in the game for the money, though he does have a fondness for reading, especially stories of famous Greek Bandits (Banditism was very present and powerful in Greece in the 19th-early 20th centuries), to whom the Paleokostas brothers probably look up to. Also, they are both very popular in Greek prisons, and Vassilis is remembered for giving passionate anti-authoritarian speeches in Corfu, Diavata and Domokos prison.

On december 21, 1999 Vassilis was arrested in Livadeia and convicted to 25 years in prison. In Korydallos prison, Vassilis organized a hunger strike of prisoners in Wing A, after four romanians prisoners died after a fire broke out in their cell. He was then moved to Wing F, where he met Alket Rizaj. On June 4, 2006 in another of their most famous moves, Nikos and another accomplice hijacked a helicopter they rented for a sight-seeing trip, forced the pilot to land on the yard of Korydallos Prison, picked up Vassilis and Rizaj (who befriended Nikos in prison) and then flew away. The guards didn't even react, as they thought it was a visit from prison inspectors. However it is also said the escape was staged by Vassilis Stefanakos, who only wanted Rizaj out, as he was his main hitman, and that Vassilis came along because of Nikos and Rizaj's friendship.

On September 13, 2006 Nikos was ambushed by the police in Livadeia and convicted to 16 years of prison. On June 9, 2008 Vassilis and four accomplices kidnapped businessman Yeoryios Mylonas, head of aluminium conglomerate Alumil SA in Panorama, an affluent suburb of Thessaloniki. Twelve days later, Mylonas was released after his family paid a 12 millions euros ransom, though the kidnappers originally demanded 30 millions. Like Haïtoglou, Mylonas said he was treated well by the kidnappers (note that this actually remniscent of old greek Bandits who had their own code of honor when handling kidnappings). Fun fact: it is said the helicopter pilot who was forced to help Vassilis escape received 2 millions euros from Mylonas ransom, as a thanks from Vassilis.

Vassilis is arrested on August 2008 and jailed once again in Korydallos Prison. And once again he and Alket Rizaj escaped from Korydallos with a helicopter, this time with help of Rizaj's girfriend Aspasia Mitropia, who even shot at the prison guards with an AK-47 (though no guards were injured). Mitropia and another accomplice hijacked the helicopter and forced the pilot to fly over Korydallos courtyard.

Currently, Vassilis Paleokostas is still at large and his brother Nikos is still jailed. He is also Greece's most wanted criminal, and there is a 1 million euro reward from anyone who help the authorities to arrest him. It seems that Paleokostas became close of anti-authoritarians groups, especially of Nikos Maziotis and the Revolutionary Struggle group: on june 2010, a parcel bomb was sent to Minister of Citizen Protection Michalis Chryssohoïdis, and killed his assistant Yeoryios Vassilakis when he opened the package with the bomb in it. Paleokostas fingerprints were found in the package. On february 2011, he shot at policemen when they spotted and tried to arrest him in the area of Livadeia, wounding one of them in the leg. It seems he had facial surgery and hair implantation. His whereabouts are still unknown, and there are rumors that he lives abroad or that he has settled and now has a family.
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Good info Mithraditis!!! This site probably now has more info on Greek Organized Crime
than any other English language site on the internet (including greekorganizedcrime.blogspot.com)

Great job!!!

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Thank you Andy! I hope this is actually the case (though It is kinda sad that there are not many websites about mafia in Greece, even on the Greek internet). 
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Haralambos Lazaridis

Mobster born around 1968 in Kavala. A former kick-boxer, he met a former policeman accused of being an "Crime Syndicate" associate who helped set up his own night-club, the Mouses, Syggrou avenue in Athens. The Mouses attracted many members of the Greek Underworld, including godftathers from Athens Western suburbs and members of the Mylopotamos mafia, as well as senior police officers. He was accused of being involved in protection racket, drug trafficking, fraud and money laundering though he was never convicted. Also, some policemen and security officers agreed to protect Lazaridis if he hired their relatives as bouncers or bodyguards.

In october 2007, Lazaridis paid a petty officer from the Greek Navy, Christos Loukopoulos, 30,000 for the murder of Yiannis Voutirakos, owner of the nightclub Caramella also on Syggrou avenue. However, Loukopoulos was stopped and beaten by Voutirakos henchmens before he managed to carry out the murder. Lazaridis was acquitted of this case. On march 2008, a bomb exploded just outside the Mouses but there wasn't any killed nor injured. 

He was also the boyfriend of singer Angeliki Iliadi, with whom he had a son, as well as the ex-husband of another singer, Popi Malliotaki with whom he had another child. Lazaridis had apparently more than one million euros of debts. Among the people he was indebted to, Yeoryios Anagnostopoulos. On December 2008, Lazaridis was shot and killed in the coastal suburb of Voula; Angeliki Iliadi, who was with him, was aslo injured.

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