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Russian mafia boss Yaponchik shot

Vyacheslav Ivankov
"Yaponchik" served long jail terms in Russia and the US

Doctors are attempting to save the life of the notorious Russian mafia boss known as Yaponchik, after he was shot leaving a Moscow restaurant.

Vyacheslav Ivankov, who served time in Soviet and US prisons, was shot three times in the stomach and seriously injured, investigators said.

A sniper rifle was found abandoned in a vehicle parked nearby.

Mr Ivankov, nearly 70, made headlines four years ago when a Moscow court acquitted him of a multiple shooting.

He had been charged with murdering two Turkish nationals and injuring a third in a Moscow restaurant in 1992.

He was shot around 1920 (1520 GMT) on Tuesday as he left a restaurant on Khoroshevskoye Road, said Anatoly Bagmet of the Moscow prosecutor's office.

The man dubbed Yaponchik (in English: "the little Japanese") served nearly 10 years in a US jail for extortion and a fake marriage before being extradited to Russia to face trial for the Turkish shooting.

In Soviet times, he spent 10 years in jail for gangsterism.

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