Thieves by Law

A FILM BY Alexander Gentelev

...a clear, concise and shockingly candid account of Russian gangsterism as told by the shamelessly high-living, self-contented crooks themselves.
-Ronnie Scheib, Variety
An exciting, fast-paced course in the history of organized crime in Russia?
-Howard Feinstein, Screen Daily
?a smart and fascinating peek inside the Russian Mafia?
-Lauren Wissot, Slant Magazine
4/5 Stars
-Kieran Grant, EYE WEEKLY


They've appeared as menacing villains in some of Hollywood’s greatest crime thrillers. Now, meet the real godfathers of the Russian Mafia. Thieves by Law reveals shocking tales of murder, torture and extortion from three mobsters-turned-businessmen so cold-blooded they would have Tony Soprano begging for mercy. Covering everything from their strict codes of honour to the meaning behind those tattoos made so famous by Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises, these kingpins expose every last dark detail of the most feared crime syndicate in the world.

Theatrical Release Date

Original Languages: Russian/Hebrew
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Running Time: 90 min.
Year: 2010


Leonid Bilunov
Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov
Vitaly Demochka
Alexander Gentelev