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  1. Iosif Blumkin Iosif Blumkin was born on August 17, 1983 to a middle class, mixed Jewish family in Odessa, Soviet Ukraine. He is the second born child of Semyon Romanovich Blumkin and Anastasiya Yakivna-Fersht. Semyon was a Russian Jew whereas Anastasiya was a Ukrainian Jew. His older brother, Meir, was also born in Odessa in 1978. His family are Russian and Ukrainian Jews from the Odessa region and Crimea. The Holocaust decimated his family, which resulted in most of his surviving relatives emigrating to Israel in the late 1940s. Early life Blumkin spent most of his childhood in Odessa. His father worked as a private financial advisor in the city. His mother’s side of the family were extensively involved in the city’s culinary industry. His mother’s family owned a series of restaurants around Odessa, and were locally renowned. His parents had legitimate careers and actual jobs; they weren’t involved with any crime. Blumkin moved to Israel in 1999, at age 16. With him was his father, who brought him there after an intense divorce. His brother Meir remained behind in Odessa in order to continue running a family restaurant. He and his father obtained dual citizenship in Israel within a year of their emigration there. He was called up for the Israeli Defense Forces at age 18, but a friend’s uncle in recruitment fraudulently waived him from service. Blumkin got involved with the nightlife scene in Tel-Aviv during his late teens. He embarked on bodybuilding in weight rooms while also training in amateur boxing circles around the city. During this time, he was employed at some of these gyms and also worked as a personal trainer. His other jobs included working in retail and as a fast food cook. However, he started making a name for himself while working as a nightclub bouncer. Therefore, he stopped working in other sectors after just a few months. He created connections with other bouncers and sold drugs around Tel-Aviv’s nightclubs. Criminal career in the Middle East and Europe Blumkin’s criminal work and organized crime connections garnered recognition in both Tel-Aviv and his native Ukraine. In 2004, at age 21, he moved back to the Ukraine for criminal purposes. He sought criminal work from Anton Baline, one of Odessa's drug lords who he met in Tel Aviv. He sold drugs to other criminals in Odessa while also working as an armed enforcer for Baline. He was often surveilled by Odessa’s police, escorting and driving Baline arounnd the city. Blumkin navigated through Odessa’s underworld as an enforcer while heading his own bouncer crew in the nightlife. Eventually, he oversaw drug deals, drug smuggling from Odessa to Kiev and debt collection. To this day, he is a prime suspect in three underworld homicides around Odessa, which are all now cold cases. His criminal activities continued for a number of years. He would also get married to a young woman he previously met in Israel, Yana Kolmel. He had Yana move to the Ukraine after they were married at a ceremony in Tel-Aviv. A confidential informant would later tell police that Iosif was controlling and domineering towards his wife in public, and that her move to the Ukraine was probably coerced. In 2007, Baline's criminal ring was busted by the Odessa police. Blumkin was arrested and criminally charged with minor offenses. The charges were dropped and he was released for lack of evidence. Furthermore, the police didn’t tie the three homicides back to him at the time. He moved back to Israel for a few months, where his wife initiated a divorce. In the meantime, Baline and his co-conspirators were sentenced to decades behind bars. Baline is currently serving out a life sentence in the Zhytomyr Prison. Facing financial struggles, Blumkim got the opportunity to move to Germany through common friends. He worked for a Russian criminal named Grigoriy "Grisha" Bugayev, a local rising drug lord and owner of a nightclub named Club Boulon located in Berlin. His association with Bugayev began in 2009. While residing in Berlin, Blumkin would further his criminal career. More experienced, physically bigger and smarter, it wouldn't take long for him to be one of the key players in Grisha Bugayev's rise to power. Rise, fall and emigration to the United States In 2013, Blumkin’s criminal career peaked. Bugayev opened a second nightclub in another area of Berlin while leaving Blumkin responsible for Club Boulon. Despite being a nightclub manager, Blumkin was still in the streets while running Bugayev’s errands. Though, this happened with less frequency due to his new responsibilities. Taking care of the club's finances and staff was a task Blumkin had no trouble dealing with. He ran his own crew that worked on simpler criminal tasks. It's also in 2013 that Iosif married for the second time. He married a 19 year old German girl named Kristina Hasselhoff. Blumkin’s criminal career in Europe came to an end in the late 2010s. Bugayev’s criminal gang was dismantled through a combination of rival organizations and police action. Bugayev himself was discovered dead by the Berlin police at his Tiergarten apartment in 2016. The police publicly declared the crime scene a “brutal murder” at the time. He had been stabbed to death and partially dismembered; his remains were stuffed into an air vent. Simultaneously, federal German police netted several arrests and laid criminal charges against Bugayev’s closest partners. They were remanded on criminal offenses relevant to narcotics trafficking and gun running. Most of the offenders were Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian nationals. Blumkin’s criminal activities after 2016 are largely unclear. He departed Berlin and was transient around Germany, with his wife, for a time. While traveling through rural Germany on the lam, his wife Kristina suffered a nervous breakdown. Her mental deterioration was worsened by her regular abuse of cocaine and other stimulant drugs. Kristina served Blumkin with divorce; the parting was finalized in Frankfurt during 2018. Left on his own, Blumkin initiated the permanent immigration process to the United States from Germany. He was motivated to start a new life and get away from his underworld problems in Europe. Blumkin later re-surfaced in Spain in 2019. Tired and demotivated with regards to his criminal lifestyle, he attempted to find legitimate work. His involvement with Barcelona’s nightlife ended in failure, and he was instead relegated to working menial jobs in the service industry. With no working knowledge of Spanish and the local culture, he returned to Germany after just two months. Life in the United States Blumkin arrived in Miami, Florida after his Green Card approval in 2020. He came on a direct flight from Berlin, Germany. Accompanying him to Germany was Andrei Ruda, a Moldovan-born arms trafficker with criminal ties to Florida and family ties to New York. While in Miami, they both joined Roman Shulga's criminal organization. Shulga is a Russian Israeli mob boss who has been criminally active in Miami since 1996. Blumkin rapidly became aquainted with Shulga, though he took a few considerable loans from the start. He used the money inside of illegal gambling dens. These venues were illegally operated by Haitian migrant criminals and Cuban American locals around the Little Haiti and Havana areas. This desperate and frankly reckless spending put a strain in the criminal partnership between the two gangsters. Eventually, Shulga discovered that Blumkin was having a relationship with his 16 year old daughter, Sadie. Blumkin had enamored the minor with money and drugs such as cocaine. Infuriated, Shulga put a hit out on Blumkin’s head for $100,000. Blumkin’s criminal partner, Andrei Ruda, turned on him by taking up the hit. In response, Blumkin fled Miami. He departed the city with his car, $8,000 in cash and with the clothing on his back. Arrival in Los Santos Blumkin arrived in Los Santos, San Andreas in late 2020. He drove across the U.S. South, and in the process, lived out of his car and dumpy highway motels. He lost a significant amount of weight during the trip, due to underlying distress, sleep deprivation and a reduced dietary intake. While traveling through Alabama, Blumkin picked up a middle aged hitch hiker. Although he planned on robbing the hitch hiker originally, the hit hitch hiker was one step ahead, as he attacked Blumkin himself. Blumkin shot the hitch hiker dead during a sustained struggle inside of the car, in self defense. Blumkin crossed state lines with the hitch hiker’s body in his trunk, eventually dumping it in a marshy area outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Although the decomposed body has since been found by Baton Rouge police, it remains unidentified. Blumkin has since found work in the Los Santos nightlife. He works alongside David Utkin, a seasoned bouncer, and Matei Popescu, a Romanian-born former mercenary. He is once again involved with the production and distribution of nightclub drugs in the city.
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