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Akhat (Alexander) Khafizovich Bragin (Ukrainian: Ахать (Олександр) Хафізович Брагін, Russian: Ахать (Александр) Хафизович Брагин, Tatar: Әхәт (Александр) Хафиз улы Брагин; 1953 — October 15, 1995) was an Ukrainian businessman of Tatar descent. He was a mafia figure of the Donetsk Oblast and later the president of the football club Shakhtar Donetsk until his death.
Akhat Bragin was born as Oleksandr Bragin (also known by nickname as Alik Grek) in 1953 in the Kuibyshevsky Raion of Donetsk city, Ukrainian SSR. Before he become the president of Shakhtar Donetsk, he was also a butcher at a local market in Oktyabrsky raion.
Donetsk Institute of Soviet Trading (today Donetsk National University of Economy and Trading), dropout.
- November 24, 1971 - convicted (the Criminal Code of Ukraine) by the Kuibyshev District Court of Donetsk to a conditional year of imprisonment with correctional term of 2 years without confiscation of property
Bragin had a wife and two children: Dilyara (1985—2009) and Ravil (b. 1989).
Assassination and attempts
An attempt to kill Bragin took place on March 19, 1994 at a settlement Pisky (Bragin's hometown). Pisky is a rural settlement of Yasynuvata Raion, just to the west from the Donetsk International Airport. A group of bandits of Ryabin-Kushnir gang opened fire on the Bragin's pigeon house. Miraculously Akhat Bragin survived the attempt.
Akhat Bragin died in a bomb attack on Sunday, October 15, 1995 at the Shakhtar Stadium in Donetsk. After this event, the new president and chairman of Shaktar Donetsk became Rinat Akhmetov. The reason for Akhat's murder was his business dealings. Known in the criminal underworld as 'Alik the Greek', his organization got into conflict with several others. The investigation into his death made little progress until the confession of a rival gangster, which led to the arrest and imprisonment of former policeman Vyacheslav Synenko.
In honor of Akhat Bragin, the mosque of Donetsk is called Ahat Jami.
- Criminal Donetsk: a travel guide of the most notorious criminal locations of the city in the 90s
- Donetsk mafia
- Attempted on Rinat Akhmetov. True Story of the oligarch
- The name of Bragin is still remembered in Donetsk
- Akhat Bragin on the website genshtab
- Donetsk Wars. Episode 1. "Panorama weekly". 2002-06-12.