Ludwig Fainberg

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Leonid "Tarzan" Fainberg also known as Ludwig Lyosha Fainberg[1] (born March 1, 1958) is a Ukrainian mobster. Born in Odessa, Fainberg left the Soviet Union in the early 1980s for Israel, and moved to the United States following the fall of the Soviet Union. In the mid-1990s, Fainberg attempted to purchase a Soviet nuclear submarine for use in drug smuggling for a Colombian cocaine cartel. Fainberg lived in Miami between 1990 and 1997, when he was arrested and convicted of smuggling and racketeering. He spent thirty months in jail before his trial, and was deported to Israel after the conviction.[2] A year later Fainberg was living in Canada, working in the sex trade, but in January 2003 Canadian immigration authorities arrested him and deported him back to Israel.[3] As of October 2012 he is in Panama, jailed and awaiting trial for pimping.[4]


  1. ^ See generally In re Apache Trading Group, Inc., 210 B.R. 869 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 1997), at [1].
  2. ^ "Redfellas". The Economist 342 (8008). March 15, 1997. 
  3. ^ Malarek, Victor (2004). The Natashas: inside the new global sex trade. Arcade Publishing. pp. 51–57. ISBN 1-55970-735-6. 
  4. ^ "Meet Leonid Fainberg, The Ultimate Ukrainian Mobster". New Statesman (KIEV, Ukraine). October 14, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2013.