By 2001, after a period of 6 years, Luka's father Aleksey had created a chain of businesses that included auto mechanic shops and used car dealerships. The majority of automotive parts in these businesses, and the cars themselves being sold there, were stolen and transported into Russia from the Baltic countries. Aleksey was able to get away with his involvement in car theft rings through his ties to organized crime and his increased ability to bribe corrupt police investigators in Saint Petersburg. As the businesses grew, so did the influence and the name of Luka's family.
Luka's father Aleksey Godunov (center left in the picture) with his close friends and business associates in Gatchina, Russia in 1993
In his late teens, Luka’s family pressured him to get out of the streets and to enlist in the Russian Airborne Troops in order to become a light infantry paratrooper. Their argument was that it was a very intense and extremely harsh lifestyle that would have caused him to mature and see the errors in his criminal ways. But because Luka was an Estonian citizen, enlistment in the Russian military was not possible. Instead, at the age of 19, Luka emigrated to the United Kingdom along with his older paternal cousin and a couple of their mutual friends from Saint Petersburg. The young men already had work lined up for them in England before moving there.
Luka, his older paternal cousin and two young friends settled in Southampton, England. For a period of several months, they worked as general laborers at automotive mechanic shops. Because they all knew very little English, they were employed by other Russian and Baltic immigrants who frequently paid them under the table for their work. The young men eventually branched out to other Eastern European immigrants throughout all areas of the city and developed business connections over a lengthy period of time.
In 2012, at the age of 21 and after living in England for two years, Luka started an automotive mechanic shop with his older paternal cousin. He started the business with the help of his family and Russian gangsters in the city. While working as a bay manager at the automotive shop, he used his position to help Russian immigrant criminals in Southampton launder their dirty money through his business. Whenever business at the automotive mechanic shop was slow, Luka had Russian gangsters bring in stolen cars so that they could be broken down and sold on the city’s black market.
During Luka's time as a resident of Southampton, England, he came into possession of several dozen Harley Davidson motorcycles. The majority of these motorcycles were stolen off of the streets. These motorcycles greatly intrigued him, so he kept a couple of them for himself. During his time off of work, he used these Harley Davidson motorcycles to travel around the Southeast English countryside and to other major British cities such as London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield.
In 2015, Luka’s automotive mechanic shop came under increasingly tight scrutiny from Southampton’s police for its suspected involvement with criminal organizations. In the same year, upon being tipped off that the police may attempt to shut down the business, Luka initiated the process to legally immigrate to the United States as a skilled tradesman. He greatly slowed down the fast pace of business at his shop in order to avoid a potential crackdown from the police. Paranoid and growing increasingly anxious, Luka eventually transferred ownership of his business to his older cousin in 2017. He spent several months unemployed and laying low with other Russian gangsters in Southampton before receiving his US Greencard in early 2018. After landing in the US he was headed off to San Andreas where he now resides.
Luka Godunov pictured walking the streets of London, England in 2010