Case of Kostya Bolshoy’s hitmen gang: mandator in Sergiev Posad mayor’s killing arrested
ICR investigators have detained Moscow region businessman Sergey Zhelnovsky, who had been previously a witness in the case of Kostya Bolshoy’s OCG, on suspicion of arranging the hit on Sergiev Posad Mayor Evgeny Dushko in 2011.
As reported by Rosbalt citing its source in law enforcement bodies, Zhelnovsky had initially been a witness in the case of Konstantin Piskarev’s (aka Kostya Bolshoy) hitmen gang. However, after one of the OCG members testified about Zhelnovsky’s participation in the assassination of Dushko, the former was detained during questioning. Then the Basmanny Court of Moscow decided to elect detention as a preventive measure for him.
Arrested on charges of arranging the assassination of Mayor Evgeny Dushko, the entrepreneur is quite well-known in Sergiev Posad. In 2014, he ran for the local Council of Deputies.
According to the Uniform State Register of Legal Entities, Sergey Vladimirovich Zhelnovsky is the founder of 4 and head of 5 organizations and companies, including Nigus LLC (real estate), Komanda Plus LLC (sports activities), and others. In addition, Zhelnovsky is the founder and chairman of Ekologiya Housing Cooperative.
According to the investigation, Zhelnovsky was associated with an entrepreneur with assets in the Bryansk and Moscow regions and simultaneously the leader of one of the largest Moscow region OCGs, Konstantin Piskarev (Kostya Bolshoy). The gang is accountable for at least 30 murders, investigators believe. Piskarev himself was personally involved in some of them. According to the case file, in August 2011, Piskarev alone made at least 7 shots at Dusko with a pistol, after which the mayor died on the spot.
In July 2017, the Investigative Committee of Russia reported on solving the murder of Head of Sergiev Posad, Evgeny Dusko, committed on August 22, 2011. Siloviki detained nine members of the OCG – Sergey Aleksandrov, Sergey Bezrukov, Aleksandr Zamyatin, Denis Zemtsov, Dmitry Lupichev, Dmitry Mishin, Igor Saryan, Andrey Stolyarov, and Dmitry Yurov – and placed them in a pre-trial detention center. They are charged with parts 1 and 2 of Art. 209 (Banditry), Art. 105 (Murder), Art. 126 (Kidnapping), and Art. 222 (Illegal Arms Trafficking) of the Russian Criminal Code.
The investigation believes that Piskarev established his crime group in 1999 to eliminate competitors in business and people who in any way interfered with his business activities. It is known that Kostya Bolshoy owns many companies through proxies. His assets include restaurants, shopping centers, a management company, a construction company, yacht clubs, and an entertainment complex. In addition, as previously reported by Rosbalt, Kostya Bolshoy used to be called ‘a rainmaker from FSB’, because he owned the restaurant Shchit I Mech (Shield and Sword) on Bolshaya Lubyanka, where high-ranking officers of the FSB often held their corporate parties.
In 2015, the members of the organized crime group were acquitted by the Moscow Regional Military Court, however, subsequently, the sentence was revoked by the Supreme Court, and the case was joined with that related to two other members of the gang.
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