Police General Romanyuk detained in Moscow lived next door to thief in law Pichuga

Police General Romanyuk detained in Moscow lived next door to thief in law Pichuga
Yury Pichugin (Pichuga)

They lived so close that there was no fence between the ex-police officer and thief’s plots of land.

Former Deputy Head of the MIA General Administration in the Sverdlovsk region Vladimir Romanyuk used to live next door to thief in law Yury Pichugin, better known in the criminal underworld as Pichuga. According to The CrimeRussia’s sources, they lived so close that there was no fence between the ex-police officer and the thief’s plots of land. To recall, Yury Pichugin was detained in February of 2017 in an elite country house settlement in the Moscow region. Simultaneously, the thief’s accomplices were detained in various Russian regions. According to the investigation, Pichugin’s OCC has operated in the Republic of Komi over the past 20 years. The OCC members would protect the local business, engage in swindling, armed robberies, and other illegal activity; they would transfer the money obtained as a result of their activity to the common fund. Searches conducted as part of the investigation in several cities revealed several arms caches.

At the same time, Pichuga and a number of other thieves in law were called one of the main candidates for the ‘throne’ of ‘Thief in law No. 1’ Zakhary Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy), who was detained in the summer of 2016. It is known that he was later replaced by Oleg Shishkanov (Shishkan). The final version of Pichugin's indictment was filed in September 2018 under the following articles: Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code (Organization of a Criminal Community), Art. 222 (Illegal Storage of Firearms), and Art. 105 (Murder).

The CrimeRussia’s source also said that today's searches in the Yekaterinburg police are associated with the purge in the regional headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. At the same time, Head of the MIA General Administration in the Sverdlovsk region, Lieutenant-General of Police Mikhail Borodin was not affected by it. Almost concurrently with the searches, it became known that Borodin was appointed Head of the MIA General Administration in the Voronezh region. Last week, it was reported that he had already collected my things from the office and was getting ready for the transfer. In March 2018, his contract and maximum length of service are to terminate.

To recall, this morning, FSB officers conducted searches in the office and home of Head of the MIA Directorate Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department in Yekaterinburg, Major Eduard Voronin. The investigative actions are carried out as part of a criminal case, which was previously initiated and in which there are no defendants yet. There is no official information about the searches and detentions. It is known that apart from Voronin’s office, security officials visited his apartment and the apartment of his parents. It is not reported whether the official has been detained.

Today, it became known that former Head of the Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Sverdlovsk region Colonel Oleg Kurach had been detained. He had previously headed the MIA OEBiPK in Yekaterinburg. Before that, he had served in Moscow and came to the Urals as part of Mikhail Borodin’s team.

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