Shakro Molodoy’s case: Files about OCG creation disappeared
The year before investigators had already tried to charge the crowned thief Shakro Molodoy under Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code, but failed to open a case.
New details have emerged in the story of the terminated case into the creation of an organized crime group by Zakhar Kalashov. Back in 2015, investigators were trying to charge the crowned thief Shakro Molodoy under Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code as part of the case of the Golden Palace casino, which had been illegally taken in the early 2000s. However, once the first Deputy Head of the ICR Main Department in Moscow Denis Nikandrov interfered, the case materials started to travel back and forth between departments and eventually got lost.
As a source of Rosbalt explained, Nikandrov ordered to send the case materials from the ICR Main Department in Moscow to the Department of Criminal Investigations in the Central Administrative District. From there they were forwarded to the Tagansky district. As a result, the case of the creation a gang against Kalashov was never opened. During the current inspection, it was established that these materials could not be found, and nobody could explain where they were.
As a reminder, in 1999, the Crystal and Golden Palace gambling venues were under control of the Optical company. Shakro Molodoy managed to win over an assistant to one of the company’s shareholders, known as Leon Lann (Leonid Kaplan). He then a claimed a 70% share in Optical. In January 2000, another shareholder disappeared along with part of the shares. His body was not found, but the police was certain that he was killed.
In June 2000, Kalashov invited Optical’s major shareholder, the US citizen Alex Crane to Tbilisi. Crane was then kidnapped with 1.2 million dollars demanded for his release. When the ransom was paid, Crane was killed. Part of the money was transferred to the accounts associated with Shakro Molodoy.
Leon Lann later became Shakro Molodoy’s accountant and was sentenced alongside his boss in Spain for money laundering. In Georgia Zakhar Kalashov was sentenced in absentia to 18 years in prison for murdering Crane.
Now the Golden Palace hotel complex is controlled by Kalashov’s colleague, Konstantin Manukyan, and the kingpin himself used the hotel as his office after returning to Russia from the Spanish prison.
Law enforcers started suspecting the General Nikandrov of providing protection to Shakro Molodoy after inspecting multiple high-profile cases, which involved the Head of the ICR Main Department of Inter-Agency Cooperation and Internal Security Mikhail Maksimenko, his deputy Alexander Lamonov and the first Deputy Head of the ICR Main Department in Moscow Denis Nikandrov. They are suspected of receiving 1 million-dollar-bribe from Zakhar Kalashov for the release of his colleague Andrey Kochuykov (the Italian), who was arrested after a shootout at the Elements restaurant on the Rochdelskaya Street in December 2015.