18 persons arrested in ‘thief in law’ Pichuga case related to organized criminal network
Investigators stated the investigation of the gang’s case had been accomplished. The gang had been active in the Komi Republic and outside during 20 years.
The Investigative Committee of Russia has finished the evidence gathering in the case related to members of the organized criminal network of the ‘thief in law’ Yury Pichugin (aka Pichuga) that had been active in the Komi Republic and outside during 20 years, reports the media office of the Office of Investigations of the Investigative Committee of Russia in the region.
18 persons became the defendants in the case. They are all arrested. Case files of other 3 defendants were separated from the rest, and another case was initiated, due to the fact that they had arranged a plea agreement related to cooperation with the investigation.
The detainees are accused of building the criminal community and participation therein, building the armed gang, 6 murders, attempted assassinations, banditism, 6 instances of ammunition trafficking, 3 instances of swindling on an especially large scale, abduction and other crimes.
Pichugin was detained in February, 2017. The investigation theory is that Pichuga’s gang had been patronizing the local business, engaging in fraudulent activities and robbery with violence, as well as eliminating ‘unwanted’ people. Money they received was transferred to the ‘pooled cash fund’. At the present time, Pichugin is under arrest in the Lefortovo remand prison till February, 18, 2019.
Vyacheslav Abroskin believes that the influence of criminal leaders extends from control over the collection of money obtained by criminal means to control in the field of energy and natural resources extraction.