90s crime boss to develop Crimea’s boxing

90s crime boss to develop Crimea’s boxing
Sergey Voronkov (center)

Sergey Voronkov, referred to by media as one of the leaders of 90s Seilem gang is the new head of the Boxing Federation in the republic.

A special conference has elected Sergey Voronkov as the head of Crimea Boxing Federation. As Federation executive director Viktor Spirin told Kryminform, Voronkov has been contributing to the peninsula’s boxing development since 1993. It was then that the first junior competitions were held.

Meanwhile, Krymskaya Pravda reports that in 1998 Voronkov was sentenced to two years in prison for possession of ammunition. At the end of his term, another criminal case was initiated under the article Extortion (Art. 144 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) against him, as well as Andrey Baymatov, Vadim Gulkevich and Yuri Negru. According to the investigation, the accused had extorted money from the head of Elita farm located in the Simferopol region. In 2001, the Ukrainian court sentenced Voronkov to 7 years in prison.

Gennady Moskal, the former Head of the Main Department of the Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Crimea and also the Deputy Interior Minister said that he knew Voronkov (or Voronok) as one of the leaders of 90s Seilem gang. Along with the other crime bosses (Sheviov and Danelyan) Voronkov, according to Moskal, actually ran the Crimea, pushing his men up into the major posts. This was further confirmed by the former Crimean politician Sergey Kunitsyn (who headed Crimea’s Council of Ministers in early 2000s and chaired Sevastopol City State Administration between 2006 and 2010). However, there’ve been no official allegations against Voronkov concerning his creation of the criminal gang.

This being said, the Crimean Boxing Federation has been headed by some controversial figures before. Take for example another Seilem member Aleksandr Melnik (Melya) or a leader of Bashmaki gang Aleksandr Danilchenko (also Ded, Danila).

Seilem is considered one of the most notorious criminal groups of the Crimea. It was created in 1988 in Simferopol on the basis of Ai-Petri cooperative. In better times the gang consisted of about 1,000 people and it has been charged with about 50 high-profile murders. In the early 90s the gangsters had Bashmaki gang and Greki gang as their rivals. Seilem leaders have some connections with the criminal world of Israel, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

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