Corpses not found. Supreme Court confirmed verdict to killer Armen Kanevskoy’s accomplices

Corpses not found. Supreme Court confirmed verdict to killer Armen Kanevskoy’s accomplices
Armen Kanevskoy

The gang was found guilty of banditry, extortion, murder and illegal arms trafficking.⁠

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation confirmed the verdict to the band of late thief in law Armen Harutyunyan, also known as Armen Kanevskoy. The four members of the gang he led were found guilty of extortion, banditry, murders and illegal arms trafficking.

The kingpin does not appear on the list of the accused, since he died in 2010 in Astrakhan due to illness.

According to the investigation, in 2006 Harutyunyan together with his assistants demanded a tribute of 30 thousand dollars from owner of Novokubansky Brandy Factory Suren Yeghiazarov. At first the businessman paid, but the thief in law began to drive a hard bargain, demanding monthly tribute.

Suren Yeghiazarov's meeting with the gang members for discussing the terms of ‘cooperation’ was scheduled for January 30, 2007 at the Uyut roadside cafe on the Krasnodar-Temryuk highway, hosted by Sergey Khachatryan, who was a member of the gang. Suren Yeghiazarov himself came to a meeting with two of his friends. Following the negotiations, the owner of the cognac plant refused to cooperate with the organized crime group, that was why Harutyunyan ordered to kill him and his friends. The prosecution believes that the bodies of the dead were wrapped and buried near the federal highway. After 2 weeks the criminals decided that the owner of the roadside cafe could surrender them, and shot him. Suspects on this case were detained only in 2015. The accused do not admit guilt not for one of the episodes of the case. For the sake of fairness, it should be noted that, according to Bloknot, the bodies of Suren Yeghiazarov and his companions have not been found so far.

In April 2017, it became known that witnesses in the case of the Armen Kanevskoy’s gang from the village of Kanevskaya (Krasnodar Territory) began to receive threats.

Oleg Vanchenko, Ernest Lalabekov, Manuk Torosyan and Alexander Zhigalko were sentenced to imprisonment for a period of from nine years to 21.5 years in June 2017. They will serve their sentence in a strict regime colony.

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