Crime boss Sakhno's power enhancement in Urals called element of siloviki's 'big game'

Crime boss Sakhno's power enhancement in Urals called element of siloviki's 'big game'
Eduard Sakhnov (Sakhno)

According to sources, the “power vertical” of Eduard Sakhnov in Yekaterinburg colonies can be formed under the supervision of the prison authorities.

The network of underdogs of thief in law Eduard Sakhnov (Sakhno) in the colonies of the Sverdlovsk region can be an element of the 'big game' of security officials and be formed under the control of the prison authorities, according to a source of publication AiF-Ural. The outcome of the 'game' could be a precedent for the application of the law on criminal liability for the fact of Leadership in the Criminal Hierarchy (Art. 210.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), signed in the spring of 2019 by President Vladimir Putin.

According to PrimaMedia news agency, there are currently several thieves in law in the Urals, who potentially fall under the new article of the Criminal Code. Thus, in addition to Sakhnov, this concerns Gia Akoyev (Gia Sverdlovsky). Not so long ago, Akoyev was released from prison, where he was serving a term of eight years for robbery. Sources believe that Akoyev and Sakhnov may be faced with a choice - either to publicly refuse their status, or to receive a long term for it. Article 210.1 of the Criminal Code provides for imprisonment from 8 to 15 years and a fine of up to 5 million rubles ($77.2 thousand).

Previously, AiF-Ural reported that prisoners of other colonies of the Sverdlovsk region acted on behalf of Sakhnov, who was transferred to the correctional camp No. 12 (IK-12) in Nizhny Tagil in late 2018. Thus, almost in every detachment of Yekaterinburg IK-12, where photographer Dmitry Loshagin, who murdered his wife, is serving a sentence, there are underbosses. Aif-Ura's source reports that now ‘everything depends on thieves’ in the colony; that is, there are people willing to represent the will of Sakhno, including to slash themselves or go on a strike. 

A source of Znak.com from among the Sverdlovsk region security officials, evaluates the transfer of Sakhnov to the region as a “complete failure.” 

“The decision was politically-motivated; it was necessary to ‘calm down’ the Yekaterinburg IK-12, but Sakhno becomes more powerful with each passing day. All colonies are receiving message from him, urging prisoners to consolidate. Long live the thieves and stuff like that,” the publication’s source said. 

A native of Komsomolsk-na-Amure Eduard Sakhnov was a member of Obshchak OCG, which was eliminated in mid-2000s. The group was engaged in extortion, kidnapping, and recruitment of adolescents for criminal activities. In 2009, Sakhnov was sentenced to 25 years, but the term was subsequently reduced by three years. The thief in law will serve his sentence until mid-2020s.

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