Former leader of Obshchak OCG thief in law Sakhno transferred to Urals 

Former leader of Obshchak OCG thief in law Sakhno transferred to Urals
Thief in law Eduard Sakhnov (Sakhno)

One of the ex-leaders of the once-largest Far Eastern OCG in Russia will continue to serve his 22-year term in IK-12 near Nizhniy Tagil.

Thief in law Eduard Sakhnov, known in the criminal environment as Sakhno, is transferred to correctional colony No. 12 near Nizhny Tagil, AIF-Ural reports, citing informed sources at the Federal Penitentiary Service.

According to the source of the publication in the penitentiary system, the 58-year-old crime boss left the previous place of serving the sentence at the end of 2018, and arrived in the Central Urals colony only in the first decade of January 2019.

The interlocutor of AIF-Ural noted that if the FPS transferred Sakhno to the Sverdlovsk region, then "this is necessary for something." According to him, as a rule, "transferring such people as Sakhno has a political character."

It is worth noting that earlier Sakhno, according to the Novaya Gazeta, had patrons in the State Duma. From 2006 to 2009, a number of deputies of the State Duma from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation defended convicted Eduard Sakhnov by sending letters to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and the Prosecutor General’s Office. It was reported that the deputies Viktor Ilyukhin, Sergey Reshulsky, Pyotr Romanov, Ivan Melnikov and others stood up for Sakhno, but the requests of the communists were ignored.

Thief in law Sakhno was arrested in 2005 during the destruction of the criminal group Obshchak, which had been the “shadow power” in the Khabarovsk region for more than 15 years, by law enforcement officers. 

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Obshchak OCG appeared in the Far East in the late 80s and eventually became the largest criminal community, not only in the region, but also in the country. According to the estimates of operatives, Obshchak numbered about 5 thousand people and controlled practically all the crime and the economy of the Far East. The founding father was considered the "most authoritative" thief in law in the domestic criminal world Yevgeny Vasin, nicknamed Dzem. It was reported that during the war for influence, the bandits burned people and recruited schoolchildren into their ranks.

Eduard Sakhnov (Sakhno) together with the crime bosses Oleg Semakin (Eva) and Oleg Shokhirev (Malek) headed the mafia structure after the death of Dzem, who died in 2001 from heart failure in the Khabarovsk jail.

The investigation into the case of several thieves in law and crime lords of Obshchak lasted 4 years. In May 2009, the regional court found the crime bosses Sakhno, Eva and Malek, as well as the crime lords Oleg Zavalov, Anton Kruzhaev, Alexey Shchugarev, Konstantin Koshelev and Alexander Sitov guilty of organizing a criminal community and participating in it, kidnapping a person and a number of others grave crimes committed in the Far East. The defendants received from 12 to 25 years in prison. Sakhno received the longest sentence – he was sentenced to 25 years of strict regime, but later, thanks to his lawyers, the term was reduced to 22 years.

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