Investigators obtain killers testimony against Pichuga
According to the most recent reports of The CrimeRussia, Komi siloviki working on the thief in law have been developing the accusation since 2010 and kept it a secret until the very last moment.
Immediately after the arrest of thief in law Puchuga and people from his circle, who were involved in his gang, it became clear that everything is serious and prospects of the case are long-term.
With regard to detained members of the crime group of Yuri Pichugin (Oktay Efendiev, Sergey Vanuito, Akhmed Isaev, Alexey Rokhlin, Sergey Soldatov, Hadis Azizov and Maxim Abubakarov) and its leader, a criminal case was launched under Art. 210 (Creation of a Criminal Community (Criminal organization) and Participation Therein) and Art. 222 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Acquisition, Transfer, Sale, Storage, Transportation or Bearing of Firearms, Its Basic Parts, Ammunition). Soon it was reported about the arrest of another person involved in the case – Alexander Egorov. Two other suspects – Makhach Azizov and Victor Karpov were put on the federal wanted list.
During searches carried out under the operational support of the staff of the FSB and MIA regional offices arms caches were found and seized. Security officials visited the places of residence and stay of Pichugin and members of the crime group in Moscow, Pyatigorsk and Syktyvkar.
According to the Investigative Committee of Russia, Pichugin created a criminal group back in 1994 in the Republic of Komi. It consisted of former athletes, law enforcement officers and people who have served in special units of the armed forces, and their goals were to commit grave and especially grave crimes to obtain financial or other material benefit. This was a classic gang of racketeers that was engaged in protecting local entrepreneurs at an early stage, and in the 2000s embarked on legalizing criminal gains, according to the investigation. Pichuginskie began to launder money by investing them in various spheres of business activity ranging from the catering, leisure and consumer services to transportation and timber harvesting.
Many people were puzzled why security officials had been waiting for 20 years.
According to the most recent reports of The CrimeRussia, in fact Komi siloviki working on the thief in law have been developing the accusation since 2010 and kept it a secret until the very last moment. At the moment, Pichuga and Co. are charged with Art. 210 and 222 of the Criminal Code, even though, according to sources, in the near future the thief in law will be convicted of murder. According to reports, the investigation has the testimony of five killers, who in the framework of the pre-trial deal said that they committed assassinations in favor of Yuri Pichugin, and were willing to testify it in court.
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