Kolya Soldat released

Kolya Soldat released
Nikolay Soldatenko

In prison, 63-year-old Nikolay Soldatenko spent 8 years.⁠

After a long imprisonment, one of the former leaders of the criminal world of Belarus Nikolay Soldatenko, known as Kolya Soldat, was released. This is reported with the reference to their unofficial sources, the local newspaper Belorussky Partisan.

Soldatenko was detained in the Moscow region in 2007 and two years later the Supreme Court of Belarus sentenced him to 11 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property and serving his sentence under conditions of severe regime. He was convicted of Extortion (part 3 of Art. 208 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus). Convicted with him four accomplices received from 7.5 to 16 years imprisonment.

Given that Soldatenko was one of the leaders of the Morozov's gang, the investigation initially charged him with Involvement in a Criminal Organization (Article 285 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus). However, it was subsequently terminated due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.

According to law enforcement agencies, the gang, an active participant of which was repeatedly convicted Soldatenko, was engaged in murders, armed attacks and extortions in 90's.

By the mid-2000s, most of the group's members were detained by the security forces of Belarus. Group leader Sergey Morozov and two other active participants were sentenced to death.

According to law enforcers, from 1990 to 2004, the Morozov gang committed more than a hundred grave and especially grave crimes - 19 murders, hostage-taking, 10 crimes in the sphere of illegal arms trafficking in the Gomel region.

In 2012, already serving his sentence, Soldatenko was mentioned in connection with the support of thief in law Tariel Oniani (Taro) in opposition to Ded Hasan. Then the supporters of the Taro, including some 60 active thieves, crowned 16 recruits at once.

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