Mafia boss Tsirkach convicted under new "anti-thief" law
The crime lord managed to slip away from the operatives.
Another thief in law has become a defendant in the criminal case on being a high-ranking mafia leader (Art. 210.1 of the Criminal Code). This time, it is Oleg Pirogov, also known as Tsirkach, who is convicted under the new "anti-thief" law, according to the ICR for the Moscow region.
The case is being run by an investigator of the first unit of the major crimes department of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Moscow region. The Central Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Moscow Region gathered the materials.
According to investigators, Tsirkach was vetted in 2011. Since then, the crime lord has lived in the Moscow region districts of Elektrostal and Noginsk, coordinating criminal groups, creating and maintaining links between them and other high-ranking criminal officials; he is involved in all turf wars.
Tsirkach is the fourth crime leader prosecuted under the criminal hierarchy law. This law was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in April and implies tougher penalties for organizing a criminal enterprise. Anyone who occupies a dominant position in the criminal hierarchy may get up to 15 years in prison.
Earlier, Pirogov was repeatedly convicted of theft, extortion, drug trafficking and forgery of documents. Currently, measures are being taken to locate him.
The CrimeRussia reported previously that Tsirkach managed to avoid arrest when operatives came for him; read more about it here.