Mob Avto's driver released
A judge of the Verkh-Isetsky court refused to satisfy the investigator's request to extend the detention of Shota Katamadze.
The Verkh-Isetsky Court of Yekaterinburg released Shota Katamadze, the alleged leader of the car insurance fraudsters gang, from SIZO No. 1, Ura.ru reported. Judge Rodionova refused to satisfy the motion of the investigator over the extension the Katamadze’s arrest.
According to the investigators, Katamadze was the leader of the organized crime group, consisted of fraudsters dealing with car insurance and extortion with the use of weapons. The gang members bought expensive cars, issued insurance, and then smashed them with sledgehammers to sham an accident. Investigators charged the gang of 12 fraud episodes; the damage is estimated at 10 million rubles ($159.500).
Other participants of the "auto insurance group, including son of Sverdlovsk Arbitrazh Court judge Elena Bikmukhametova Rinat and owner of the car-care center, where the bandits smashed cars Rasim Ramazanov, were detained in July 2017. Three of the seven suspects made a plea deal and were placed into house arrest.
It is reported that Katamadze was the personal driver of thief in law Avtandil Kobeshavidze (Avto). When doing time, he became his liaison person of the Urals criminals, and also, was responsible for the Georgian common fund in the Urals.
Fake citizenship and access to state secrets. Former Ukrainian officials get supreme posts in Crimea
More and more questions arise with regards to the staffing policy of the Crimean authorities. This summer, Roman Podsudevsky has been appointed in charge of the Yalta Commercial Port – a strategic objective. The former Ukrainian border guard officer wanted at home for divulgence of state secrets and corruption easily gained the Russian citizenship and made a successful career in Crimea. In March 2017, he was a senior security specialist in Genbank; in the same period, he attempted to become the Head of Shchelkino Municipal Administration but lost in the competition; and since December 2017, Podsudevsky became an aide to Sergei Aksenov. The CrimeRussia was figuring out how former Ukrainian enforcement officers and officials become supreme functionaries in Crimea.
Three officers of the Moscow FSB office, detained in June 2017, are defendants in the criminal case heard by the Moscow Garrison Military Court along with the retired MIA Major-General Viktor Trutnev. The official prosecution asked 7 and eight years’ imprisonment for them.