Moscow rounds up thief in law Pichuga’s henchman

Moscow rounds up thief in law Pichuga’s henchman
Yuri Pichugin (Pichuga) Photo: Komiinform / Anton Parkhachev

Makhach Azizov, who was on the international wanted list, has already been taken to Syktyvkar.

Capital policemen detained another member of the criminal group of thief in law Yuri Pichugin (Pichuga) Makhach Azizov. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR).

Pichugin himself was arrested in February 2017. Together with him, then active members of his gang - Oktay Efendiev, Sergey Vanuyto, Akhmed Isaev, Alexey Rokhlin, Sergey Soldatov, Khadis Azizov and Maxim Abubakarov were nabbed.

The leader and members Pichugin’s gang were charged with Creation of a Criminal Community and Participation Therein (Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), Creation of a Stable Armed Group (crew) and Participation in it (Art. 209 of the Criminal Code), six counts of Illegal Sale of Firearms committed by an organized group (Art. 222 of the Criminal Code), two counts of Extortion committed by an organized group (Art. 163 of the Criminal Code), four Murders committed maliciously (Art. 105 of the Criminal Code).

Soon another suspect, Alexander Egorov, was caught. Two more suspected members of the gang - Makhach Azizov and Viktor Karpov went on the run. At that time the court also arrested both in absentia and put them on the international wanted list.

In total, 18 people are involved in this case: Pichugin and 16 members of the group are in custody, one more is wanted.

At the moment, Azizov has already been taken to Syktyvkar, he will soon be charged.

According to the investigation, as a member of Pichugin’s organized crime group, Azizov committed murders, was engaged in extortion and illegal arms sale.

The group itself was created by Pichuga in the mid-1990s in the Komi Republic. It included athletes and former servicemen. The criminals ‘covered’ the local business, were engaged in fraud, robbery and other illegal activities, and passed the proceeds received to the common fund.

Later, the gang began to legalize the criminal proceeds, investing them in public catering, leisure and services, passenger and cargo transportation, as well as logging.

Yuri Pichugin, along with several other thieves in law was called in the criminal world one of the main candidates for the ‘throne’ of Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy), arrested in the summer of 2016, along with Vladimir Tyurin (Tyurik), Oleg Shishkanov (Shishkan) and Alexey Petrov (Petrik).

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