Pichuga convoyed to Lefortovo
From the Republic of Komi the kingpin was convoyed to the capital for operational and investigative activities.
Arrested on suspicion of Organizing a Criminal Group (Art. 210 of the Criminal Code) kingpin Yuri Pichugin (Pichuga) was transferred from the detention facility in Syktyvkar to the metropolitan detention center Lefortovo, the local edition Respublika wrote. According to the regional press, the thief in law was convoyed to the Moscow pre-trial detention center for investigative activities. Lawyers and law enforcement agencies do not comment on the information.
Note that thief in law Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) and his henchmen, passing on charges of extorting money from the owner of the Elements restaurant, as well as suspicion of OCG organization serves his arrest in Lefortovo too.
As the CrimeRussia previously reported, in respect of Yuri Pichugin and his OCG's members (Ogtay Efendiev, Sergey Vanuito, Akhmed Isaev, Alexey Rokhlin, Sergey Soldatov, Hadith Azizov, Alexander Egorov and Maksim Abubakarov) a criminal case was initiated under articles 210 (Organization of a Criminal Community or Participation In It) and 222 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Purchase, Transfer, Selling, Storage, Transportation of Weapon, its Ammunition). Two other suspects, Mahach Azizov and Viktor Karpov, are declared wanted.
Back in 1994, Pichugin had created in the Komi Republic a criminal group consisting of former athletes, enforcement officers, and veterans of special forces to commit grievous and extremely grievous crimes for the purposes of financial and other material gain. It was a classic gang of racketeers providing ‘protection’ to local businessmen. In the 2000s, similarly with many other organized criminal groups, the gang started legalizing its criminal gains. To ‘launder’ the money, Pichugin and his team were making investments into various commercial activities – from public catering, entertainment, and consumer services to transportation and timber harvesting.
According to the CrimeRussia, in fact, the security forces of Komi, investigating the thief in law, lined up charges since 2010 and kept it a secret until the last moment. According to sources, in the near future the thief in law will be charged with murder. The investigation has the testimony of five killers, who reported in the pre-trial deal that they committed assassinations in favor of Yuri Pichugin, and are willing to testify about it in court.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).