Takhi’s lawyer on the wrong side of the law 

Takhi’s lawyer on the wrong side of the law
In addition to the main extortion charges, ‘thief-in-law’ also faces charges on death threats to a police investigator

The Central District Court of Chita convicted Alexander Kulakov of fraud resulting in damages of especially large scale and forcing a witness to make a false testimony.

A high-profile case of Alexander Kulakov, a lawyer of the Chamber of Lawyers of the Zabaikalsky Krai, is finally closed in the Republic of Buryatia. As Baikal-Daily.ru portal reports, the Central District Court of Chita convicted Alexander Kulakov of fraud resulting in damages of especially large scale and forcing a witness to make a false testimony.

The CrimeRussia has repeatedly provided updates on the case of Alexander Kulakov, known as lawyer representing a ‘thief-in-law’ Georgy ‘Takha’ Uglava. One of episodes incriminated to Kulakov is related to Takha. Trying to fix his client’s unfortunate situation, Kulakov decided to put pressure on a witness in this case. The lawyer met with the witness and demanded to make a false testimony for the benefit of Takha. After the rejection, Kulakov explicitly implied that ‘problems will arise’. By threatening with violence, Kulakov put himself, similarly with his client, on the wrong side of the law.

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It was later announced that, in addition to threatening the witness, Kulakov is charged with fraud. The investigators believe that in June 2008 the lawyer defrauded a convict’s wife of half-million rubles. Kulakov promised her to use the money to bribe judges who will hear the case in the appeal instance of the Zabaikalsky Kray Court. Ultimately, the money ended-up in the adventurous lawyer’s pocket. In fall 2014 Kulakov ‘tricked’ a group of people whom he promised to make an arrangement with the judge for a bribe.

Yesterday the Central District Court of Chita convicted Alexander Kulakov and sentenced him to 3 years behind bars; he will spend the term in a standard regime penal colony.

Speaking of Kulakov’s client – ‘thief-in-law’ Takha, – materials of one of his criminal cases are already in court. In addition to the main extortion charges, he was also charges with death threats to a police investigator. During a hearing on prolongation of pretrial detention, Takha threatened to ‘strangle’ the officer.

Troubles in Takha’s life began in winter 2015 in Moscow. The Moscow Criminal Investigation Department operatives busted a criminal meeting in a restaurant attended by Uglava and ‘thief-in-law’ Kakha Karpalia (Kakha Galsky). The second one had no serious issues with law enforcement, while Uglava was detained in connection to a criminal case of extorting 400 thousand rubles from a Chita man back in 2007.

Video: 16 leaders and activists of the "thief-in-law" Takha's gang were arrested in the Zabaikalsky Krai.

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