Thief in law Pichuga to celebrate New Year in jail

Thief in law Pichuga to celebrate New Year in jail
Yury Pichugin, Pichuga

Yury Pichugin could have been released in three days, however, investigative bodies brought a petition before the Moscow City Court to extend his period of remand in custody by three months, until February 18, 2019.

The Moscow City Court has extended vor Yury Pichugin’s (Pichuga) period of remand in the pre-trial detention center Lefortovo for three months, until February 18, 2019, Komiinform reports. Pichugin and his henchmen are charged with the Creation of an Organized Crime Community (Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code), Illegal Storage of Firearms (Art. 222), and Murder (Art. 105). 

The vor could have been released in three days, however, investigative bodies brought a petition before the court to extend his period of remand in custody by three months, until February 18, 2019. The court granted the petition. Neither Pichugin nor his defense have appealed the court decision. 

Pichugin was detained in February of 2017 in an elite country house settlement in the Moscow region. Simultaneously, his accomplices were detained in various Russian regions.

In Pyatigorsk, FSB officers captured Pichugin’s closest ally, Khadis Azizov (Lomano). The operation was held in the Belissimo restaurant, where he had arrived on his Mercedes S500 with a regional license plate of the Republic of Komi to meet with a friend. In Syktyvkar, other OCG members and their associate businessmen were detained, including  Aleksey Rokhlin, Sergey Soldatov, Sergey Vanuyto, Maksim Abubakarov, Aleksandr Egorov, Oktay Efendiev, and Akhmed Isaev. Later, three other members of the gang, namely Vyacheslav Popov and Georgy Guziev, and Makhach Azizov were arrested. Makhach Azizov was declared federally wanted. 

According to the investigation, Pichugin’s OCC has operated in the Republic of Komi over the past 20 years. The gang members would protect the local business, engage in swindling, armed robberies, and other illegal activity. They would transfer the money obtained as a result of their activity to the common fund. Searches conducted as part of the investigation in various regions of Russia revealed arms caches. 

Pichugin was transferred to the pre-trial detention center Lefortovo on March 1. Final charges were brought against him in September.

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