Thief in law Sakhno began to build power vertical in Urals

Thief in law Sakhno began to build power vertical in Urals
Eduard Sakhnov

Alpha dogs from the crime boss appeared in Yekaterinburg colonies.

Thief in law Eduard Sakhnov (Sakhno), transferred to Nizhny Tagil colony No. 12 earlier this year, continues to enhance his power. AiF-Ural learned that convicts in other colonies of the Sverdlovsk region are already acting on his behalf.

The publication informs with reference to its sources that alpha dogs appeared in almost every detachment colony No. 10 in Yekaterinburg, where photographer Dmitry Loshagin, accused of killing his wife, is serving his sentence. According to the interlocutor, there is now “everyone from the gang,” which means that the colony is no longer “red” and people in it began to express themselves, they are ready to convey the will of Sakhno, including, if necessary, to cut veins or go on a hunger strike, which is the power of the crime boss.

To recap, according to one of the versions, the Federal Penitentiary Service intentionally transferred Sakhnov to the Urals in order to balance the relationship between the “red” and “black” ones. Recently, the active core, which fulfills the will of the administration among the convicts, has become unmanageable and gone over the edge - the criminals who have power began to mock the other convicts, beat them, extort money, even torture and rape took place. In particular, as photographer Loshagin told human rights defenders, he had to pay the Head of the colony about 2 million rubles ($31 thousand) for “sexual security.”

The source notes that the new bill on making an article more severe for “occupying a higher position in the criminal hierarchy” is unlikely to affect (if adopted) Sakhno. The amendments proposed by Vladimir Putin provide for clarification of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Creation of a Criminal Community). According to one of its clauses, thieves in law face from 8 to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to 5 million rubles ($77.7 thousand). Now there are two crime lords in the Sverdlovsk region - in addition to Sakhno, there is also Georgy Akoyev (Gia Sverdlovskiy) who lives in Yekaterinburg.

Nevertheless, his influence on the criminal world is in the least now. According to Ura.ru source, Akoev “tries to keep a low profile,” and his any actions are stopped by law enforcers. One is in custody, another plays it safe, so it won’t be easy to find something about these ‘thieves in law’. Criminologist and scientific employee of Ural state legal academy Konstantin Korsakov is convinced that there will be very few criminal cases against ‘thieves in law’ under the new article, because it is quite difficult and almost impossible to gather evidence. In his words, Russian authorities took Georgia’s experience where the very fact of the affiliation with the high caste was prosecuted; but in fact, even there, this standard worked badly, based on expert estimates. Experience of Belarus is more demonstrative: a while back, ‘authorities’ just disappeared there.

Meanwhile, as it was reported earlier, ‘convention’ was supposed to be carried out today; the issue related to control over the situation in the region should be discussed. Akoev and Sakhnov are not the only representatives of thieves’ elite in the Urals. A few other people had this status earlier in Yekaterinburg: for example, Korogly Magomedov (aka Karo), Andrey Trofimov (aka Trofa), and Oleg Sukhochev (aka Sukhach). However, the latter is now serving his sentence outside the region; and the former don’t have the ‘crowns’ anymore (it’s disputable though).

Legal advocate Aleksey Sokolov notes that despite the fact that influence of ‘kings’ of the criminal world might seem exaggerated and the phenomenon itself - rudimentary (due to the fact that governmental authorities are anyway capable of getting the best of it in case they use the tools of violence and agreements skilfully) - nevertheless, ‘thieves’ can be used for tactical purposes. This is exactly what the passing move related to Sakhno is telling about. With that, it is possible to assume that he was given the green light for it; and government security services are going to make a contribution to consolidation of his position in the criminal world of the Urals.

It is to be recalled that the native of Komsomolsk-on-Amur - ‘thief in law’ Sakhno - was a member of a Far Eastern organized crime group Obshchak destroyed in the middle of 2000s. The gang dealt with extortion and abduction; and hired teenagers for criminal activity. In 2009, Sakhnov was sentenced to 25 years behind bars, but later his term was shortened by 3 years. The ‘thief’ is going to be in the Urals till the middle of 2020s. 

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