Thief in law Tkach Nyagansky may face life imprisonment under Art. 210

Thief in law Tkach Nyagansky may face life imprisonment under Art. 210
Andrey Tkachenko (Tkach Nyagansky)

His gang was engaged in racketeering and thefts.

A trial of the thief in law and former member of the United Russia Andrey Tkachenko aka Tkach Nyagansky has begun in the Altai region. According to the investigation, the thief had created an organized crime community, the members of which were extorting nonexistent debts from businessmen, Kommersant reports. Those who could not repay the ‘debt’ had their cars and other property taken. The gang members then sent the profits to Moscow, from where Tkachenko supervised the actions of his henchmen.

The backbone of the OCC, which had operated since 2015, comprised of eight members; four more people would commit sporadic crimes. Apart from racketeering, the gang engaged in theft of metal from the freight trains traveling to Kazakhstan.

Several participants in the crime community were detained early in the last year. That was when Tkach was put on the wanted list. In the summer of 2017, he was detained by operatives of the MIA General Administration of Criminal Investigation at a mob summit in Moscow, which was held in one of the entertainment complexes. According to siloviki, back then, prominent representatives of the thieves’ world gathered to distribute spheres of influence in the Altai region, 

At the same time, initially, Tkachenko had been charged with only Swindling committed by an organized group or on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code). However, later he was charged under part 4 of Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code (Creation of a Criminal Community by the person holding the supreme position in a criminal hierarchy), for which he faces life imprisonment.

Eight of his closest associates, who also ended up in the dock, are charged with Participation in a criminal community. In total, there are several Extortion (Art. 163), Swindling (Art. 159), Theft (Art. 158), and Car theft (Art. 166) episodes in the criminal case. The thief in law does not agree with the indictment filed.

It is known that Tkachenko was not previously convicted. Until 2008, he was a member of the United Russia party, who dealt with youth policy issues in the Nyagan branch of the party (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District). Also, the future thief in law used to be a coach in the Nyagan City Federation of Karate-Do. His social activity did not prevent him from being the leader of the ‘athletes’ OCG’ Fighter, according to law enforcement databases. In the early 2000s, the leaders of the Urals criminal underworld appointed Tkachenko underboss in Nyagan. He was ‘crowned’ in 2013 along with Radzhik Nizhnevartovsky by Ded Hasan’s confidants Pichuga, Miron, Vasya Voskres, and Tyurik.

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