Thief in law Tsirkach: “I work as a digger, I am a thief in law, and I am very proud of it”
Video of interaction between the ‘thief’ and the police appeared on the internet.
Video of Oleg Pirogov (aka Tsirkach), with security officials, appeared on the web. During interaction with police, Pirogov said that he was working as a digger, and when asked if he was a ‘thief in law’, he answered affirmatively: "I work as a digger, I am a thief in law, and I am very proud of it".
Let us recall that on February 22 it became known that several extortionists were detained in the Moscow Region, whose activities the police associate directly with Pirogov (aka Tsirkach). The detainees, according to the press service of the Moscow Region Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, extorted 14 million rubles ($218 thousand) on behalf of Tsirkach. After the extortionists were detained, the police reported that Tsirkach “intends to take control of the career business of the Moscow Region.” The detention of the ‘thief’ himself in this case was not reported.
Several new criminal cases against corrupt officials have been instituted in Dagestan. The high-ranked suspects include Abdulmedzhid Suleimanov, ex-Mayor of Izberbash; Amir Magomedov, ex-Head of the Izberbash Administration; Magomed Dzhelilov, Head of the Derbent District; and El’dar Karagishiev, Head of the Babayurt District. In the past, all of them were suspected of similar crimes – but somehow managed to get off the hook. The new arrests occur amid the anti-corruption campaign in the republican law enforcement structures. What are the true reasons behind the new wave of the personnel purge? Can the anti-corruption slogans conceal a fierce battle waged by local clans for redistribution of assets with the purpose to create a new ‘untouchable’ elite in Dagestan?