Tomsk 'authority' Rozha imprisoned again

Tomsk 'authority' Rozha imprisoned again
Igor Rozhin (Rozha)

The well-known Igor Rozhin will spend the next 6 years in a colony of strict regime.⁠

Tomsk criminal 'authority' Igor Rozhin, known in certain circles under nickname Rozha, was once again imprisoned.

This time the 'authority' was sentenced to six years in a strict-regime colony under part 1 of Art. 111 (Intentional Infliction of a Grave Injury) and under part 1 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Illegal Possession of Firearms). The 'authority' was convicted for having shot his opponent from a traumatic rifle. Neither the investigation nor the court disclose details of the criminal episode.

Employees of the criminal investigation department of Tomsk detained Rozhin in August 2015. Two pistols and more than 30 rounds were found in his car. Rozha was rounded up just two years after he had served a 14-year sentence for murders, banditry and illegal arms trafficking.

Previously, the CrimeRussia has written that in the 1990's Rozha was the leader of the most powerful criminal group, which terrorized Tomsk businessmen. Rozhinskiye 'covered' all the major businesses in the region. It was rumored that the crime boss was feared, but respected by businessmen, civil servants, and some representatives of law enforcement agencies. The group's activities were suppressed by the FSB officers in September 1999. It was during this period that the criminals prepared an attempt on Deputy Mayor of Tomsk Anisim Uchitel (Teacher), who headed the real estate department.

In 2001, the regional court sentenced Igor Rozhin to 14 years in prison. Another six members of his gang were also sentenced to various terms of imprisonment.

It is interesting that after being released in 2013, Rozha began to defend his good name in the courts. Thus, the 'authority' sued newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, demanding to recognize one of the articles about him written 10 years ago defaming his honor and dignity. In particular, Igor Rozhin did not like the following statements, featured in the journalistic material: "I. Yu. (he was always called strictly by his patronym) quickly put together a 'brigade' of 1500 adherents – disciplined and well-armed"; "Rozhin's calling card is lawlessness. He was fed free of charge in the best restaurants, his car was fueled for free as well"; "People did not dare to contradict him: Rozhin dealt quickly and cruelly. And with impunity. He was not afraid of the police – he boasted of having them in his "fist".

The plaintiff pointed out in the lawsuit that "the information disseminated about him received a high degree of publicity, which aggravates his moral suffering".

Igor Rozhin also did not shy away from suing the FSB for the region, accusing them of violating privacy. According to the 'authority', the chekists illegally handed over operational photos featuring him to the journalists.

However, Rozha lost all the suits, having failed to convince the public of his impeccability.

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