Tsyrkach’s hanky-panky. ‘Thief in law’ runs away to Turkey through air gate

Tsyrkach’s hanky-panky. ‘Thief in law’ runs away to Turkey through air gate
Oleg Pirogov (aka Tsyrkach)

Oleg Pirogov is going to become the fourth ‘thief’ prosecuted under the new ‘anti-thief’ article.

Police have missed a ‘thief in law’ Oleg Pirogov (aka Tsyrkach) who was going to be prosecuted under a new ‘anti-thief’ article - Leadership in criminal hierarchy (article 210.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). In March, 2019, during a special operation into detention of Tsyrkach in a Moscow region-based Georgian restaurant, someone had warned hum through a messenger. He set off for the restaurant’s kitchen straight away and escaped from police through the air gate, reports Rosbalt. At the present time, he is in Turkey.

Hunting for Pirogov has been carried out so far this year. 2 gangs headed by Tsyrkach have lately been detained in the Moscow region. In February, police detained a member of one of his criminal groups who extorted 14 million rubles ($222 thousand) from a businessman from the Moscow region’s Kolomna. They made the 45-year-old businessman write 4 IOU notes worth of 6 million rubles ($95 thousand). Besides that, they demanded that he transfer the property of his company. When Pirogov was detained, he could not be accused of anything. The victim did not communicate with the ‘thief in law’ in person, and the members of his gang refused to testify against Tsyrkach.

In May, 2019, members of another gang headed by Pirogov were detained in Noginsk. They were involved in extortion and abduction of a businessman. They did not cooperate with the investigation, either. However, according to the agency’s source, now, there’re “direct evidence against Pirogov” in the case. He is likely to be accused in absentia under article 126 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Abduction), 163 (Extortion), and article 210.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Leadership in criminal hierarchy). Police stated the ‘thief’ was intent on taking control of the Moscow region’s career business.

Tsyrkach is going to become the fourth ‘thief’ prosecuted under the new ‘anti-thief’ article. Earlier, one of the most ‘influential’ ‘thieves in law’ Shishkan had been detained. The law was approved by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in April, this year. It implies adding greater punitive measures for creation of a criminal community. The leaders of the criminal communities can get 15 years behind bars.

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