Two members of Pichuga’s gang detained in Komi
With regard to detainees, the court has already issued a decision on arrest.
Two alleged members of the Yuri Pichugin’s OCG, known as the thief in law Pichuga, were arrested in the Republic of Komi, the press service of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation reported.
It is noted that Vyacheslav Popov and Georgy Guziev will be sent to the pre-trial detention center of the city of Syktyvkar in the near future, as the court has already granted the petition of the investigation to imprison them.
As previously the CrimeRussia wrote, according to the investigation, since 1994, the criminal group created by Pichugin was engaged in patronizing business, embezzlement, robbery and fraud in Komi. In 2000, criminals began legalization of criminal proceeds through the business (public catering, leisure and services, as well as passenger and cargo transportation and logging).
On February 18, the thief in law was detained in Moscow and taken to Syktyvkar. In parallel, other members of the criminal group were detained in different places. February 20 this year the Syktyvkar City Court placed Pichugin into custody for two months. Together with him, seven other alleged members of the criminal community were arrested. Two of the defendants of the criminal case, Makhach Azizov and Viktor Karpov, were declared federally wanted.
The Supreme Court of the Komi Republic left the appeal without satisfaction, only reducing the term of imprisonment for one day.
Oleg Zaytsev had wide connections within the criminal world and law enforcement agencies. This is being related to an organized crime group headed by Ruslan Kilievich that had allegedly been patronized by a former Federal Security Service Directorate officer Oleg Natalchenko. The crime group had also been a core driver for almost disbanding the criminal investigation department of the police.