Vasilenko, kidnapped by Ukrainian crime lord, punished for appropriating gangster money

Vasilenko, kidnapped by Ukrainian crime lord, punished for appropriating gangster money
Yury Vasilenko

The criminal case of the abduction of the Ukrainian criminal authority Yury Vasilenko – the main person involved in the murder cases of ex-State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov and the leader of the Oplot party Yevgeny Zhilin – is practically solved.

The motives of the suspects in the abduction, and possibly the murder of the Ukrainian criminal authority Yury Vasilenko, have become known. According to Rosbalt, citing a law enforcement source, the criminal case about the abduction of Vasilenko was opened by joint efforts of the FSB, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Main Investigative Department of the ICR in Moscow.

According to the investigation, Vasilenko was kidnapped for a serious conversation by members of the Kurskaya and Mazutkinskaya organized criminal groups, with whom the Ukrainian crime lord cooperated in their criminal affairs – exporting from Ukraine to Russia antiques and large sums of money that belonged to former colleagues of Viktor Yanukovich, who fled to Russia, making deals and transferring dirty money abroad, as well as organizing “contract” murders in Russia and neighboring countries.

Kurskiye mafiosi, with whom Vasilenko was familiar for a long time, according to an agency source, provided strong support for criminal deals. In particular, they are suspected of fulfilling the “order” for eliminating the leader of the Oplot party, Yevgeny Zhilin, and for killing the crime lord Eduard Akselrod in Kharkov, who began to cooperate with the SBU in investigating the murder of Denis Voronenkov.

However, according to Rosbalt, Vasilenko gave several times less than promised money for several recent operations, explaining that he was not fully paid off, and part of the funds had to be sent to the common fund.

The agency notes that the Kurskiye did not venture to arrange a fight with Vasilenko, while he was close with some influential mafia, whose name was not reported. At the same time, it is known about Vasilenko’s close relations with the thief in law Vladimir Tyurin (Tyurik) and representatives of the criminal environment in the Kursk region, and in particular with the thief in law Viktor Panyushin (Vitya Pan). It was through the Kursk region that a channel for the withdrawal of expensive cars and antiques from Ukraine operated.

However, when the Ukrainian crime lord got spotted in the stories of the murders of Voronenkov and Zhilin and his name began to sound in the media, the Russian partners in the criminal business pushed him away from all monetary projects, ceased to involve him in cash-out operations and entrust the execution of criminal tasks in Ukraine.

When the Kurskiye went directly to the Russian boss of Vasilenko, it turned out that for all the orders Vasilenko received money in full and simply pocketed most of it. Then the Kurskiye together with the influential mafia called Vasilenko to talk for a "debriefing", which he did not attend. After this, it was decided to deliver the crime lord to the shoot-out by force, which resulted in an incident in a capital restaurant. Vasilenko, who tried to escape, received serious gunshot wounds, from which he probably died later.

The operatives quickly figured out the attackers thanks to the recordings from the surveillance cameras. As previously reported, two of them were detained on January 31. They were previously convicted members of the Kurskaya and Mazutkinskaya organized criminal groups Aleksandr Soshnikov (the alleged organizer of the attack) and Vladimir Taimankin. Three more suspects are wanted. Among them there is the popular chanson singer from Kursk, Dmitry Polyakov aka Don.

Ukrainian crime boss Yury Vasilenko was kidnapped by unknown persons from the capital’s Basil restaurant on Prospekt Mira after a shooting bout. Announced wanted in Ukraine for the murder of former State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov was taken away in an unknown direction in the trunk of a Mitsubishi Pajero car without a license plate. Upon the incident, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under articles 126 (“Abduction of a person committed by a group of persons in a preliminary conspiracy”) and 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Illegal circulation of weapons”).

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