Vitya Pan trending: another thief in law is charged with crime group reating
Security forces exposed the gang of the Kursk underboss Viktor Panyushin.
The Kursk law enforcers followed to the all-Russian trend. Another thief in law is to be sent to prison for a long time, after being charged with creating an organized crime group. This time, thief in law Viktor Panyushin, known in the criminal environment under the nickname Vitya Pan was caught.
Vitya Pan, who was considered to be the underboss for the Kursk Region, was accused of creating a criminal group. The investigation believes that, Panyushin, who was ‘crowned’ in 2000, created a criminal community for conducting criminal business. His closest associates and leaders in the OCG were Yaroslav Sokolov and Alexander Goncharov. Nikolay Romanov, Oksana Shelekhova, Sergey Golovin, Denis Pronin, Yevgeny Titov were also involved in the gang's activities. The gang’s leaders and members are suspected of committing a number of grave and particularly grave crimes, including kidnapping, fraud in the sale and purchase of real estate, and appropriation of funds.
The persons of interest, depending on the role of each, are suspected in the Creation of a Criminal Community and Participation In It (part 1 and 2 of Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code).
It is to be noted that at the moment Vitya Pan is not detained. He was placed on the wanted list. Sokolov and Titov also are at large.
As for the rest of the gang members, Romanov, Golovin and Pronin were taken into custody earlier within the investigation into another criminal case. Goncharov and Shelekhov are in prison, they were convicted earlier within other criminal cases.
As far as the CrimeRussia is informed, the last time the kingpin Viktor Panyushin was taken by law enforcement officers in June 2016. Vitya Pan was detained right during the gathering, where a member of the criminal environment of the Kursk Region was to be ‘crowned’. Back then, the law-enforcers could not charge Pan with a serious crime and after a preventive conversation he was released.
Video: Vitya Pan detained during criminal gathering
The remarkable thing is that recently in Russia there has been a tendency to charge criminals with cases under part 4 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code. The article provides for deprivation of liberty up to lifetime. The trend for the 210th article says that the law-enforces are seriously tackling the mafia bosses. It is to be recalled that earlier operatives started working on the case of thief in law nicknamed Tkach, who was busted in Moscow by the Moscow Criminal Investigations Department staff together with their colleagues from the Altai Territory on June 22. At the end of April, the Altai court sentenced the Georgian thief in law Mamuka Chkadua (Mamuka Galsky) and his entire gang to imprisonment for 17 years. Certain criminal ‘heavyweights’ like Zakhar Kalashov (Shakro Molodoy) and Yuri Pichugin (Pichuga) also fell victims of the Art. 210 (Gang Creation).
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).