Vor Sakhno sets about implementing Federal Penitentiary Service’s plan

Vor Sakhno sets about implementing Federal Penitentiary Service’s plan
Eduard Sakhnov (Sakhno)

Some sources say he was transferred to the Urals to balance the relationship of ‘the Red’ and ‘the Black.’

Vor Eduard Sakhnov (Sakhno), who had been transferred to the Sverdlovsk region, started taking the first steps. The maximum-security barracks in the correctional camp No. 12 (IK-12) in San-Donato (a railway station in the city of Nizhny Tagil) begin to send first circular letters from crime bosses, or telegrams with the requirement to establish underworld traditions.

As previously reported by AiF referring to representatives of the penitentiary system, the prison administration planned to transfer the gangland thief and former leader of the Far Eastern organized crime community Obshchak to the Urals in order to maintain balance and control in the colonies of the Sverdlovsk region. Sakhno, who adheres to thieves’ traditions, should have stabilized the situation, which was once “stirred up” by long-term lawlessness on the part of the so-called active core – i.e. convicts executing the will of the administration.

In the last 10-15 years, the Federal Penitentiary Service has bet on the Red, the active core. This led to the fact that in some cases it became uncontrollable and went far beyond the line. The empowered criminals began to mock the rest of the convicts, beat them, and extort money from them, resorting to torture and rape. Sakhno was supposed to eliminate such distortions.

According to AiF sources, it is easier and more efficient for the Federal Penitentiary Service to maintain control having a ‘balance’ in the form of an authoritative representative of the criminal environment. “In the 90s, it was the Black who were in charge, and then the Red began to serve as a balance. Now the situation has changed.”

As noted by a member of the Public Monitoring Commission, Aleksey Sokolov, over the years, the regional office of the Federal Penitentiary Service has produced a lot of ‘activists’ who rampaged through several colonies. At some point, there was a threat that simple convicts would want revenge, and blood would flow. At the same time, if the active core had been transferred to other colonies, they would have exposed previous extortions and tortures. In some cases, the active core actually ‘ran’ the colonies.

Thus, according to Sokolov, in colony-63, they kept all the internal documentation and supervised inmates. All this provoked the current problem for administrations, when they are not able to neither get rid of their 'helpers' nor cope with them. According to him, the crime boss of Sakhnov’s level was important, since the active core was seriously limited in possibilities, and there was no one to oppose them — there is no such authority either in the colonies or at liberty. Now he is kept in the strict-regime on purpose, and he himself defiantly refuses the help of 'colleagues' like the thief in law Giya Akoyev (Giya Sverdlovsky), who offered help in the form of visit of representatives of the public observatory commission to the colony-12.

The initiative to transfer Sakhnov, apparently, came from the Head of the Sverdlovsk Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Fedorov, who himself only six months ago was moved from a similar position in the Tambov region, studied the situation and realized the scale of the problem.

To recap, native of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, vor Sakhno was part of the Far Eastern criminal gang Obshchak, defeated in the mid-2000s. The gang was engaged in extortion, kidnapping and recruiting adolescents for criminal activities. In 2009, Sakhnov was sentenced to 25 years, but later the term was reduced by three years. In the Urals, the crime boss will stay until the mid-20s.

Of note, the Federal Penitentiary Service has a similar plan regarding vor Shakro Molodoy. With the help of the influential crime lord, the authorities intend to stifle the growth of influence of convicted extremists in colonies. According the to Rosbalt's interlocutor, there have recently been alarming patterns in many Russian colonies. If earlier all penitentiary institutions were roughly divided into 'red' ones, controlled by the administration, and 'black' ones with great influence of thieves in law, now we can talk about the appearance of new colonies - 'green' ones where so-called “Jamaats” consisting of convicts, professing the radical branches of Islam, have the upper hand. The FSIN sent Shakro Molodoy to one of the colonies in southern Russia to monitor the situation.

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