Borman's ‘empire’: Moscow court arrested four gang members in absentia 

Borman's ‘empire’: Moscow court arrested four gang members in absentia
Oleg Prutyanu (Borman)

Russian investigators hope Moldova will extradite brothers Alexey and Vitalie Galesku, Vasiliu Garabadzhi and Igor Toma, who are accused of creating a criminal community and drug smuggling.

The day before the Tverskoy Court of Moscow arrested in absentia four natives of Moldova accused of participating in the gang of crime lord Oleg Prutyanu (Borman), which smuggled drugs into Russia, reports Kommersant. Prutyanu himself was detained in Chisinau at the request of the Russian special services.

Employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia established the involvement of Igor Toma, Vasiliu Garabadzhi and the brothers Alexey and Vitalie Gelesku in smuggling during the investigation of cases of drug dealers involved in the spread of Moroccan hashish. Three citizens of Belarus, detained in June 2017 with 35 kilograms of hashish in a car, pointed at the brothers Galescu and their accomplices. For smuggling, they received significant terms.

In court, a representative of the investigative department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs indicated that the Moldovan citizens are accused of Creation of a Criminal Community and Participation Therein (part 1 and part 2 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to the investigator, at large, they may continue criminal activity, threaten witnesses, or destroy the evidence in the case.

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Prepacked hashish

The prosecutor did not object to the arrest, and the lawyers appointed for the accused stated that they “could not agree with their defendants on their position” because of their absence at the trial, but they believe that they “would certainly have opposed placing into custody”. As a result, the court approved the petition of the investigation. A number of lawyers did not wait for the announcement of the court decision.

Russian investigators hope that their Moldovan counterparts will agree to extradite the brothers Galescu and their accomplices on the grounds that the Russians have completed all the necessary formalities for this procedure. “Moldovan police made it clear that they know the whereabouts of the all four,” explained the investigator of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, “but in order to detain them at the Interpol request, orders are required for arrests in absentia, which was done.”

The Interior Ministry noted that they do not count on the quick extradition of the accused. According to the representative of the Ministry, it may take at least a year to consider the request for extradition, but the Russian police hope for a positive response from the Moldovan authorities.

According to the investigation, since 2013, about 50 people have been detained in Russia for smuggling Moroccan hashish, and over a ton of drugs has been seized. 30 of them have already been convicted, and another 18, including Oleg Prutyan, have been put on the international wanted list. Prutyanu is charged with part 4 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code (Creation

of a Criminal Community by the person holding the supreme position in a criminal hierarchy). This is the first such case, initiated by investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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