Сrime group leader Serezha-Two-Percent doesn’t manage to be out on parole

Сrime group leader Serezha-Two-Percent doesn’t manage to be out on parole
Sergey Magin (aka Serezha-Two-Percent) Photo: Gennady Gulyaev/Kommersant

However, Vladimir Rybalchenko, a member of the same gang, has been released.

Businessman Vladimir Rybalchenko who had been a member of Sergey Magin’s (aka Serezha-Two-Percent) gang has been released on parole from the colony in Smolensk. According to Kommersant, Rybalchenko was put to the colony in early 2018. Before that, he had been spending time in remand prisons, as court and investigation were ongoing; court eventually sentenced him to 8 and a half years behind bars. After the State Duma made amendments to the the Criminal Procedure Code - under which a day in a remand prison shall be equal to a day and a half in an ordinary-regime colony - Rybalchenko’s lawyers applied for converting his term of imprisonment. As a result, the businessman had less than 2 years left before the expiration of the sentence - the fact that allowed him to apply for a release on parole.

The gang’s leader Sergey Magin did not manage to follow the same procedure due to the fact that his disciplinary records were not clean. However, his term of imprisonment is to be over in less than a year as his term in the remand prison had been taken into consideration.

Serezha-Two-Percent and his partner in crime Vladimir Rybalchenko were the leaders of the major crime group that dealt with illegal banking activity and encashment on an especially large scale. Court found them guilty of laundering of 122.2 billion rubles ($1.8 billion) only. The criminal community’s leaders got 8 and a half years in jail with their partners in crime (Andrey Krivtsov, Aleksander Pluzhnik, and Igor Levin) sentenced to terms from 3 and a half to 5 and a half years. Other 7 defendants in the case received suspended sentences.

Interestingly, head of Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption Denis Sugrobov who ‘caught’ the gang’s members got a longer term for other crimes. He was sentenced to 22 years behind bars for building a criminal community and several instances of excess of powers. Moreover, court concluded that he should be put in a colony with a strict regime which does not allow him to count the days he had spent in the remand prison. However, the Supreme Court subsequently reduced Sugrobov’s sentence to 12 years of imprisonment.

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