Stavropol Renaissance’s case: gang leader killed, bribe-taking investigator to serve 8 years, other gang members waiting for trial
The organized criminal fund has cashed more than 10 billion rubles ($169 m) for 3 years.
The Stavropol region has completed the investigation of the largest cashiers' gang in the region. The investigation of the case against the participants of Renaissance foundation lasted 6 years. Now the case centering on Illegal Banking Activity committed by an organized group and attended by profit-making in an especially large amount (part 2 of Art. 172 of the Criminal Code) is sent to the Industrial District Court of Stavropol for consideration on the merits.
The Main Investigative Directorate (MID) of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) for the North Caucasus Federal District found that the supposedly charitable foundation Renaissance was set up back in 2006 by well-known businessman in Stavropol Armen Saakyan. The organization positioned itself as a fund to help citizens in need. Under this pretext, representatives of Renaissance obtained the passport data of those who applied to them and registered companies in their names with subsequent setting up of bank accounts. Afterwards, these legal entities were used to make fictitious transactions and withdraw money.
According to Kommersant, from the beginning of 2008 to September 2011, about 20 bogus companies were able to cash out more than 10 billion rubles ($169 m). Thanks to this, according to the investigation, seven active members of the gang of underground bankers generated at least 130 million rubles ($2.1 m). Another 40 million ($676 thousand) were introduced "into the legal turnover of other organizations", which is regarded as Laundering of Monetary Funds Acquired by a Person as a Result of an Offence Committed by Him (part 3 of Art. 174.1 of the Criminal Code). In addition, they are charged with Making or Sale of Counterfeit Payment Documents, which are not securities (part 2 of Art. 187 of the Criminal Code).
Even before the investigation began, head of the gang Saakyan was killed by a hired assassin. In 2010, an unknown person shot him on the threshold of the foundation office in Stavropol, firing 12 bullets into him. This crime still remains undetected. After that, the gang was headed by another well-known businessman in the region, who had previously been engaged in construction, Georgy Bulygin. In the fall of 2011, the first detentions of the Renaissance members began. At first, two of them found themselves behind the bars, and two years later Bulygin himself was incarcerated.
At the moment, one of the document processing specialists of shell firms Stanislav Tsoy is serving 3.5 years under the verdict of the Industrial District Court of Stavropol. Thanks to Bulygin the former investigator for especially important cases of the investigative unit of the district head office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Alexey Mosienko was sentenced to 8 years in a colony of strict regime. In 2015, Bulygin told FSB officers that investigator Mosienko, working on their case, was ready to unblock the arrested accounts for 2 million rubles ($33.8 thousand).
During the transfer of a bribe of more than 1 million, Mosienko was rounded up. In February 2017, the court found him guilty of Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code), and in addition to the term he was fined 11 million rubles ($185.9 thousand). The case, which he dealt with, was handed over to the district head office of the ICR and was soon completed.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.