Swindler cheats $100k out of Kvartala OCC leaders

Swindler cheats $100k out of Kvartala OCC leaders
Gang leader Avtandil Yanakov aka Avto

Relatives of the gang members paid Margarita Artemyeva in the hope that she would help to commute sentence to Farid Galiullin and Sergey Kalinin.⁠

In Tatarstan, a swindler has been sentenced to 6 years in colony for cheating the leaders of the Kazan OCC Kvartala.

It concerns a criminal episode committed 10 years ago. In 2007, certain Margarita Artemyeva contacted the relatives of the gang leaders Farid Galiullin (aka Fara) and Sergey Kalinin (Gus), against whom a trial was in progress. Through an intermediary, the woman told the relatives that she could prevent the defendants from getting a life imprisonment, as she allegedly had «friends in judicial, law enforcement, and legal circles.» Artemyeva asked 6 million rubles ($100 thousand) for her services, which she later received. However, despite the fraudster’s assurances, in September 2008, Fara and Gus were given life sentences. However, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation later mitigated Galiullin's sentence to 23 years in a strict-regime colony, but Artemyeva had nothing to do with this.

Among other things, there is a number of other frauds amounting to 34 million rubles ($566 thousand) in the 50-year-old swindler's case. As a result, Artemyeva was sentenced to 6 years in a general-regime colony under Art. 159 (Swindling) of the Russian Criminal Code. Not pleading guilty, the woman had vainly tried to challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court of Tatarstan.


The Kvartala OCC was founded in Kazan in the 90s. The largest gang in the region specialized in extortion and 'protection' of businessmen. The arrests of the OCC members began in 2005. In 2008, the Supreme Court of Tatarstan rendered a sentence to the group's main backbone. The gang members received from 5 years of suspended sentence to 25 years in a strict-regime colony. The OCC leader Avtandil Yanakov aka Avto fled to Greece, where he was sentenced as late as in 2015. The crime lord was sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment, but the verdict was appealed, and the convict was released on bail of 10 thousand euro. After the mostactive participants of the OCC were sent to colony, Kvaryala OCC disintegrated. The criminals remaining at large broke up into smaller groups that continue to operate in the region, but on a more modest scale.



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