Renewed Moscow Criminal Investigation Department to focus on Caucasus
As a result of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department reform, three separate divisions for combating ethnic OCG have been added to its structure, namely Kavkaz (Caucasus), Zakavkazye (Transcaucasia), and Srednyaya Aziya (Central Asia).
Structural changes in the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department (MUR) have been completed. The MUR transformation has resulted in strengthening of operational activities to combat criminal elements from the Caucasus and Central Asia.
It is known that an operation and search department has been created in MUR dealing with detection of frauds of general criminal orientation. According to Rosbalt, in contrast to a single department fighting criminal elements from the Caucasus and Central Asia in the past, there are now three departments for operative development of this direction.
Kavkaz division of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department deals with the development of organized crime groups (OCGs), whose members are natives of Caucasian republics belonging to the Russian Federation, Zakavkazye specializes in OCGs consisting of Caucasians from the CIS countries. Srednyaya Aziya will fight against organized crime from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
In September, when structural changes in the MUR were first launched, it was reported that the total number of operatives would increase.
Let us recall that on September 30, it became known that the Head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the MIA General Administration of Moscow, Police Major General was to resign from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. A TASS source emphasized that the MUR Head's resignation had nothing to do with the resignation of the Head of the MIA General Administration of Moscow Anatoly Yakunin.
Meanwhile, MIA sources started talking about new candidates for the Head of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department as early as in July. The Colonel Maksim Vanichkin, the son of the Deputy Head of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Colonel Mikhail Vanichkin, was named the leading contender to the Head of MUR. In October, a source at the Central MIA Board said that the Head of the Tsaritsyno Office of Internal Affairs, the Colonel Aleksandr Polovinka, is one of the main candidates for the position.
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