Gang convicted of blackmailing homosexuals
The crooks introduced themselves as police officers and assaulted gay people extorting large sums of money from them.
The Stavropol Regional Court condemned a gang of Mineralnye Vody, which had arranged meeting with a teenager for homosexuals, and then demanded a ransom for non-spreading of the information about the victim’s sexual preferences. The organized group found homosexuals online and texted them from a teenager’s page. Having agreed on the time for the meeting in a rented apartment, they asked a minor boy they knew to meet with the victim for a pay. Then, the crooks broke into the apartment, posing as police officers, used violence against the gay men and demanded large amounts of money. One of the victims had to give his car and a large amount of money to the criminals. According to the local paper, Kavkazsky Uzel, the criminals were detained during one of the money transfers.
They were charged under part 3 of Art. 127 (Illegal deprivation of a person's liberty, which is not related to his abduction) and part 3 of Art. 163 (extortion committed by an organized group) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The case was heard in a closed court session; the names of the defendants were not disclosed.
“The defendants pleaded partially guilty to the charges; one of them said that a friend had asked him to help find children molesters,” said a court source.
The group members were convicted for terms ranging from 2 years to 5 years, depending on the degree of participation in the criminal scheme.