National park deputy director suspected of organizing hunting for Zhigulevskie gang
Before that, Valery Ovchinnikov was found guilty of exceeding official powers.
Valery Ovchinnikov, deputy director of the national park Samarskaya Luka, is prosecuted. He is charged with the organization of a hunt in the territory of the national park for the members of Zhigulevskie gang - Vladimir Bataykin, Valery Kozlov, Ruslan Manafutdinov and Roman Melnik. He also involved his subordinates in the organization of hunting. Hunting trophies were processed and then sold in the entertainment centers controlled by the group.
The investigation believes that the employees of the park built towers with feeding platform to attract animals. This fact was recorded by law enforcement officers and also confirmed by the national park staff.
There were accidents in which animals were knocked down.
It is assumed that the deputy director of the national park gave orders to destroy the materials of these accidents, as a result of which administrative cases were not initiated.
Earlier, Ovchinnikov was found guilty under Exceeding Official Powers (part 1 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code).