Perm soultaker-official ordering murder of undesirables for 8 years

Perm soultaker-official ordering murder of undesirables for 8 years
Ivan Galkin (rightmost)

Former Deputy Head of the district Ivan Galkin was ordering the hit of elderly people to gain possession of their apartments; in addition, he disposed of a public servant Galina Mekhanoshina out of revenge.

The Perm Region Prosecutor's Office has referred to the court a criminal case of the former Deputy Head of the Kudymkar District Administration Ivan Galkin. The 55-year-old official is accused of a series of contract killings and other crimes he committed from 2007 to 2015.

According to investigation, in autumn 2007 the accused, who had already resigned from his position as Kudymkar administration official, ordered the murder of a 90-year-old woman. Galkin disposed of the old lady to prevent her from challenging the sale of his friend's apartment in court. He hired a Kudymkar citizen with an extensive criminal record Ivan I. for committing the murder. Galkin promised the hitman a large sum of money as a reward; the latter was supposed to find the money at the victim's apartment. The contractor executed the order in November of the same year.

In 2013, Galkin once again availed of Ivan I. services. The former official organized an armed assault and murder of the Regional Department Head of the Ministry of Social Development of Perm Region for the Permian Komi District Galina Mekhanoshina. According to local media, motive for the public employee’s murder was the dismissal of Ivan Galkin’s lover from her department; Galkin decided to take revenge.

Mekhanoshina's former driver was arrested and unjustifiably convicted for this crime. When it was revealed that the murder was committed by a different person, the driver was released from colony, and the judge, who delivered the judgment, resigned. By then the driver had already served 2.5 years.

According to investigators, in 2014, as a member of an organized group, Galkin was preparing a murder of three people, with whom he had ran a joint business; a motive for the crime was the desire to take possession of more than 10 million rubles. He also organized an armed assault and murder of a 80-year-old woman, stealing about 140 thousand rubles from her.

The crime spree could last longer, if it was not for the hitman Ivan I. who got caught committing a domestic murder. While being under the influence of alcohol, he and his son killed two people out of personal animosity. The hitman was arrested by police; during the interrogation, he confessed to the investigator to numerous contract killings and named the instigator, that is, Ivan Galkin. For cooperation in the investigation, the killer was sentenced to 19 years of imprisonment.

The former official is charged with a total of eight articles of the Russian Criminal Code, including Armed robbery with the Purpose of Stealing other people's Property (part 3 of Art. 33 – item (b), (c) of Art.162), Murder of a Person in a Helpless State (part 3 of Art. 33 – item (c), (h), part 2 of Art. 105), Murder of two or more Persons committed by an organised group" (item (a), (c), (g), (h), part 2 of Art. 105), Armed Robbery with the Purpose of stealing other people's property with violence which threatens human health (item (a), (b), (c), part 4 of Art. 162), Willful Damage of Property (part 2 Art. 167), "Armed robbery committed by an organised group" (item a, c part 4 Art. 162), Preparation for murder of two or more persons out of mercenary motives (part 1 of Art. 30 – item (a), (g), (h), part 2 of Art. 105 of the Russian Criminal Code), Illegal bearing of explosives (part 1 of Art. 222.1 of the Russian Criminal Code).    

The investigation of this high-profile criminal case has been completed; the indictment has been signed by the prosecutor; the case will soon be considered in court on the merits. Galkin is facing a life imprisonment.   


Ivan Galkin was born in 1961. He served as the Deputy Head of the Kudymkar District of the Perm Region from December 2000 to November 2004. In the period from 2004 to 2006 he held the position of the Head of Property Management Committee.

In 2001, he set up a nongovernmental organization Mayak, which was closed in 2007 due to failure to submit tax returns. From 2007 to 2014, Ivan Galkin headed a timber harvesting company Galon LLC.



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