Rostov MIA ex-Head and Tolsty become witnesses in stolen weapons case

Rostov MIA ex-Head and Tolsty become witnesses in stolen weapons case
Nikolay Mkhitaryan and Dmitry Tarasenko

Court in the Rostov region is considering a high-profile case.

The Bataysky City Court started hearings on the criminal case of firearms stolen from the Kirov district police department of Rostov-on-Don. Brothers Vitaly and Alexander Frolov are accused of complicity in Theft of weapons in a group of persons (part 5 of Art. 33, part 2 of Art. 158, part 5 of Art. 33, part 2 of Art. 226 of the Criminal Code) and its Illegal Circulation (Art. 222 of the Criminal Code). This is a resonant crime, which was divided into different cases.

Earlier, The CrimeRussia has repeatedly reported about this resonant incident. In the evening of March 7 in the city of Kurganinsk, after receiving a special message from the Krasnodar Territory prosecutor's office, officers of the MIA of the Krasnodar Territory and the Road Patrol Service detained two cars: a Range Rover, in which local ‘authority’ was Nikolay Mkhitaryan nicknamed Tolsty and the Head of the MIA of Rostov, Dmitry Tarasenko, were. They transported a whole arms cache In the off-road car: Izh gun 79-caliber 9 mm., two revolvers Reck mod cobra, AK 47 automatic caliber 7,62 and two Saiga guns. Alexander Frolov was at the wheel of Volga, moving behind the off-road car.

Immediately after the arrest the Head of the Rostov police could not clearly explain what he was doing in the car in the company of criminal authority nicknamed Tolsty with a whole arsenal of weapons. Only a few days later Dmitry Tarasenko explained that he had taken allegedly earlier stolen weapons to the police department №3 on behalf of the Chief of the MIA of Russia in the Rostov region, lieutenant-general of police Andrey Larionov.

The high-ranking policeman, as the source of The CrimeRussia reported, managed to avoid responsibility only due to connections and relationships with the governor of the Rostov region, Vasily Golubev, who was part of the trusted circle of the now former deputy prosecutor of the Russian Federation for the Southern Federal District, Sergey Vorobyov.

Nikolay Mkhitaryan, according to The CrimeRussia, is a former member of the gang of the now late thief in law Armen Arutyunyan (Armen Kanevskoy), and now a member of the gang of Vagan Karlika specializing in contract killings. At the same time, in an interview with the media Tarasenko introduced Tolsty as his friend, businessman and owner of hookah bars called Baghdad.

Later Tarasenko was taken off the payroll and ‘quietly’ retired by decision of the Rostov Chief Directorate. Together with Tolsty he is involved in a criminal case on stealing weapons as a witness.

Investigators believe that the situation looked like this: the Frolov brothers kept and sold weapons to ‘unidentified persons’, which Alexander Gulov, freelance officer of the regional MIA, abducted from the storage room of the Rostov region MIA police department №3. From July 2015 to March 2016 he managed to steal 414 pieces of firearms, traumatic and gas weapons, as well as components, ammunition and explosives worth more than 3 million rubles ($52.6 thousand).

In early March 2016 one of the prosecutors of Kirovsky district of Rostov came to the police department to get the gun handed over to them for storage. When it turned out that it was not in the storehouse, a scandal broke out. It transpired that senior specialist of the logistics support group of the police department Alexey Butyrskoy regularly permits freelance police officer Alexander Gulov to use keys from the weapons storage room. Further it was found out that the Frolovs were fond of hunting and conducted business in the trade of traumatic weapons. Former school friend Alexander Gulov offered them stolen trunks for sale. Frolov agreed and bought about 200 units of traumatics and firearms. Then he organized two caches – one in Bataysk, the other – near his parents' house in Mostovsky district of the Krasnodar Territory.

Kommersant writes referring to a source familiar with the case that Dmitry Tarasenko was allegedly engaged in an investigation into the disappearance of weapons in the police department. When the detectives established the arms dealers, the colonel decided to withdraw the stolen weapons himself, contacted Vitaly Frolov and demanded to give the weapons voluntarily, and he agreed.

When Tarasenko with Mkhitaryan and Frolov were transporting allegedly seized weapons, they were stopped by a detachment of the traffic police. The lawyer of one of the brothers noted that 150 victims were involved in the case, and expressed bewilderment on the fact that none of them had previously stated about the loss of weapons.

The case of freelance officer Gulov and specialist of the logistic support group Butyrsky was investigated separately. The first has already been sentenced to 4 years, the trial of the second one is still ongoing.

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