Savvy thief Yakov Subbota robs house of FCS ex-head Belyaninov
The notorious thief was complicit in theft of a Stradivarius violin, 200 incunables from the State Historical Library, as well as 100 thousand dollars belonging to Filipp Kirkorov (Russian artist).
The notorious thief Yakov Subbota ('Saturday') was detained on suspicion of robbing the house of the former Director of the Federal Customs Service, President of the Eurasian Development Bank Andrey Belyaninov, Moskovsky Komsomolets reports.
Subbota was involved in stealing an Antonio Stradivarius viola worth $1.2 million from the Glinka Museum in 1996, 200 incunables worth $400 thousand from the State Historical Library, and $100 thousand belonging to Filipp Kirkorov from the apartment of Grand Concert Hall Oktyabrsky Director Emma Lavrinovich.
For the last raid on an apartment in 2012, Subbota was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison. He was released on parole and moved to live in the Moscow region town of Protvino.
Belyaninov's house in the village of Sosenskoye was robbed on the evening of October 24. The thief sneaked into the official’s mansion where his mother, spouse, her friend and a maid were at that moment. Threatening the women with a gun, the raider stole 1.5 million rubles ($22.8 thousand), 10 thousand euros, 10 thousand dollars, as well as 30 collectors’ coins. In 2016, the FSB confiscated the coins from him, but eventually, the valuables were returned.
The reasons why Subbota decided to rob Belyaninov’s dacha are being established. According to preliminary versions, his attention could be attracted by stories about searches in the house of the FCS ex-Head. Then, a collection of coins stolen during the current raid was shown.
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