Volgograd deputies and Russian Railways’ staff conspire to steal fuel worth 11 million rubles
The gang took over 340 tons of petrochemicals out of rolling equipment. They sold the oil products at Volgograd gas stations owned by a parliamentarian.
Security forces detained members of an organized criminal group involved in petroleum sale after they stole it from rolling equipment in Volgograd. The men were arrested while stealing 8.5 tons of fuel and lubricants at Maksim Gorky railway station in the city’s Sovetsky district. The suspects would pour the fuel from the rolling stock into a truck equipped with tanks and pumps.
The Volgograd regional office of the Investigative Committee said there were 12 members in the gang. It was created by a 35-year-old man, whose identity has not yet been disclosed. The gangsters had developed a criminal plan and distributed roles. Edinaya Rossiya's Aleksandr Amochaev, 35-year-old Deputy of Tsaritsyno village and self-nominated Deputy Aleksandr Bleskin turned out to be among the members. According to the Vysota 102, one of the parliamentarians had a gas station chain in the area, where the fuel was sold. Besides, the gang included machinists and their assistants as well as Russian Railways foreman.
According to the investigation, between April and October 2016 the gang stole and sold over 340 tons of petroleum products worth about 11 million rubles. The profit was shared among the gang members. The gang worked only at night using thermal imaging cameras to survey the area. During the searches law enforcers seized 9 tons of fuel, off-the-book financial accounts, invoices, computer equipment, cell phones, portable radio sets, a car with tanks and other equipment.
The Volgograd Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under part 4 of Art. 158 of the Criminal Code (Theft committed by an organized group). Four of the defendants have already been put into custody while the others have been sentenced to house arrest.