40 murders. Roslavsko-Dubrovskaya organized crime group to be judged again

40 murders. Roslavsko-Dubrovskaya organized crime group to be judged again
Active members of the organized crime group

In 2015, the members of the organized crime group were acquitted by the Moscow Regional Military Court, however, subsequently, the sentence was revoked by the Supreme Court, and the case was joined with that related to two other members of the gang.

The criminal case on Roslavsko-Dubrovskaya organized crime group was remitted for the new trial to the Moscow Regional Military Court. The members of the crime group are convicted of a series of murders during gang fights. The investigation believes that the gang leader Igor Galantsev and his accomplices Gennady Baronov, Sergey Novgorodov, Igor Semenov, Pyotr Turlaev, Oleg Tereshin, and Andrey Gurov are convicted of creation of a criminal community (criminal organization) and participation therein, banditry, murders and illegal possession of weapons. (Articles 210, 209, 105 and 222of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

In 2015, they were acquitted by the Moscow Regional Military Court, however, subsequently, the sentence was revoked by the Supreme Court, and the case was joined with that related to two other members of the gang detained afterward. According to Kommersant, the joint file consisting of 230 volumes the remand detainees trials lasted for a year and a half, and the Court had to limit the time on these proceedings. With that, the preliminary hearings could not take place. On of the gang’s members, Pyotr Turlaev is now on trial ib the city of Bryansk in connection with the murder of a code-bound thief Boris Petrushin (aka Baryga) committed in 2002. As a result, the proceedings related to the case on the members of the organized crime group had to be deferred before the sentencing of Tulaev which is, according to the lawyers, not going to happen before November, this year.

The Roslavsko-Dubrovskaya organized crime group was founded in 2004 in the city of Roslavl in Smolensk region. Shortly after, the gang headed by Galantsev began extending its influence to neighboring regions. Subsequently, several criminal groups from the cities of Bryansk, Vyazma, and Smolensk joined the band. The investigation believes that on the whole, the gang’s members have committed more than 40 murders of members of rival gangs. As for Galantsev and his accomplices, they are convicted of murders of crime bosses in Bryansk - Andrey Solukov, Viktor Magomedov, Aleksander Bogdanov (aka Bassist) and Andrey Badia in the early 2000s. The organized crime group is connected to the murder of a code-bound thief Merab Tabagua and his friends Aleksey Kryukov and Ivan Zankevich in 2003. Moreover, the investigation found out that the convicted are connected to the murder of a former prosecutor of Roslavl district in Smolensk region Nikolay Prokopovich in January 2005.

It is possible that this instance may cause the extension of the case. The defense intends to seek the situation on the members of the organized crime group to be joined to the case on the murder of the prosecutor Prokopovich. If the Court satisfies this requirement, the case will have to be sent back to the Investigative Committee of Russia. After that, the convicted will have to familiarize themselves with materials relating to their cases upon the conclusion of inspections or investigations.

Besides the brutal killings, the case has an instance when the gang’s members in a drunken state vandalized a local shopping mall. On November 5, 2007, initially, they were aggressive and behaved defiantly, and as a respond to a comment by the shopping mall’s security guard, Gennady Baronov first used mean words against the guard, and after being asked to leave the shopping mall, began manhandling him. Other security guards who came to help received punches and kicks, and, moreover, were kicked with a metal part of a decorative torch in their heads. Another gang’s member pulled an MP-461 Strazhnik rubber-bullet handgun from his belt, shot in the head of one of the guards and in the stomach of another which caused severe bodily injury.

It is to be noted that this instance was the only one when Baronov was found guilty by the Moscow Regional Military Court during the first consideration of the case in 2015. As for the rest, the Court fully justified the alleged members of the organized crime group.

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