Baku: leader of ethnic organized criminal group of St. Petersburg sentenced
The gangsters were engaged in extortion and contract killings.
A court in Baku sentenced an organized criminal group leader, Murad Mamedov, to 13.5 years in prison. The remaining members of the group were convicted earlier by Russian courts. The gang consisting of natives of Azerbaijan extorted money from local entrepreneurs and was engaged in contract killings, the press service of ICR’s Directorate for St. Petersburg reports.
According to the investigators, Mamedov created the gang in March 2003 in St. Petersburg. All participants lived in the northern capital of the Russian Federation, but they were from the Agdam region of Azerbaijan. The ICR told about one crime he was charged with.
In April 2009, on Mamedov’s orders, the gangsters killed the daughter of an entrepreneur who refused to pay 10,000 rubles ($ 155) a month for general patronage. In January of the same year, the businessman was threatened by arson of his car, but nevertheless, he did not pay the gangsters.
Mamedov was detained on the territory of Azerbaijan, although he had Russian citizenship. Later, he was deprived of citizenship, as he received it illegally. Mamedov was found guilty of banditry, murder, extortion and the deliberate destruction of another's property.