Boksiory forced Trans-Baikal businessmen to pay $8.5 monthly

Boksiory forced Trans-Baikal businessmen to pay $8.5 monthly
The gang involved men from the town of Mogocha that frequented Zabaikaliye sports club Photo:

The gang would give a part of the amount to a pooled cash fund. Notably, one of the members of the gang was a deputy of the town council.

Law enforcers of the Trans-Baikal region have disclosed details of how Boksiory or Sportsmeny had been doing their racketeering business in the Mogocha district of the region.

Andrei Moskvitin, the Head of the local Criminal Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, told the press that the gang had a dominant role in the district and maintained relations with other major groups in the region. According to police, Boksiory made about 500 thousand rubles ($8.5) on businessmen monthly. The leader of the group would give a part of the amount to the pooled cash fund.

The gang was created in 2008 in the town of Mogocha, by men who frequented a local Zabaikaliye sports club. Law enforcers said that almost all the gang members were officially employed in one of the largest organizations in the region which they did not name. Moreover, one of the members was a deputy of the town council, according to Zabmedia.

Boksiory extorted money from businessmen, rendering criminal protection services in exchange. The mobsters both resolved tensions among businessmen and were actually the ones who triggered them, to show the need for protection. In addition, the gang was caught in several offences of theft, robbery and fraud. Sportsmeny also had a range of weaponry. The siloviki seized rifled firearms, ammunition and explosive devices.

Boksiory gang was defeated in 2015. Criminal cases against some of the members had been sent to the court earlier and are currently under consideration.

Earlier, the CrimeRussia had reported that the gangsters had been charged with 16 criminal offences under item (a), part 3 of Art. 163 of the Criminal Code (Extortion), part 4 of Art. 159 (Swindling), item (c), part 3 of Art. 161 (Robbery), items (a, b), part 3 of Art. 158 (Theft), and Art. 222 and 222.1 (Illegal sale of Firearms, Ammunition and Explosive Devices).

The police also said that law enforcers would have to investigate about 50 offences, mostly extortions and robberies members of the gang are suspected of.



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