Chief of Chekhov police suspected of patronizing crime lord Kolya Pavlin 

Chief of Chekhov police suspected of patronizing crime lord Kolya Pavlin
Nikolay Pavlinov

The detained high-ranking employees of the Chekhov MIA office, Andrey Bolshakov and Aleksandr Zaytsev could have been invovled in the corruption schemes of Nikolay Pavlinov, investigators believe.

Head of the Chekhov Department of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Andrey Bolshakov and his deputy Aleksandr Zaytsev, who were previously deatined by ICR officers, could have been involved in the corruption schemes developed by crime lord Nikolay Pavlinov, better known as Kolya Pavlin. This is reported by Life. The police officers are suspected of patronizing Pavlin. 

At the moment, Bolshakov and Zaytsev are suspected of Bribe-Taking (item b part 5 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code). According to the investigation, in December 2018, the chief of Chekhov police department received 90 thousand rubles ($1,366) from a local, who wanted to avoid responsibility for Hooliganism. The law enforcer has deleted all videos proving the entrepreneur’s guilt, investigators believe. Zaytsev is suspected of receiving 200 thousand rubles ($3,036) in late November 2018 for patronizing the same businessman, in particular, for the “failure to carry out audits of financial and economic activities of the Internet cafe belonging to him.”   


Searches at Andrey Bolshakov’s place

Searches at Bolshakov’s place revealed a Makarov pistol with knocked off license number. According to the FSB, Chekhov police used to ‘protect’ the Moscow region OCG, assisting them in conducting the illegal business. 

Nikolay Pavlinov was detained in 2017. He was accused of Organization of a Criminal Community and Participation Therein (part 1, 2, and 3 of Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code). According to the investigation, the OCG members acquired the rights to state-owned land and buildings in the Chekhov district of the Moscow region. The crime group is responsible for at least five similar episodes under Swindling Committed by an Organized Group (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Russian Criminal Code) against them. An amount of 11 billion rubles ($167 million) is mentioned in the case. 

Following Pavlinov’s arrest, the defendants in the case of OCC creation and swindling with land plots in the Chekhov district were Deputy Head of the Federal Tax Service Inspectorate in Chekhov Yulia Ivanova, entrepreneur Danis Nizametdinov, a military unit commander in Chekhov-3 and a real estate agent Igor Rodchenkov. The investigation has also taken interest in Head of the Chekhov district Sergey Yudin — documents on the ownership of his land plot in the village of Talezh have been seized from the Chekhov Cadastral Chamber for checking the legality of the transaction. A key member of the group — Pavlinov’s right-hand man Oleg Strekalov — has been put on the wanted list.  


Oleg Strekalov

The accomplices got an updated info on certain land plots at the Chekhov department of the Federal Cadastral Chamber of the Russian Federal Register providing fake old-form resolutions that the sites had been granted to them. As soon as a land plot was registered with the Federal Cadastral Chamber, the fraudsters were given new property documents. After that, the land was resold to nominees several times to make a good history and was sold to a final buyer. The investigators found at least five such incidents between the end of 2011 and August 2016.

Pavlinov was a protégé of Sergey Lalakin, the Podolskaya gang leader, in the 1990s. The group was engaged in racketeering, currency fraud, car sales, robberies, and contract killings, according to some sources. Later, large commercial enterprises in the districts of Podolsk, Chekhov and Serpukhov of the Moscow region came under the control of the group, too.

Currently, Lalakin holds the position of Chairman of the Nasliediye Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the Podolsky Vityaz Sports Club; he is also a member of the supervisory boards at the Union of Russian Paratroopers and the Paralympic Committee of Russia.



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