Court may be helping 'night governor of Petersburg' to escape punishment

Court may be helping 'night governor of Petersburg' to escape punishment
Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin

Vladimir Barsukov (Kumarin) is accused of creating an organized crime group. The Prosecutor's Office believes the court deliberately delays the decision on his case.⁠

The St. Petersburg City Court will consider the appeal of the prosecutor's office of the Central District of St. Petersburg on the decision of the Kuybyshevsky District Court on the return of the Tambovskaya gang case to the Prosecutor General to eliminate deficiencies, Dp.ru reports. According to the Prosecutor's Office, the decision of the Kuybyshevsky court is unreasonable and violates the norms of the Criminal Procedure Code. The prosecutors consider the findings of the court to be inconsistent with the factual background.

The Kuybyshevsky district court justified the return of the case by the fact that most of the crimes were committed in the territory of Petrogradsky district of St. Petersburg. In addition, the time and place of the creation of the criminal group by Barsukov was not accurately determined in the indictment. According to the prosecutor's office, the community appeared no later than March 2005. However, the conclusion says that at that time Barsukov had already offered future accomplices to join his group. St. Petersburg is mentioned in the conclusion as a place of creation of the group. According to the prosecutor's office, Barsukov created the group in the entertainment complex Zolotaya Strana (Golden Country) on Vladimirsky Avenue. It is under the jurisdiction of the Kuybyshevsky court. However, other addresses are featured in the conclusion as well.

In its appeal, the Prosecutor's Office indicated that the court deliberately delays the timing of the proceedings. The limitation period for Barsukov's crime is 15 years. Thus, in 2020 the 'night governor of Petersburg' will be able to evade responsibility if the court does not start considering the case by that time.

Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin was detained in August 2007. In November 2009, he was sentenced to 14 years of strict regime for swindling and legalization of property. In March 2012, an episode of extortion from the owners of Elizarovsky shopping center was added to Barsukov's case. The term was increased to 15 years. In August 2016, Barsukov received another 23 years in a strict-regime colony for an attempt on the co-owner of the St. Petersburg oil terminal, Sergey Vasilyev, which he committed in 2006.

Tambovskaya gang operated in the period from the late 1990's to early 2000's in St. Petersburg. It was engaged in extortions, robberies and homicides. Barsukov was reported to be one of the founders of the crime group. However, he was not charged with creating the group.

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