Court quashes life sentence of Directorate for Combating Organised Crime ex-Head
Rinat Salekhov now faces 25 years in the colony.
The life sentence of ex-Head of the Department of Internal Affairs’ Directorate for Combating Organised Crime for the Astrakhan region Rinat Salekhov, who was the leader of the Russian Club gang, was replaced for 25 years in the colony. This is reported by the Astrakhan Novosti. In 2010, Salekhov was found guilty of murder, falsification of evidence, abuse of authority, and infringement on the life of a person carrying out justice.
At the same time, his accomplices from law enforcement bodies got terms from three to 25 years of imprisonment. According to the prosecution, they committed crimes on the order of Salekhov.
In 2011, gang leader Pavel Noskov was convicted. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the murder of two people and the attempted murder of a third man.
In 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the sentence of Salekhov. A revision of the verdict was made in 2013, but this attempt was unsuccessful.
The Russian Club gang operated on the territory of the Astrakhan region from 2003 to 2007. The bandits committed several murders, money laundering, illegal bringing to criminal responsibility, falsification of criminal cases and fraud. Innocent people were charged with the crimes the gang committed.
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