Criminal case of Irkutsk Duma member Panko into murders and ties to Klyuchevskaya crime group close

Criminal case of Irkutsk Duma member Panko into murders and ties to Klyuchevskaya crime group close
Aleksander Panko

In Aleksander Panko’s words, his house arrest has been lifted, and he has returned to an entrepreneurial and public activity.

House arrest of Irkutsk Duma member Aleksander Panko suspected of murders of two persons and ties to a Klyuchevskaya crime group has been lifted, reports IrkutskMedia news agency. In Aleksander Panko’s words, his house arrest has been lifted, and he has returned to an entrepreneurial and public activity.

Panko who had been suspected of personal commitment of murders of two Chita criminal ‘authorities’ was arrested in October, 2018. The investigation theory is that the Duma member had ties to a Klyuchevskaya crime group and is known under the nickname Ninja. In 1997, Panko allegedly took part in shooting of ‘competitors’ who had arrived in Irkutsk to take out on members of Klyuchevskaya crime group for lost control over Chita-based Central market.

The investigation into the murders was resumed, after killer of Klyuchevskaya crime group Vladislav Telkin had been detained in 2017.

After detention, Panko was convoyed to Chita where he was put in a remand prison for the duration of the investigation. With that, he was not deprived of his Duma member mandate. Subsequently, the Duma member was transferred under house arrest by court.

Aleksander Panko has been Irkutsk Duma member since 2006. He was a head of commission for property and land matters. His deputies performed his duties for the duration of the arrest. In 2017, Panko was ranked #2 on the list of the City Duma’s richest members. He became the region’s third parliamentarian who is suspected of ties to Klyuchevskaya crime group.

Klyuchevskaya crime group was founded in early 1990s by a secretary of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League of a Chita-based Mashzavod factory Konstantin Klyuchevskoy (aka Klyuchik). The gang dealt with armed assaults on buses with tourist traders who went to China to buy good. In the boom years of its ‘career’, the gang controlled the Chita-based Central market, the Northern district-based car market, a spirits producer and other enterprises.

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