Federal TV reports about OCG controlling Ingushetia

Federal TV reports about OCG controlling Ingushetia
Musa Keligov (on the left) at a meeting with Vladimir Putin in 2002.

Mafia bosses provide protection to a network of illegal gas stations and other types of businesses.

Business in Ingushetia came under the control of the leaders of an organized criminal group, law enforcement officers told in an interview with a reporter of the Russia-24 TV channel. According to them, the criminals provide protection for shopping centers, pharmacy and gas station networks, as well as oil business.

“Members of the criminal structures of the region steal millions on government contracts and cash out budget money through pocket fly-by-night firms,” the report said. 

The story shows a check at one of the gas stations in which the security forces revealed a number of violations. According to the police, many small gas stations do not have licenses, evade taxes, illegally refill household gas cylinders and store fuel in a dangerous way.

In particular, the report refers to the “fuel empire” of former senator and former deputy president of Lukoil-International Musa Keligov, who is called the owner of the Magas Oil network. A number of gas stations are closed due to violations, and Keligov himself is compared with the former senator Rauf Arashukov arrested for gas swindling. 

Keligov drew the state channel’s attention after the protests in Magas. It is him and Isa Khamkhoev, also mentioned in the report, who are considered the organizers of the protest actions. They and the former president of Ingushetia, Murat Zyazikov, are political rivals of the head of the republic, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov.

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