Former member of Vakhitovskie gang made money on Eurovision
Aibulat Sabirzyanov stole 3.6 million rubles ($51.3 thousand) belonging to a Tatarstan resident.
The Supreme Court in Tatarstan rejected the appeal of Aibulat Sabirzyanov related to the sentence of Nizhnekamsk City Court that had found him guilty of Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
This is Sabirzyanov’s second conviction. Earlier, he was sentenced for crimes committed as part of the Nizhnekamsk gang Vakhitovskie. In particular, he was found guilty of extortion, abductions, robbery, and illicit arms trafficking. As for the first three of these articles, Sabirzyanov received a remission of the sentence because the statute of limitation expired. As for the last article, he served four years in a general-regime facility.
According to a new sentence, in early 2009, Sabirzyanov who then lived in Moscow met their mutual friend through his wife and invited her to take part in the construction of the Eurovision-2009 venue. He convinced the victim that construction company had won the appropriate contract and the woman may expect an extraordinarily high dividend - in case of investment. She took Sabirzyanov at his word because earlier he borrowed money from her and always gave back. The woman gave him 3.6 million rubles ($51.3 thousand), however, there was no dividend and repayment of debt. She reported the fact to the police.
In fact, according to witnesses in the case, Sabirzyanov invested the money at interest rates to a company owned by a certain man nicknamed Petrovich. In a City Court judgment, Sabirzyanov was sentenced to an additional 5.5 years’ deprivation of liberty, to be served in a strict regime correctional colony.
The former gang member pleaded not guilty. Sabirzyanov contends that there were only civil legal relations between him and the victim.
It should be added that the Vakhitovskie gang was launched in the city of Nizhnekamsk round about 1992. Its name refers to the city avenue - Vakhitov - where its most members lived. The gang’s members protected local businessmen. If one refused to pay tributes, he was abducted and tortured. In the 1990s, the Vakhitovskie gang tried to dominate the criminal world in the city and eliminated their competitors ruthlessly. In the spring of 2002, they eliminated Karpukha, a leader of Tatary - one of the most influential organized crime groups in the city.
In 2004, the gang broke up. After that, Sabirzyanov went into business.