Gagiev’s gang in-house lawyer goes on trial for gang affiliation
Bribery article is no longer in the final charges against the former Deputy Head of the North Ossetia Investigative Committee.
The North Caucasus Investigative Committee has completed a criminal investigation of the case regarding Arkady Gabalov, a member of Aslan Gagiev (Dzhako)’s gang. The final charges against him were made under part 2 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code (Creation of a Criminal Community and Participation Therein). The case will be considered in the Moscow Presnensky District Court.
Investigators believe Gabalov joined Aslan Gagiev in 2010. He was the gang’s in-house lawyer and lobbied its interests in the security bodies. For instance, he was in charge of law enforcement bodies of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Moscow and the Moscow region, contributed to the release of fellow gangsters from custody by bribing police officers.
Initially, he was charged under part 5 of Art. 291 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale). However, during the investigation, Gabalov made a plea agreement, which helped disclosing other serious crimes, one of them being this summer’s arrest of Vadim Shavlokhov, the Head of the operations and search division 4 of the MIA Criminal Investigation Directorate in the Moscow Region.
We should remind you, that Gabalov has worked for years in the North Ossetia Prosecutor's Office before joining the Investigative Committee of Russia as the Deputy Head. He contributed to the investigation of Beslan and Vladikavkaz terrorist attacks. He also joined his colleagues in attempts to unveil a series of murders, when in 2008 someone killed Mark Metsaev, the Head of the regional MIA Department of Organized Crime Control, Vitaly Cheldiev, the Head of the MIA Criminal Investigation Department, the Vladikavkaz Mayor Vitaly Karaev and the Deputy Prime Minister of North Ossetia Kazbek Pagiev with his chauffeur Vladimir Gasiev. Investigators believe that all of these murders are linked to Aslan Gagiev’s gang. It was during the investigation that Gabalov became friends with Dzhako, resigned from the bodies and affiliated with criminals.
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