Gang of extorters under guise of collectors who sent funeral wreaths to debtors detained in Novosibirsk
Some of the ‘collectors’ have reportedly had prior records.
Novosibirsk Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Rosgvardia representatives have detained 4 extorters who operated under the guise of a debt collection agency, reports the media office of Russia’s MIA. The detainees are aged between 24 and 39 with some of them having prior records.
The gang operated extremely cruelly: they threatened debtors with violence, broke windows of their apartments and vehicles; one of the victims was taken to the forest and threatened with death. They threatened to throw acid at an ex-spouse of one of the debtors; another case was when they threatened a woman to spread derogatory information at her job. After one of the debtors received threats, he had to sell his apartment to return 950 thousand rubles ($14.3 thousand). Moreover, the ‘collectors’ sent funeral wreaths to debtors.
Binocular, knives, respiratory masks, and a base unit with an autoredial software installed were found at the collectors’ ‘office’. They were searching for clients by spreading visiting cards bearing the legend “Will help to return your debt.” The visiting cards were also seized during the search.
Criminal cases have been initiated under item 2 of article 163 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Extortion). 3 suspects have been arrested, another one released with a personal recognizance to appear.
Deposit Insurance Agency and ‘criminal duo’ of its First Deputy General Director Miroshnikov and colonel–billionaire Cherkalin
Valery Miroshnikov, First Deputy General Director of the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA), has fled Russia and intends to resign. Experts explain his escape by the arrest of FSB colonel Kirill Cherkalin charged with swindling amounting to 12 billion rubles ($191.4 million); Miroshnikov and Cherkalin had close ties. In addition, the high-ranked insurer was a friend of fugitive FSB general Viktor Voronin – who had assisted to late banker Vladimir Kogan in the resolution of Bank UralSib and then relocated to Israel. The CrimeRussia reviewed operations of the ‘unsinkable’ Deposit Insurance Agency and its top manager Valery Miroshnikov – as well as his extensive connections actively used in the course of liquidation of Russian banks. The main question is: why is the Central Bank of Russia turning a blind eye to suspicious actions of the DIA?