General Procurator’s Office tells about gangland wars in 3 regions in Russia with 40 victims
Members of the Roslavsko-Dubrovskaya crime group are accused under 7 articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
Moscow Regional Military Court has started considering a criminal case related to members of the Roslavsko-Dubrovskaya crime group. They are accused of a series of murders during the gangland war in Bryansk, Smolensk and Kaluga regions.
The gang’s leader Igor Galantsev and his allies Gennady Baronov, Sergey Novgorodov, Igor Semenov, Pyotr Turlaev, Oleg Tereshin, and Andrey Gurov are accused of building a criminal community and participation therein, banditism, murders, illicit possession of weapons, infringement on life of a law enforcement officer, intended infliction of grievous bodily harm, and hooliganism (articles 210, 209, 105, 222, 317, 111 and 213 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
Representative of the General Procurator’s Office Boris Loktionov told Kommersant that Galantsev was the head of the gang from 2000 till 2004. Then, the gang joined another group headed by an ‘authority’ Nikolay Emelianov who is abroad right now. According to the investigation, there’s a total of 3 gangs in the criminal community.
According to some reports, there were about 40 victims of the gangland wars in 3 regions in Russia. However, the case that is being considered by Moscow Regional Military Court has only 6 murders - including murders of Bryansk authorities Andrey Solukov, Viktor Magomedov, and Aleksander Bogdanov (aka Basist) who were shot in early 2000s. Moreover, in 2007, motorcyclist shot an ‘authority’ Andrey Badiya from a submachine weapon near Bezhitsky district court. According to the Investigative Committee of Russia, other members of the criminal community subsequently eliminated these crimes’ perpetrators. Besides that, one of the criminal community’s members Pyotr Turlaev caused debilitating injury to a police officer during the detention.
In 2015, the gang’s members were justified by Moscow Regional Military Court jurymen. However, later, the sentence was overturned by the Supreme court; and the case was joined with cases of other gang’s members who were detained later than others. General Procurator’s Office contacted the Supreme court once again. It was concluded that the jurymen had been placed pressure upon. The lawyers had allegedly built up a negative image of law-enforcement officers in the eyes of the judges by stating the officers had offered the accused to “confess of at least something” and turn their allies in.
The defendants in the case plead not guilty. Their lawyers are trying to convince the judges the defendants had not taken part in the crime wars.
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