Hitman from Penya’s organized crime group sentenced to 13 years in penal colony for attempted murder of ex-deputy Zavyalov

Hitman from Penya’s organized crime group sentenced to 13 years in penal colony for attempted murder of ex-deputy Zavyalov
Mikhail Zavyalov

Motives behind the targeted assassination could be the testimony of the former delegate of the regional Assembly of Deputies, Mikhail Zavyalov, in the case of “Solombalskie” organized crime group, led by his fellow deputy Aleksey Peunkov (Penya).

The Lomonosov District Court of Arkhangelsk sentenced the hitman Vasiliy Savichev to thirteen years in a maximum security penal colony for the attempted murder of the former delegate of the regional Assembly of Deputies entrepreneur Mikhail Zavyalov.

According to the investigators, a 25-year-old hitman, who represented the power unit of Aleksey Peunkov’s organized crime group, attempted to kill Mikhail Zavyalov in March 2015. He fired two shots from a sawed-off hunting rifle at the victim, who was sitting behind the wheel of his car.

“The Court found him guilty of attempted murder for hire (Part 3 of Art. 30, Part 2 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation),” reported the press-service of Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee Department for the Arkhangelsk Region and the Nenets Autonomous District.

In addition to the jail time, 1 million rubles was recovered from the hitman as a compensation for moral injury in favor of the ex-deputy and entrepreneur.

As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, March 30, 2015 an unknown person tried to kill a member of Penya’s organized crime group, namely, the businessman and Deputy of the regional Assembly of Deputies Mikhail Zavyalov. The hitman shot him several times in the yard of the house at Novgorodsky Prospekt, 35. Zavyalov, who was severely wounded, was hospitalized in the first city hospital. Due to the timely provision of medical assistance, the Deputy had survived, but has to undergo treatment in a health facility down to the present.

The regional Prosecutor’s Office revealed that Savichev was promised a reward of 500 thousand rubles for Zavyalov’s murder. He did not admit his guilt during interrogation.

The regional Investigative Committee, Federal Security Service and the Administration of the MIA continue to identify the individuals responsible for the attempted murder. The criminal case against the latter was severed.

It should be noted that in 2013 the investigative authorities initiated a criminal case against Zavyalov himself, as he was suspected of having participated in Solombalskie organized crime group. Later, after the respective testimony against Peunkov, the Deputy made a deal with the investigation and was released from the detention center on bail. Currently, Zavyalov is the main witness in the criminal case against Peunkov’s organized crime group.

As to Aleksey Peunkov, also known as Penya, December 2014 the Arkhangelsk Regional Court sentenced him to twenty-three years of imprisonment, serving the first five years in prison, and the rest in a maximum security penal colony.

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