ICR explains senseless murders of GTA gang by mistakes of its informers
For a long time, the investigators have been perplexed by the inconsistency of the brutality of the gang’s crimes to the fact that the victims were not robbed.
The “GTA gang” planned its crimes on a tip-off by informants from among labor migrants. The senseless cruelty of some murders, after which the victims have not been robbed, is explained by the errors of the informers. This is stated in the film about the investigation of the gang’s crimes that the ICR published on Youtube.
Senior Investigator-Criminalist of ICR Roman Givel said that for a long time the investigators have been perplexed by the inconsistency of the brutality of the gang’s crimes to the fact that the victims were not robbed. According to Givel, in half of the criminal episodes, the perpetrators either did not steal anything from the victims or took small amounts of money or phones which were then not used.
As an example of such a meaningless crime, the episode with the murder in a makeshift barrack at the station Losinoostrovskaya in Moscow is provided. After the arrest of the criminals, it turned out that they wanted to steal a bag where the workers' wages allegedly were kept but it turned out that there was only a dirty sports uniform.
The ICR established the identity of the leader and all members of the gang only after the scattered crimes were combined in one proceedings and analyzed together. According to Givel, it was possible to do this within two months.
Combining the various attacks in one case was possible due to the fact that the criminals were killing at night on the Moscow highway and for their attacks used combat pistols converted from pneumatic and traumatic. To identify the car of the gang leader, seven investigators carefully studied the recordings from the cameras on the highways where the attacks took place. Later, the investigation also found the other participants.
According to the ICR, the financial base for the gang was 17 million rubles ($264000) taken as a result of the assault on the car of Chinese entrepreneurs in September 2012. Some of the money the criminals left for themselves and some amount was used to buy cars and tools to remodel weapons.
On August 9, the Moscow Regional Court sentenced four members of the gang to life terms. The trial lasted about two years. The criminals were charged with 14 attacks which killed 17 people and injured seven. The gang was detained in November 2014. Its alleged leader, Ibaydullo Subkhanov, was killed during the detention.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.