Investigator on Beslan terrorist act headed legal department of Aslan Gagiev’s gang
Investigation believes its former colleague Arkady Gabalov used to be a regular lawyer of the crime group and lobbied the latter’s interests in security forces.
Another rogue cop has appeared in the case of Aslan Gagiev’s (Dzhako) savage crime group. Kommersant has learned that the former Deputy Head of the Investigations Directorate in the North Ossetia Investigation Committee of the Russian Prosecutor's Office Arkady Gabalov used to be part of the gang. According to the news agency, the ICR Main Investigations Directorate for the North-Caucasian Federal District has recently completed the investigation in respect of Gabalov, known in small circles as Galstuk. He is accused of Participation in a Criminal Community (part 2 of Art. 210 of the Russian Criminal Code) and Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (part 5 of Art. 291). The defendant had previously filed a plea bargain with investigation, resulting in solving of other serious crimes, including arrest of the Head of the 4th Operations and Search Division of the Criminal Investigations Directorate of the MIA General Administration in Moscow region Vadim Shavlokhov this summer.
Gabalov worked in the North Ossetian Prosecutor's Office for many years; after the creation of the Investigation Committee of the Prosecutor's Office (now known as ICR), he transferred from the supervisory authority, becoming the Deputy Chief of the republican investigative agency. Throughout his service, Gabalov would participate in investigation of many high-profile crimes in the republic. This includes terrorist attacks in Beslan and the Vladikavkaz central market. In addition, he and his colleagues were investigating a series of murders committed in 2008 in the capital of North Ossetia. Let us recall that the victims were the Head of the Regional MIA’s Department for Organized Crime Control Mark Metsaev, the Head of the Republican MIA’s Criminal Investigations Department Vitaly Cheldiev, the Vladikavkaz Mayor Vitaly Karaev and the Deputy Prime Minister of the North Ossetia Kazbek Pagiev and his driver Vladimir Gasiev. Investigation believes all these murders involve members of Aslan Gagiev's organized crime group.
According to investigation, Gabalov got acquainted with Gagiev during investigation of the aforementioned cases. Shortly after that fateful meeting, the investigator resigned from the agency and became the leader of Dzhako OCG’s so-called group of lawyers.
As Kommersant’s sources reported, millions of dollars would be allocated with a view of blowing up the criminal cases initiated against members of Gagiev’s gang. Moreover, the group’s leader had a plan to insert his men into the republic's highest echelons of power. In particular, Arkady Gabalov himself ended up in the Directorate of the Federal Migration Service of Russia for the North Ossetia in 2013, where he was to become deputy head of the Department and curate the immigration control. However, he was not able to commence his work due to the arrests of the gang members. The rest of them moved either abroad or to the Moscow suburbs. Gabalov’s second case is related to this fact; after giving a bribe of 100 thousand dollars to the Police Colonel Vadim Shavlokhov, the latter disclosed to Gabalov information about Gagiev’s criminal community. Nevertheless, five active members of the OCC, including those internationally searched, were detained in 2014 in the Odintsovo district of the Moscow region.
Shavlokhov himself denies transferring service information to Gabalov, but admits he had had a meeting. His lawyers note that Shavlokhov was working in the Criminal Investigations Department combatting drug trafficking, therefore he could not have access to documents that could be of interest to OCC members. Now Gabalov, who has voluntarily reported the bribery, should avoid criminal liability under this article.
The CrimeRussia had earlier conducted a large-scale investigation into the activities of Aslan Gagiev’s gang. The series of materials on the crime group included criminal case materials, which had not been published before, disclosing the names of OCC members, the gang structure, and describing the crimes allegedly committed by Aslan Gagiev and his henchmen. It should be noted that at court hearings the crime community members, who had already been sentenced to long prison terms, confessed they worked as hitmen and pointed to Aslan Gagiev as being their boss. As for the leader of the savage crime group, he had been arrested in early 2015 in Austria, but has not yet been extradited to Russia.
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