Irkutsk region: Gang of arsonists, who killed three criminal leaders, convicted
For more than 10 years, the gang extorted money from entrepreneurs under the threat of an arson.
On March 21, the Irkutsk Regional Court announced a verdict for 16 participants of the criminal group from the city of Zheleznogorsk-Ilimsky, who had been extorting money from local entrepreneurs for more than 10 years threatening them with arson. Interfax reports this with reference to the press service of the court.
The court hearing was held for four days. The leader of the gang Alexander Zakharov and his closest henchman were sentenced to 21 years in prison of a strict regime colony and fined 1 million rubles. Another 10 members of the group were sentenced to 2.5-24 years in a colony. Four defendants received suspended sentences.
The defendants were found guilty of committing more than 40 crimes, including creation of an organized crime group (Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), murder (Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm (Art. 111 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), intentional destruction of property by arson (Art. 167 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and extortion (Art. 163 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
It is noted that the arsonists killed three criminal leaders.
The press service of the Investigative Committee in the Irkutsk region reports that the gang was founded by Alexander Zakharov in 2000. Later, it became and organized criminal group, which included 22 people. In 2003, the gang members killed one of the leaders of the opposing criminal group, and beat one of the local criminals to death for trying to organize a murder of Zakharov.
The gangsters offered protection to local entrepreneurs, and, in case of refusal, they burnt their property. Participants of the organized criminal group also hijacked cars and then returned them for a ransom. The victims for a long time hid the crimes of the group, because they feared reprisals.
Most of the gang members were detained in November 2013. Alexander Zakharov was detained in Novosibirsk, where he was trying to hide from the investigation. In total, 26 persons were involved in the case of the gang of arsonists. The criminal prosecution of seven of them was terminated due to non-rehabilitating circumstances - expiration of statute of limitations. Three more participants of an organized criminal group made a deal with the investigation. They were convicted earlier.