Kostya Bolshoy’s gang to be tried for murdering Sergiev Posad mayor and 20 more people 

Kostya Bolshoy’s gang to be tried for murdering Sergiev Posad mayor and 20 more people
Konstantin Piskarev

The high-profile case of Sergiev Posad mayor’s murder marked the beginning of the investigation of a series of crimes committed by Kostya Bolshoy’s OCG.

The ICR Main Investigations Directorate’s Main Directorate for the Investigation of Especially Important Cases has completed the investigation of a criminal case against members of the gang, involved in the murder of the mayor of Sergiev Posad and other particularly serious crimes. This is reported by the press service of the ICR.

Kostya Bolshoy’s gang operated in Moscow and the Moscow region, as well as other regions of the country for 20 years, from 1996 to 2016. The group leader and eight of his accomplices are accused of murders, attempts at murder, kidnapping, banditry, and illegal sale of arms.

OCG leader Konstantin Piskarev aka Kostya Bolshoy, his accomplices Sergey Aleksandrov, Sergey Barabashkin, Yury Berezhnov, Aleksandr Zamyatin, Damir Kapkov, Andrey Stolyarov, as well as Dmitry and Nikolay Yurov will be in the dock for grave crimes.

Depending on the role of each of them, they are charged with crimes stipulated for in part 1 and 2 of Art. 209, item ‘a’ part 3 of Art. 126, item ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘e’, ‘g’, ‘h’, ‘i’ part 2 of Art. 105, part 3 of Art. 30, item ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘g’, ‘h’, ‘i’ part 2 of Art. 105, part 1 and 3 of Art. 222, part 3 of Art. 228.1 of the Russian Criminal Code (Banditry, Attempts at Murder and Murders, Kidnapping, Illegal Sale of Arms, Illegal Purchase, Transfer, Sale, Storage, Transport, and Carrying of Explosives or Explosive Devices).

According to the investigation, in the period from 1996 to 1999, Konstantin Piskarev established the gang for committing murders. At different times, its members included Aleksandr Zamyatin, Denis Zemtsov, Dmitry Lupichev, Dmitry Mishin, Igor Saryan, Andrey Stolyarov, Sergey Bezrukov, Dmitry and Nikolay Yurov, and others.

The gang members committed their first crimes back in the late 90s, however, the police could not identify persons involved. Investigators, officers of the MIA General Administration of Criminal Investigation, and the FSB managed to pick up the gang’s trail in 2016 when solving the murder of Sergiev Posad Head, Yevgeny Dushko.

After that, about 20 criminal cases were consolidated. The gang’s activity was suppressed in 2016 after its members were detained. In the specified period of time, members of the gang killed 21 people (including Yevgeny Dushko) on the territory of Moscow, Moscow region, and other regions of the Russian Federation and committed other grave and especially grave crimes.

Besides Dushko, former deputy minister of justice Vladimir Postyshev, director of a scientific center of legal information Marat Gazizov, and police major Roman Maslov are among the possible victims of the criminals. Besides that, Bolshoy’s gang tried to kill a businesswoman Joyce Mugashe, however she survived.

Kostya Bolshoy’s gang was notable for strict discipline, thorough preparation, attack setup and security. Thanks to that, the gang’s members managed to avoid detention for a long while.

The investigation found that the gang’s members trenched on people who were somehow in conflict with its leader, did not agree with his demands in terms of entrepreneurship activities. According to REN TV with reference to a special investigative agent of the Main Administration of Criminal Search of Russia’s MIA, Piskarev personally killed his business competitors, as well as anyone unwanted. He could kill his driver, he could kill an employee for misbehaviour. There are precedents. He could kill a person he did not agree with, even if it was about domestic issues.

The same happened in a case related to the murder of Yevgeny Dushko. According to the investigation, in 2011, conflict erupted between Piskarev and Dushko; it was related to official activities of a head of an urban locality of Sergiev Posad. As a result, business interests of the gang’s leader could be harmed. Then he decided to do away with Dushko. At the direction of the gang’s leader, one of the gang’s members - Sergey Bezrukov - gathered information on the victim’s schedule, travel patterns, car and place of living. In the morning, on August 22, 2011, the accused - in a car with Bezrukov at the wheel - arrived at Dushko’s place of living in Sergiev Posad. They waited until the head of the urban locality got out of his house and got into his car. Konstantin Piskarev approached and shot him at least 7 times. The victim died at the scene because of the wounds sustained.

In 2017, operatives detained the gang’s members including Piskarev himself. The criminals were arrested by decision of Moscow’s Basmanny court.

Meanwhile, the investigation gathered sufficient evidential base. Due to this fact, the criminal case against nine defendants was forwarded to the Prosecution Service to confirm the letter of accusation. Two gang’s members - Bezrukov and Mishin - are still getting familiar with materials of cases severed from other charges. Igor Saryan is put on an international wanted list. Placement in custody as the measure of restraint is chosen for him in absentia. Two gang’s members - Lupichev and Zemtsov - have already been sentenced to long terms of imprisonment.

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