Member of Gagiev's gang to stand trial for participating in 10 murders

Member of Gagiev's gang to stand trial for participating in 10 murders
Aslan Gagiev

Staikhevich is accused of complicity in killing over 10 people in the Moscow region.

A criminal case against one of the active participants of Aslan Gagiev's (Dzhako) notorious gang has been referred to the Moscow City Court for consideration on the merits.

As reported by the Investigative Committee of Russia, member of Gagiev's organized crime community (OCC) Aleksandr Staikhevich has been charged with murder, kidnapping, and banditry.

According to investigation, Staikhevich joined the OCC, created by Aslan Gagiev in Moscow, the Moscow Region and the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, in 2004.

The ICR notes that Staikhevich involved in a number of bloody crimes committed by members of the gang. In 2004, he was among Gagiev's security forces who murdered the owner of Natsionalny Kapital (National Capital) bank Dmitry Plytnik; in 2005, together with accomplices, he committed the murder of banker Aleksandr Slesarev and Vera Kartashova's family members in the Moscow region, and Oleg Novoselsky in Moscow.

In addition, the ICR stresses that in the period from 2006 to 2009, Gagiev's criminals killed eight other people in the capital and its suburbs with the participation of Staikhevich.

The ICR Main Investigations Directorate in the North Caucasian Federal District has completed investigating the case of Staikhevich; investigation has collected an extensive evidence base, and the indictment has been signed.

Let us recall that in early November, a high-profile criminal case of the former senior officers of Bulat Special Purpose Mobile Units Colonel Andrey Sankin and the Lieutenant Colonel Viktor Pronin, who had been kidnapping people for Dzhako's gang for several years, was removed to the court.

Another Lieutenant Colonel, Yashkin, is also under investigation, however, the medical expertise has found him mentally deranged. It is not known whether his condition has deteriorated due to an old concussion, received in Chechnya, or due to 20 murders committed by Gagiev's gang, in which he had participated as a driver.

Aslan Gagiev is the founder of one of the bloodiest crime groups in Russia in the period from 2005 to 2010. Gagiev was arrested in January 2015 in Austria, where he is currently awaiting a decision on extradition to Russia. Part of the members of Gagiev's gang was eliminated during arrest, the other is awaiting trial in Russia. Several members of the organized crime group are on the wanted list.

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