Member of gang led by former head coach of Russia karate team convicted of another car theft
In 2015, the ex-coach created another gang, which also dealt with car theft.
Yuri Komar, a member of the gang created by Georgy Khizhnyakov, the ex-coach of the Russia karate team, has been sentenced to 5.5 years in a penal colony for car hijacking, reports Ura.ru citing the press service of the Tyumen Regional Prosecutor’s Office. Komar was found guilty of theft committed as part of an organized group on a large scale (part 4 of Art. 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and attempted theft (part 3 of Art. 30 and Art. 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
It is reported that in 2009, Khizhnyakov’s gang members, including Komar, were sentenced to various terms for car theft. A part of Komar’s term was replaced with community service, while Khizhnyakov was released in 2012 for health reasons.
In 2015, the ex-coach created another gang, which also dealt with car theft. Komar joined it as well. The man was involved in 11 car thefts with a total value of more than 10.5 million rubles ($164.729). In three of the cases, the theft attempts were unsuccessful.
The activities of the new gang were stopped in early 2018; Yuri Komar was detained in the summer. Leninsky district court sentenced him to 5.5 years in high-security prison. The verdict has not yet entered into force. Khizhnyakov and another accomplice of his are wanted.
The Prosecutor General's Office had earlier accused the Moscow region’s ex-official of exceeding official authority, taking a bribe on an especially large scale, and forgery, and demanded to seize assets worth of 9 billion rubles ($135 million) from him.