Member of Tyumen-based ‘FSB gang’ of killers avoids life in prison

Member of Tyumen-based ‘FSB gang’ of killers avoids life in prison
One of the gang’s member Aleksander Kobylin

The prosecution has replaced life sentence for Lieutenant of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Aleksey Korotkov with 24 years behind bars in exchange for his support to the investigation: in particular, exposure of other gang’s members who had been dealing with murders of businessmen and random people for more than 10 years.

The prosecution has asked for 24 years for a member of a Tyumen-based organized crime group FSB gang Aleksey Korotkov instead of life in prison, due to the fact that he pleaded guilty and helped to expose other gang’s members, reports Znak.com. The prosecution has also requested that Korotkov pay a 500 thousand rubles ($7.5 thousand) fine and be deprived of his Lieutenant rank.

Korotkov’s lawyer highlighted extenuating, in his opinion, circumstances: when the Lieutenant was detained, he was accused of only one instance of a crime committed by the gang. He told about his other crimes during the questioning; and more importantly, he exposed other gang’s members. The lawyer also reminded that at the time of arrest, criminal cases related to extremely serious crimes had already been closed because of the statute of limitations; and it was Korotkov who helped the investigation to solve the case.

The hearing on the FSB gang case were commenced at Ural regional military court in Yekaterinburg on December 12. At the present time, there’s only one gang’s member on the wrong side of the bar - Aleksey Korotkov. Other gang’s members are either awaiting trial, or remain fugitives, or died in the remand prison. Korotkov is accused of involving in 7 murders and 13 extremely serious crimes.

The investigation theory is that the FSB gang included Korotkov, a warrant officer of the Federal Security Service Evgeny Gladkikh, a sambo coach Aleksander Kobylin, and an unemployed Sergey Sinyakov. The gang had been dealing with murders of businessmen and random people for more than 10 years. There were contract murders, among others. The gang’s members are accused of murder (article 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), robbery (article 162), hooliganism (article 213), and abduction (article 126). Among other defendants in the case were Captain of the Federal Security Service Vladimir Gilev and a citizen of Tyumen Sergey Zozulya who had earlier been an officer of Russia’ MIA.

After the gang was exposed, responsible executives of the Tyumen-based regional office of the Federal Security Service - including its head General Vadim Pyatiletov - were fired.

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