Members of Kazan OCG Mebelka sentenced from 9 to 22 years in strict penal colony
The Tatarstan Supreme Court delivered a verdict in the criminal case of the Kazan OCG Mebelka's members - its founder Ildar Burganov (Burgan) and his associates Viktor Trifonov, Alexander Nikitin and Oleg Tikhonov.
Depending on the role of each OCG members were found guilty of involvement in murders and arms trafficking, Kommersant reported.
According to the investigation, all the criminal counts refer to the beginning of the 2000s, although, Mebelka OCG is one of the oldest groups of Kazan, which appeared in the early 1980s (currently, all defendants are 50-52 years old).
In the 1990s, the OCG, which borrowed its name from the furniture store on the controlled territory, engaged in protection racket of local commercial structures. On the basis of the distribution of profits, including Legprombank's activities, several murders (and several failed attempts) on entrepreneurs and members of rival organized crime groups were organized and committed.
According to the verdict, leader of the gang Burganov received 19 years in the strict regime penal colony, Tikhonov and Trifonov - 9 years. Alexander Nikitin was sentenced to 22 years in the strict regime penal colony.
The Prosecutor's Office of Tatarstan said that defendants did not plead guilty. Prisoners have the right to appeal the sentence.
Attorney Dmitry Yakubovskiy got his nickname (General Dima) in the 1990s, when at age 28 he nearly became a General. Then he led the commission of the USSR Ministry of Defense in the Western Group of Forces in Germany. As a lawyer, he defended the interests of Solntsevskaya gang entrepreneurs Sergey Mikhailov (Mikhas) and Arnold Tamm (Spivakovsky), and today he is considered one of the richest people in Switzerland with a fortune of about $1 billion.