Members of the Prokopovskiye organized criminal group escaped from punishment because of prescription period

Members of the Prokopovskiye organized criminal group escaped from punishment because of prescription period
Andrey Novikov, Vladimir Sitnikov

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation сlosed the case ща gang member Novikov and a keeper of pooled cash fund Sitnikov.

Today the Kirov Regional Court continued a criminal trial of the criminal case against the crime boss Mikhail Prokopyev and members of his gang. For two members of organized crime group - Vladimir Sitnikov and Andrei Novikov - the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in the Kirov region dismissed a case because of an prescription period's expiration. Both were charged under Creation of a Criminal Community (Criminal Organisation) and Participation Therein (Art. 2, Art. 210 of the Criminal Code).

Vladimir Sitnikov played the role of a keeper of so-called pooled cash fund, controlling the replenishment and use of funds. Andrey Novikov, along with other members, provided protection to OPG, representing its interests in congregations with other criminal groups as well as covering local businessmen. In addition, he held responsibility for illicit trafficking and possession of firearms and ammunition.

According to investigators, from 1990 to 2004 the main activity of Prokopovskiye organized criminal group was extorting money from businessmen. In addition, there are 10 murders, 3 murderous assault and illegal possession of weapons and ammunition under criminal group's belt.

It is noteworthy that on the one of trials Prokopiev in conversation with Sitnikov said that the prescription period under this article shall have to expire, because he had left the band in the year 2000.

Mikhail Prokopyev is accused of establishment of organized criminal group, murders of more than two persons by an organized group, illegal possession of weapons and ammunition. He may face up a life sentence. The next court hearing will be held on July 18.

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