Moscow police’s OCG mopping-up operation

Moscow police’s OCG mopping-up operation
Oleg Baranov, the Police Major General

A behind-closed-doors meeting of heads of police departments and the National Guard commanders was held on 38 Petrovka Street, during which General Baranov ordered to start an operation to eliminate organized criminal groups in Moscow.

Chief of Moscow MIA Main Administration Oleg Baranov ordered heads of subdivisions to do a ‘mopping up’ of organized crime groups in Moscow by autumn 2017.

According to Life citing an informed source in law enforcement bodies, the operation to eliminate the Moscow criminal community will involve the entire operational staff of Moscow MIA Main Administration together with the National Guard of Russia’s special forces.

The directive was announced during a behind-closed-doors meeting on 38 Petrovka Street, attended by the management of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department, chiefs of Operational Search Department, heads of the National Guard divisions, and representatives of various MIA departments.

Speaking at the meeting, Baranov noted that the overall level of crime due to the reduction of the number of rapes, deliberate infliction of serious harm to health, murders, thefts, robberies, armed robberies, and car thefts had decreased by 10.9%.

However, in the meantime there is another dangerous tendency. According to Baranov, сriminal elements are beginning to huddle up in organized crime groups, the same way as in the 90’s. The general cited the shortcomings of the former MIA Main Administration leadership, the release of former OCG members, the large number of migrants and ethnic groups in the Russian capital, and the generally difficult economic situation in Russia, which accompanies the migration of criminals from the regions to Moscow, as the reason.

The general believes that to further reduce the level of crime, it is necessary to conduct a massive attack on the criminal elements. In particular, he noted the danger of gangs attacking cash collectors and shops, performing illegal seizures, and engaged in telephone fraud.

The publication’s source noted that all the necessary measures will be implemented to establish the seriality of the crimes committed by OCGs for their subsequent qualification under the articles ‘Banditry’ and ‘Organization of a criminal community’ as part of the ‘mopping-up’.

Meanwhile, according to a source from the MIA central office, the fight against organized criminal groups is complicated by the lack of specialized structures to combat organized crime in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Whereas Head of the National Anti-Corruption Committee (NAC) Kirill Kabanov believes that the growth of ethnic criminality, banditry, and armed robbery is associated with the economic recession. The NAC head sees the corruption component as the main difficulty in the fight against organized crime groups in Moscow, referring to the close contacts of criminal groups leaders with representatives of government and law enforcement agencies, who often provide them with support and patronage.

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