"Night governor" of St. Petersburg given 24 years in prison
Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin has been found guilty of creating an organized criminal community.
Kuybyshevsky District Court of St. Petersburg announced a verdict against crime boss Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin. Judge Artem Korolev sentenced him to 24 years in prison on charges of creating Tambovskaya crime group.
Taking into account the previously imposed punishments of 23 years in prison, the prosecutor's office asked for a punishment of 24.5 years in prison for Barsukov.
The once influential "night governor" of St. Petersburg had not previously pleaded guilty.
Businessman Vyacheslav Drokov, who is also named in this case, received 21 years in prison.
During the announcement of the verdict Barsukov did a crossword (Drokov in the foreground)
The court recognized that the defendants as part of an organized group participated in raider seizures of 11 St. Petersburg enterprises, including St. Petersburg Hotel, Sparkling Wines CJSC, Krupskaya Confectionary CJSC, St. Petersburg Oil Terminal, and other well-known companies.
In addition to Barsukov and Drokov, seven other defendants are involved in the case, but later the prosecution against them was terminated due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. In addition, earlier Kuybyshevsky District Court relieved Barsukov of responsibility for several counts in the case against Tambovskaya criminal group. In particular, fraud charges were dropped.
Barsukov was detained in 2007. In 2009, the court sentenced him to 14 years in prison on charges of raiding. 3 years later, he was found guilty of extortion from the owners of Elizarovsky shopping complex and sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment, with the unserved term in the first case taken into account.
As always, increased security measures were taken during the trial of Barsukov.
In the spring of 2013, the trial in the case of assassination attempt on Sergey Vasilyev, co-owner of St. Petersburg Oil Terminal, began. In 2014, on the basis of the acquittal of the jury, Kumarin and the two other defendants were found not guilty. However, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the proposal of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation overturned the sentence of St. Petersburg City Court, which acquitted Kumarin's group and returned the case to the same court for a new consideration. In 2016, he was convicted of the assassination attempt on Vasilyev by the decision of St. Petersburg court and sentenced to 23 years in prison, which the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld.
Barsukov himself is confident that the law enforcement system will not allow him to ever come out of prison.
It is believed that the native of the Tambov region began to gather his brigade in the late 80s after he was released from prison on charges of storing ammunition and using fake documents. He was also known in St. Petersburg as a businessman, in the late 1990s - early 2000s he served as Vice President of the St. Petersburg Fuel Company. Shortly before his arrest, he worked as an assistant to the State Duma deputy, in the past, formerly famous journalist Alexander Nevzorov.