Odintsovo: companies of Orekhovskaya OCG’s high-ranking member accused of 20-year-old assassination are closing 

Odintsovo: companies of Orekhovskaya OCG’s high-ranking member accused of 20-year-old assassination are closing
Sergey Vyalkov

The police arrested businessman Sergey Vyalkov in January 2018. He is suspected of violation of article 317 (attempted assassination of a police officer) of the Criminal Code and faces up to 20 years in prison. Sergey Butorin aka Osya, the leader of the Orekhovo-Medvedkovskaya OCG who was sentenced to life in prison, testified against Vyalkov.

In early March, the Basmanny District Court of Moscow extended Vyalkov's arrest for two months. Vyalkov is suspected of involvement in the 1998 attempted assassination of Nikolay Petrov, the then deputy head of the Gang Violence Department of the Central District Directorate of Internal Affairs.

A number of Vyalkov's businesses have been closing in the Odintsovo district, Business-Odintsovo reported.

For example, Dilizhans, the oldest Odintsovo restaurant, closes on July 1. The restaurant has been popular with well-to-do people for years.

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SVOYA, another restaurant for well-do-to people, also known as Svoya Konditerskaya, is also about to close, Business-Odintsovo reported. 

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Vyalkov's chain confectionery shop will only work on previously placed orders and will not take new ones starting July 21, according to its official website.

Vyalkov's Odintsovo confectionery shop chain

Vyalkov's Odintsovo confectionery shop chain

Moreover, Svoy Knizhny, a café next to a bookshop, closed on June 20. The bookstore is still in business.

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SV Dance&Fit, Vyalkov's dance studio that used to be located at Dilizhans, moved to the SV-Fitness GYM. The GYM is not closing, yet it restricted the number of people who can attend it during the summer. It is reportedly due to a pool repair. The GYM clients can suspend their season passes for the duration of the repair.

Business-Odintsovo did not directly say the GYM restricting access was due Vyalkov's arrest but implied it. Vyalkov pleaded not guilty. His attorney is going to appeal investigators' conclusion.

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The attempted assassination occurred on December 3, 1998. Two hitmen opened fire at Petrov near the Sviblovo metro station. The attackers aimed for the head but missed; one bullet scratched Petrov's head, but he survived.

Pertov retired and does not work for law enforcement agencies anymore. The attempted assassination was solved the same year. The police arrested the Grigoryan brothers, the hitmen and merchants from the Novokosino wholesale market. They said they did not know who Petrov was and that Arsavit Manukyan, their fellow countryman from Armenia, paid them $10 thousand. The hitmen only learned their victim was a high-ranking police officer the next day from the news. Manukyan was put on the wanted list. However, news of his arrest has never been reported.

Vyalkov was suspected of involvement in the attempted assassination 19 years after the fact. Sergey Butorin aka Osya, the leader of the Orekhovo-Medvedkovskaya gang who was sentenced to life in prison, testified against Vyalkov. He refused to provide details.

Vyalkov was known to be a high-ranking member of the gang, as The CrimeRussia reported earlier. 53-year-old Vyalkov has run a lot of businesses in recent years. He and his family reportedly own the Avtomoll market, the Pravilny Gorod Holding Company, and 20 other companies. Prior to his arrest, Vyalkov was an avid social activist. He was a member of the Odintsovo Public Council, the head of the Fund for Support of United Russia Political Party, and a member of the United Russia Odintsovo District Political Council.

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