Perm crime boss Kostroma convicted of extortion
The gangster and his henchmen demanded 600 thousand rubles ($9.1 thousand) from a local businessperson.
Chaykovsky court has passed a sentence on local criminal lord nicknamed Kostroma, 59, and his henchmen. In total, four members of the gang were on trial, they were found guilty of extortion.
As the court established, in May last year, Kostroma and three of his accomplices came to the office of a businessman, got him in the car under the pretext of conversation and brought him to a garage, where they demanded 600,000 rubles ($9.1 thousand) from the man using threats and beatings.
The gangsters explained that the entrepreneur would have to pay them a debt of 300 thousand rubles, which he owed to a friend, and add the same amount on top, for “worrying.” The businessman agreed and asked the criminals for time to collect the required amount. The entrepreneur was given a day.
The next visit of law enforcement officers to the office of the entrepreneur was already under the control of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for Perm Kray together with the investigators with the power support of Rosgvardia soldiers. Siloviki detained the extortionists. Their places of residence and cars were searched, weapons and ammunition to them, as well as debt receipts were seized.
The court found the men guilty of extortion and sentenced two of them to terms from 2 to 2.5 years in a general regime colony, one defendant was given 2 years in a strict regime colony, another accomplice - 2 years's suspended sentence. Each of them must pay a fine of 50 thousand rubles ($764.1 thousand).