Police find cache of Zakonovskie gang responsible for Vladimir Vinokurov’s murder
The cache was found after the group leader had been arrested.
The Investigative Committee of Russia and the Federal Security Service came across a cache of military weapons in the Volzhsky district of the Samara region while investigating the murder of the businessman Vladimir Vinokurov and the attempted murder of the businessman Vladimir Izumrudov.
They found RPG-18 antitank grenades, a RPO-A Shmel, ammunition to a VOG grenade launcher, lighting missiles, signal mines, 4 kg of plastid, at least 1.000 cartridges, industrial electric detonators, an explosive device activator as well as other lethal weapons, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported. The cache was found after the Zakonovskie leader and his accomplices had been arrested. The mobsters also had a combat weapons dump, but not as large as the newly found one.
The weapon is being examined at the moment. A criminal case will be opened under Art. 222 of the Russian Criminal Code, Illegal Bearing of Firearms.
In 2014, the Zakonovskie killed Vadim Vinokurov, a 42-year-old businessman. It happened on the bank of the Tatyanka River late on May 28 in a boat moored at the berth of Akvatoriya yacht club, Samara’s Kuibyshevsky district. Two members of the gang drove up to the ship in a hydrocycle and one of them fired an automatic weapon at him. At least 22 injuries were found on Vinokourov's body later. The weapon was never found.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).