President of Kuzbass Aikido Federation still on the run, his gang members get sentenced

President of Kuzbass Aikido Federation still on the run, his gang members get sentenced
The athlete has set up a bloody gang Photo: The Crime Russia

The gang operated for 5 years; it is responsible for numerous serious crimes, including a number of high-profile contract killings.

The case materials against 7 locals, two of whom used to be members of the President of Kuzbass Aikido Federation Andrey Sinyukov’s OCG, have been referred to the court, the press service of the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Kemerovo region reports.

According to the investigation, the gang Sinyukov created back in 2010 comprised of his physically fit friends. The gang operated for 5 years, and is accountable for numerous serious crimes, including a number of high-profile contract killings. For example, in 2013, the bandits murdered a local crime lord, whose name is not disclosed. The man was shot dead with a rifle when approaching his house by a car. About 30 shots were fired. The criminals fled the scene.

Sinyukov used to work with customers who ordered people they disliked. The gang leader would receive all necessary data and money from them. The OCG members carefully prepared for each crime – they thought through escape routes, thoroughly studied the route and time of movement of a potential victim and their social circle. After committing the crime, the bandits were picked up by a car at an agreed place. To hide the motives of the crimes, the members of the organized crime group took away the victims’ belongings, which later were thrown out in remote places.

Most of the group's members were detained in May 2015 while preparing for the murder of yet another crime lord. There are 9 victims in total.

Two out of seven defendants are members of the OCG. Based on the contribution by each defendants, they are charged with Participation in an Armed Group (part 2 of Art. 209 of the Russian Criminal Code), Intentional Infliction of a Grave Injury Committed by an Organized Group in Respect of Two or More Persons (items (a and b) part 3 of Art. 111) and which have involved the death of the victim by negligence (part 4 of Art. 111), Attempted Murder of Two or More Persons (part 3 of Art. 30, items (a, g, h), part 2 of Art. 105), Preparation for Murder (items (g and h), part 2 of Art. 105), Murder (items (g and h), part 2 of Art. 105), Extortion Committed by an Organized Group (item (a), part 3 of Art. 163), Theft (item (a), part 4 of Art. 158), as well as Illegal Storage of Weapons and Ammunition (part 3 of Art. 222).

It was previously reported about the indictment of three more members of the group, who agreed to cooperate with the investigation. In March 2017, they were given from 14 to 16 years in a strict-regime colony. The rest of the OCG members refused to cooperate with the investigation. Only the whereabouts of the crime group leader remain unknown. He has been declared internationally wanted.

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