Prokopovskie case: Mother of murdered criminal group leader demanded 3 million rubles in court
The trial of Mikhail Prokopiev, the leader of infamous ‘Prokopovskie’ organized crime group that operated back in the 1990s, continues in Kirov. He is charged with murder of eight people and creation of a criminal group.
Tatiana Savchenko, mother of businessman Evgeny Elkin murdered by the gang, addressed the court at the last hearing and asked to attach to the case her claim for recovery of moral damages from the defendant in the amount of 3 million rubles.
Savchenko explained her demand by the stress and moral suffering she has sustained. When the defense for Prokopiev asked how the compensation amount was calculated, Savchenko responded that “human life is more expensive”.
The court agreed to attach the claim to the main case – despite a protest from the defense stating that the claim has no legal grounds.
The CrimeRussia had already reported strong links that existed between the murdered businessman Evgeny Elkin and the criminal world. A testimony of Krivoshein a.k.a. Krivoy (Crooked), a former gang member, has been read at one of the court sessions and directly stated that.
According to Krivoshein, Evgeny Elkin, shot to death in 1998, used to be the leader of another criminal group robbing product warehouses and, being a potential threat to Prokopiev, was eliminated.
The next court hearing is scheduled to July 26, 2016. Gang leader Mikhail Prokopiev is facing life imprisonment for the totality of the crimes commited.
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