Prosecution requested 25 years' imprisonment for killer Chelentano

Prosecution requested 25 years' imprisonment for killer Chelentano
Anatoly Radchenko

The team of killers of Anatoly Radchenko was part of a criminal group of Alexander Trunov and was engaged in the elimination of businesspeople and crime bosses.

Hearing of arguments in a case of the killer gang leader Anatoly Radchenko, also known as Chelentano, began in Novosibirsk Regional Court, Kommersant reports. The case is considered in camera. According to the prosecutor of the department for supervision of the operational-investigative and procedural activities of the Siberian Department of the Prosecutor General's of the Russian Federation, Alexey Kulikov, the prosecution requested for Radchenko 25 years in prison for Participation in a criminal community (Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), Banditry (Art. 209 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), Murder (Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), Attempted Murder (Art. 30 and Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and Illegal Arms Trafficking (Art. 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to the prosecutor's office, Chelentano should serve the first 10 years of his term in prison, and the remaining years - in a colony of strict regime. They also asked to fine Radchenko 2.5 million rubles ($38.3 thousand).

According to investigators, the team of Radchenko's killers was part of the gang of Alexander Trunov, also known as Trun. The community operated in Novosibirsk for more than 10 years, had an arsenal of 40 trunks (including 12 Kalashnikov assault rifles) and equipment for wiretapping. Killers trained at one of the military grounds. The investigators believe that from 1997 to 2009, the killers killed four criminal bosses and businesspeople, and also committed three unsuccessful assassination attempts. In particular, crime lords Mikhail Nagibov (Lyaka), Nikolay Akenshin (Kesha) and the head of the security service of one of the factories Alexey Dubeev were killed. In 2000, Radchenko's gang accidentally killed Bagrad Gelashvili, who was taken for thief in law Mamuka.

In 2009–2010, law enforcement officers arrested Trunov and about 15 more members of his criminal group. Radchenko then managed to escape. Novosibirsk Railway Court arrested the killer in absentia, after which he was put on the international wanted list. He was hiding in the German city of Kassel. In Germany, Chelentano recorded several video appeals in which he called the case concocted and a frame-up. In 2012, Radchenko moved to Austria, where he lived under the name of Yan Seidl.

While Chelentano was hiding, Trunov was sentenced to 22 years. Some more members of his gang received long terms. In-house killers of the gang Dmitry Buol, Sergey Kamarnitsky, Andrey Ivanov and Vitaly Zaytsev received terms ranging from 17 to 20 years' imprisonment.

In February 2014, Radchenko was detained in Vienna by the Austrian special forces Cobra. He spent almost a year and a half in the local prison awaiting extradition.

After extradition, Chelentano was charged under almost 10 articles of the Criminal Code. Radchenko rejects all of them, arguing that Trunov's criminal community did not exist at all, and only joint business projects connected him with his alleged leader. According to the alleged killer, the charges are based on the conflicting testimony of his and Trunov's former business partners, who deceived the investigation and falsified the facts in order to snatch control of their business (commercial real estate construction and retail). Radchenko also claimed that he had gone abroad for fear of his life.

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