Racketeering and murders left Mamuka Galsky and his gang behind bars
The сriminal will spend 17 years in prison, and members of his group – from 2.5 to 16 years.
The Altai Regional Court sent Georgian thief in law Mamuka Chkadua, known in the criminal environment as Mamuka Galsky, behind the bars. His entire gang, numbering two dozen people, will soon go there as well.
The investigation and the court established that the thief created a criminal community in the territory of the region in 2012. At one time the criminal community, which was gaining momentum, was divided into two groups. One gang was engaged in extorting money from merchants, and the other – in eliminating competitors in criminal business. To manage one of the groups Mamuka Galsky attracted mafia enforcer of Altai Krai Sherali Khatamov, known as Sasha Uzbek.
Thus, the group of racketeers extorted money from residents of Barnaul, who had debts to third parties. Moreover, the bandits have imposed a tribute on city taxi drivers, collecting from 500 ($8.8) to 1000 rubles ($17.6) a month from each of them. Money was also collected from merchants involved in transportation of goods. Extortion of money was accompanied by threats of violence. In total, the investigators managed to establish 37 victims. One of them was a Barnaul entrepreneur, from whom the gang members ‘shook’ 45 million rubles ($793 thousand). All the money received the criminals gave to the common fund.
Concerning the second gang, it consisted of able-bodied men alone, engaged in combat sports. The thugs repeatedly collided with rival factions. As evidence of their superiority the bandits used bits, armatures and various weapons. In particular, between May and June 2013 during a conflict 8 militants of the community committed an assassination attempt on an unwanted person, during which an outside citizen was killed.
According to the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation, all the defendants denied their involvement in these crimes, but the investigation managed to prove their guilt in full. Criminal Mamuka Chkadua and his associate Sherali Khatamov were sentenced to 17 and 16 years in a strict regime colony respectively for creation of a criminal community, management of it and participation therein (parts 1, 2, 4 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code). The remaining 19 gang members got from 2.5 to 13 years of imprisonment for Attempted Murder (part 3 of Art. 30 and item (f), part 2 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code), Murder (part 1 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code) and Extortion (items (a, b), part 3 of Art. 163 of the Criminal Code). Four of them were also convicted of Swindling (part 2 of Art. 159.1 of the Criminal Code).
Thief in law Mamuka Chkadua (Mamuka Galsky), a native of the village of Chhortoli in Gali district of Georgia. The criminal was convicted four times for possession of drugs. The last three times Chkadua served terms in the colonies of Altai Krai, where he increased his authority and acquired associates. In 2013 the thief in law was deported to Georgia for violating the passport and visa regime, but as it turned out, he left Russia for a short time. One of his closest associates is considered to be thief in law Gizo Kardava.
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