Raid against OCG Sukonnaya Sloboda initiated in Kazan
In one day, suspects of attacking a trader from the Vietnamese market and bashing in the Altyn shopping center were detained.
In Tatarstan, the investigation into the case initiated as early as August 2016 was unexpectedly resumed. Five suspects of committing a crime under part 2 of Art. 213 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Hooliganism by a group of persons) began to be caught all over Kazan. In total, the operatives took 5 people in, and 7 people in total were recently arrested in this case. According to the sources of BUSINESS Online, all of them are related to the organized crime group called the Sukonovskiye (Sukonka).
On August 20 last year, men attacked Adiev, the citizen of Uzbekistan who kept a shop at the Vietnamese market. They extorted money from him, and after he refused to pay, they severely beat him using improvised means. Adiev reported to the police, where on August 24 a criminal case was initiated, but the investigation was subsequently suspended. The investigation was resumed only on June 21 this year. But nothing is known about the reasons for this. The investigator, who insisted in the Vakhitovsky Court of Kazan on the extension of the detention, and not on the arrest of the suspects, did not explain the details of the investigation.
The lawyer of one of the detainees, Albert Rogachev, says that at the market, an ordinary domestic conflict emerged. "He is engaged in small business, trade. Well, anything can happen. He came to the market to buy goods. And people who work there do not quite understand our mentality... Someone was dissatisfied with something... There was a fight, in fact, not hooliganism," Rogachev explained.
Dmitry Samokhin, Marat Gimadeev, Andrey Gabidullin, as well as certain Gritskov and Karapetian, who are also suspected of the bashing at the Altyn shopping center on March 16, 2017, were taken to the temporary detention facility. Then, about an hour before the closure of the shopping complex, 11 people wearing sports suits and medical masks burst into the room and swept everything on their path without using any weapons. In less than a minute, almost the entire first floor of the building was destroyed. None of the employees of the shopping center was injured. The experts estimated the damage from the attack at 100 thousand rubles ($1.7 thousand). There was information that Roman Sychev, also known as Roma Sych Kazansky, was involved in the bashing in Altyn in some way, however, later it did not find confirmation.
Amber alert was announced in the city, and criminal proceedings were instituted under part 2 of Art. 213 (Hooliganism) and part 2 of Art. 167 of the Criminal Code (Intentional destruction or damage to property). The Ministry of Internal Affairs for Tatarstan established the identities of four attackers, one of whom, Igor Starostin, was immediately detained. He admitted his guilt and even surrendered some of his accomplices. The next day, three other suspects turned themselves in; later, two more came to the police. Starostin's partners – Igor Potapov, Ilya Spiridonov, Timur Vafin, Adel Gafarov, Ilnaz Taishibayev – were kept in jail until July 16. Another suspect, Mars Yusupov, was released.
In court, the suspects told that the attack was allegedly committed because of the unrepaired mobile phone. According to the sources of BUSINESS Online, the true cause of the pogrom was the conflict of interests between the owners of the two outlets, one of which belongs to the cousin of the detained active participant of Sukonka OCG.
As a result, the court extended the detention period for four of the suspects by 72 hours. Only Samokhin was placed in jail until August 12. The detainees themselves have denied involvement in the Sukonovskiye OCG.
Video: Raid on Altyn, Kazan
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