Russian lawmaker Maleyev — participant or eyewitness of a gang warfare?
The CrimeRussia has learned the details of the criminal case that banned Samara lawmaker Vyacheslav Maleyev from participation in the primaries. The case information contains a record of Maleyev’s interrogation, who stood as a defendant after a shootout, which had put an end to the so-called "era of romantic banditry" in Samara.
After a parliament member of the Edinaya Rossiya (United Russia) party in Samara, Vyacheslav Maleyev was excluded from the primaries, people had to recall one of the key shootouts of the 90s. A huddle somewhere near the Dubki tourist camp that took place on August 19, 1994, put an end to the so-called "era of romantic banditry." The contents of the relevant criminal case imply that Maleyev was involved in that meeting.
A scandal broke out in the regional branch of the United Russia party after a State Duma member Alexander Khinshtein had announced that Maleyev was a former member of the Novgorodskaya organized crime group. Khinshtein also specified that Maleyev had been detained on suspicion of a double assassination. After that, the Samara City Duma member was banned from the election race. Maleyev himself claimed that Khinshtein had slandered him, and called a press conference at which he tried to explain the situation.
Maleyev claimed that he was connected to the criminal case only as a witness, simply for being "in the wrong place at the wrong time." Allegedly, he had come to negotiate the purchase of a number of VAZ cars, when suddenly the shooting started. However, Vyacheslav Maleyev made a remarkable slip in his speech: "I was about to leave, when the shooting started. It was another group that attacked us from an ambush."
The shootout that Maleyev referred to, happened between the Naparnikovskaya and the Novgorodskaya criminal gangs. According to Novaya Gazeta, the criminal case № 9403934 contains documents, which confirm Maleyev’s role as a defendant. Moreover, there is a "record of the interrogation of the defendant, Maleyev V.M." dated September 23, 1994. This record tells us that on August 18, 1994, at about 6 p.m. local time, Maleyev met with Yuri Kalemalkin (also known as Klim, one of the leaders of the Novgorodskaya organized crime group).
Maleyev arrived at the rendezvous point on August 19, in 12.55 p.m. Several cars already arrived at the turn to the Dubki tourist camp. "… White Audi 100 cars were on the side of the road, Kornev was standing near one of them. <...> I went up to him and asked if he had seen Kalemalkin. Kornev replied that not yet. Kornev wanted to drink, we came to Tutgartsa’s car, gave him a bottle of juice. Then I saw that a white VAZ-2106 car driving over, but I didn’t see who was inside. Then a grey Mitsubishi Pajero arrived, with Yuri Kalemalkin and Yuri <nicknamed> Khimik inside. "
After that Maleyev suggested swerving off the road towards the camp site. When the participants of the meeting arrived at the place, they went into the woods to a meadow. "... There at the clearing, I saw some guys, hard to say how many exactly, but more than 10 people. When we came closer, <we heard that> they were having a conversation. A guy in a white jacket, who was from Tolyatti, as far as I guessed, said that the conversation should be moved to mid-September, because they were one person short... After that, the Tolyatti guys went toward the cars at the clearing... At this time, I heard a submachine gun burst and single shots. It's hard to determine a type of weapon and how many of it they had. We fled..."
From the criminal case materials, we know that the gunmen were masked and heavily armed. Certain Gerasimov (also known as Gera) and Andrey Tolstoy from the Naparnikovskaya gang were killed. The prosecutor’s office of the Kirovsky District of Samara put out a bulletin for Alexander Litvinok (also known as Nisan) on suspicion of his involvement in this crime. As for Maleyev himself, the police claimed that he was known as the foreman of the Novgorodskaya gang, going by nickname Maley. At that time, he was the director and founder of the Queens Auto Ltd., which was selling VAZ cars.
This shootout in the Samara region led to a new era of criminal warfare, which proved to have a lot of bloodshed. A few months later, the leader of the Novgorodskaya gang Mikhail Besfamilny (also known as Bes) was killed. A total of 27 gunshot wounds were found in his body.
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