Samara: three cases initiated after discovery of arms cache of leader of Zakonovskiye OCG

Samara: three cases initiated after discovery of arms cache of leader of Zakonovskiye OCG
Seized arms

It is not yet clear who will be brought to responsibility.

The arms caches found in Samara became a reason for three criminal cases. The arms belonged to the now-dead leader of the criminal group Zakonovskiye.

The cache was found by the FSB officers in the Samara Region in an abandoned garage near the house No. 29 on the Tennisnaya Street, near the Kirov market at the end of May 2018. This was reported by the press service of the department.

The cases were initiated under articles on illegal storage of arms and ammunition, illegal storage of explosives and illegal manufacturing of arms.

Who can become the figurants of all three cases - is not yet clear.

It is not yet clear who will be brought to responsibility.

One of the defendants, testifying against the members of the organized crime group, pointed to the place of the cache. According to him, he, personally with Alexey Rydkov, the leader of the group, who was killed in 2016, organized this cache.

The report clarifies that two Kalashnikov assault rifles, a Scorpion automatic nozzle, two K6-92 Volk submachine guns, a carbine Vepr, an MK rifle Saiga, two PM pistols and other weapons, as well as cartridges to it were seized. The explosives the special services officers discovered included two 200 grams TNT grenades, 40 military electric-detonators, a hand grenade RGD-5 and a fuse UZRGN-2 for it. All seized items are sent for examination.

It is to be added that the Zakonovskiye OCG were active in the period of the 90s - the beginning of the 2000s. In the beginning, the leader of the group was Alexander Zakonov, after his death in 2004, he was replaced by bodyguard Alexey Ryzhov.

When Ryzhov died in 2016,  the community was headed Sergey Gafurov. The latter is now under investigation on charges of preparing the assassination of Vladimir Izumrudov, who was allegedly claiming leadership in the OCG. In addition, other members of the OCG, Denis Kovegin and Radik Khayretdinov, were also detained. In December, the court sentenced Kovegin to nine years of imprisonment and Khayretdinov to one and a half years of suspended sentence.

In 2018, several security forces officers, including two officers of the regional FSB, were detained in Samara on suspicion of “protecting” the organized crime group.

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