Shchyolkovskaya gang leader suddenly acquitted and released in courtroom

Shchyolkovskaya gang leader suddenly acquitted and released in courtroom
Alexander Matusov (Basmach)

Alexander Matusov, the alleged leader of one of the most violent gangs of the 1990s, who has not confessed to the murder charges, has been released right in the courtroom.

Alexander Matusov, the alleged leader of one of the most violent gangs of the 1990s, who has not confessed to the murder charges, has been released right in the courtroom.

The Moscow Court acquitted Alexander Matusov, the alleged leader of Shchyolkovskaya gang, who is known in the underworld as Basmach.

The court stated in a press release that the jury had delivered the acquittal verdict, which led to Matusov being fully acquitted by the court. Alexander Matusov was released from custody in the courtroom under the law.

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According to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, Alexander Matusov, who had belonged to Izmailovskaya gang for some time, founded Shchyolkovskaya gang in the early 1990s. A few years later, the criminal enterprise got the reputation of one of the cruelest ones, and it had an inflow of orders to murder businessmen and criminal bosses. According to the investigation, Shchyolkovskaya is responsible for at least 60 murders.

The jury began hearing Matusov’s case on February 16. Basmach was charged with several murders and murder attempts, but he never confessed and refused to give a relevant testimony.

Meanwhile, Matusov-led criminal group attacked four members of a rival group on November 17, 1996, in the village of Sverdlovsk, Moscow region, according to the investigation. Two of them were killed immediately, the third one died later in intensive care unit, and the fourth one was seriously injured.

Eight members of the group were sentenced to various imprisonment terms ranging from 6 to 21 years in a strict regime colony for the crime in 2011. Matusov and his fellow mobster, Oleg Rogatin, fled and were put on the international wanted list.

Matusov was hiding in Thailand for a few years, but in the summer of 2014 Thai policemen detained him. On July 3, 2014 Basmach was extradited to Moscow, while Rogatin is still wanted.

Matusov refused to testify at the investigation stage in 2015, and the court returned the case to the prosecutor's office to eliminate violations committed during the investigation.

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