St.Petersburg: members of faked special ops unit gang got 92 years in jail for nine of them
According to some reports, one of the gang’s members is a brother of a former Zenit FC footballer Oleg Samsonov.
St.Petersburg court has sentenced 9 members of a faked special ops unit gang to imprisonment for 9 up to 13 years in a strict regime colony on a charge of robbery with use of force, racketeering, and abduction, reports 78.ru. 2 of them were also sentenced to 300 thousand rubles ($4.4 thousand) fines.
The court has to fulfilled the 1.23 million rubles ($18.3 thousand) and $2.5 million demand to the defendants. Their property - including a land property, a mansion, 5 apartments, 6 cars, and money on bank accounts - has also been seized.
The investigation theory is that the gang was founded in 2012 by Igor Khludkov and Vitaly Samsonov who, according to the media, is a brother of a former Zenit FC footballer Oleg Samsonov. In November, 2012, the gang’s members stole almost 10 million rubles (roughly 150 thousand) from their victims; in September, 2013, they attacked a man at Pulkovo-2 airport and took $2.5 million from him; in May, 2014, they abducted a person and force him to pay 100 million rubles ($1.4 million); in July, 2014, they stole $1.5 million from their victims.
Fontanka earlier reported the gang’s members had attacked those who obtain cash. With that, they introduced themselves as the officers of the special ops unit of the Federal Security Service and wore uniform with logos of various security agencies. Among the gang’s members were a former lieutenant-colonel of the Federal Service for Corrections in St.Petersburg and Leningrad region Pavel Grigoriev and a former criminal investigator of the 44 division of the criminal investigation department in Primorsky district Anton Kulikov.
The gang had 2 automatic weapons, 7 guns, and 3 submachine weapons, silencers, a bombshell, and a large amount of ammunition in the inventory.
Deposit Insurance Agency and ‘criminal duo’ of its First Deputy General Director Miroshnikov and colonel–billionaire Cherkalin
Valery Miroshnikov, First Deputy General Director of the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA), has fled Russia and intends to resign. Experts explain his escape by the arrest of FSB colonel Kirill Cherkalin charged with swindling amounting to 12 billion rubles ($191.4 million); Miroshnikov and Cherkalin had close ties. In addition, the high-ranked insurer was a friend of fugitive FSB general Viktor Voronin – who had assisted to late banker Vladimir Kogan in the resolution of Bank UralSib and then relocated to Israel. The CrimeRussia reviewed operations of the ‘unsinkable’ Deposit Insurance Agency and its top manager Valery Miroshnikov – as well as his extensive connections actively used in the course of liquidation of Russian banks. The main question is: why is the Central Bank of Russia turning a blind eye to suspicious actions of the DIA?