Taganskaya gang members took care of cache in Moscow region
The bandits regularly visited the safe house and monitored its integrity.
Taganskaya gang a hideout with weapons and ammunition found on the territory of the Kubinka military garrison in the Moscow region literally to the last. This opinion was expressed by criminologist Yakov Gilinsky in a conversation with Izvestia.
As The CrimeRussia reported, the arsenal included Kalashnikov assault rifles, rifles, submachine guns, grenade launchers and more than 15,000 rounds of ammunition.
All weapons were wrapped in oiled paper and packed in plastic containers. In addition, investigators seized 36 kg of explosives.
“If weapons, explosives and ammunition are properly packaged, and an arms cache is in a good place where it is not flooded, they can be stored there for decades,” Gilinsky explained.
At the same time, the expert believes that since the weapons were in excellent condition, it means that the members of the group regularly visited the cache - they took out weapons to check their combat readiness.
According to the preliminary version, part of the weapons was stolen from military warehouses, another one - brought by members of the criminal group.
REN TV channel reported that after the cache was discovered, charges against the so far unidentified military personnel were separated from the criminal case against the members of Taganskaya gang. The Military Investigative Directorate is checking the garrison employees for involvement in the placement of the gang's warehouse. That said, the Ministry of Defense has already refuted the information that the cache was on the territory of the Kubinka military garrison.
The first arrests of the gang members began in 2017. First, Marat Yanbukhtin, 42, suspected of murdering lawyer Natalya Vavilina, was detained. A criminal case on Murder (Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and Illegal Sale of Firearms (Art. 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) was opened against the killer. Following Yanbukhtin's arrest the leaders of the group Igor Zhirnokleyev (Zhirny) and Grigory Rabinovich (Grisha Tagansky) were arrested.
The leaders of the gang were charged with orchestrating the assassination of Valery Zhuravlev, the General Director of Rospischeprom, in 2008. They were also suspected of a raider seizure of Moskva department store on Leninsky Prospect.
The Prosecutor General's Office had earlier accused the Moscow region’s ex-official of exceeding official authority, taking a bribe on an especially large scale, and forgery, and demanded to seize assets worth of 9 billion rubles ($135 million) from him.