Ten members of Sukonka OCG convicted for mall raid
In total, there are about 1,500 people in the gang.
Kazan’s Vakhitovsky District Court delivered a verdict regarding 10 members of the Sukonka organized criminal group, who were recognized as participants in the raid on the Altyn shopping center. Young people in masks and tracksuits battered several outlets because of a domestic conflict which had taken place at the parking lot. Five gangsters received jail terms, Business Online reports.
On August 20, 2016, Pandora Torg LLC director Marat Gimadeev had a conflict about a parking place with a merchant at Nikos i Maria construction market. To get revenge, Gimadeev gathered a few members of the Sukonka OCG armed with bats and metal re-bars and called on the offender. The gangsters beat both the merchant and a casual witness – the buyer.
On March 16, 2017, a number of criminals ran through the shopping center Altyn, smashing the counters. As the investigation found out, the reason was again revenge for the offense given to Aynur Gafarov, the cousin of one of the defendants – Adel Gafarov. Aynur opened a shop in the shopping center and allegedly was accepted with the hostility by other merchants.
The court found the gangsters guilty of property damage, disorderly conduct, and assault.
The police consider the Sukonka OCG to be the largest gang in Tatarstan and, according to the MIA in the republic, has about 1,500 people. The gang emerged in the 70s. In 2006, Marsian Yakupov, the leader of the OCG and mafia lord, was sentenced to 7.5 years in jail for fraud. Six years later, the crime boss died of a heart attack.
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