Ulyanovsk: two OCG members detained on suspicion of racketeering
The detained persons offered a local entrepreneur protection in exchange for interest on his business proceeds, threatening reprisal in case of failure.
In Ulyanovsk, two members of an OCG, who had been extorting money from a local entrepreneur promising him protection and threatening with murder, have been detained. This is reported by the press service of the MIA Directorate in the Ulyanovsk region.
According to the investigation, the extortionists aged 44 and 46 offered the businessman protection in exchange for interest on his business proceeds. In case of refusal, the entrepreneur was threatened with physical harm.
During detention, a rubber-bullet handgun OSA and a metal chain with a ball at one end were seized from the offenders. A criminal case under Extortion (Art. 163 of the Russian Criminal Code) has been initiated.
The court has arrested the suspects at the request of the investigation. The investigation into the criminal case is ongoing. The extortionists face up to 15 years’ imprisonment.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.