Uralmash gang leader may be released soon due to legislation amendments

Uralmash gang leader may be released soon due to legislation amendments
Alexander Kukovyakin

According to the new regulation (the amendment to Article 72 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), now one day in a pre-trial detention center is equivalent to one and a half days in a general regime colony and two in a colony-settlement.

Former deputy of the Yekaterinburg City Duma and ex-leader of the Uralmash gang Alexander Kukovyakin is trying to achieve milder conditions of imprisonment. The criminal asks to transfer him from the colony where he is serving a term to a colony-settlement.

Kukovyakin is trying to execute the new regulation, according to which one day in the pre-trial detention center is equal to one and a half days of a general-regime colony and two - in a colony-settlement.

The court session, which will consider the petition of Alexander Kukovyakin, will be held on Monday, September 3, in the city court of Ivdel.

Previously, the convict had already sought release on parole. The Ivdel Town Court granted the application for a parole in February 2018. The public prosecutor, however, achieved the cancellation of the court's decision.

Alexander Kukovyakin was convicted for Swindling committed by a group of individuals on an especially large scale (part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code) on February 4, 2016. He was sentenced to 5 years in a general regime colony, but by the end of 2016 the appellate instance reviewed the verdict and jailed Kukovyakin for four years’ imprisonment.

As established by the investigation, in 2003-2004 Kukovyakin, being a deputy of the City Duma of Yekaterinburg, abducted more than 2.6 million rubles ($38.210) from the budget of Tavda Hydrolysis Plant OJSC using forged documents. Then the deputy of the City Duma concluded 11 interest-free loan agreements with the director of the Tavda Microbiological Plant for the legalization of stolen funds.

In 2005, Kukovyakin was put on an international wanted list. In June 2015, he was extradited from the UAE to Moscow. Alexander Kukovyakin is considered one of the founders of Yekaterinburg gang Uralmash.


Uralmash is an organized criminal community that entered the picture in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) in 1989. Initially, the ‘business territory’ of the group was Ordzhonikidzevsky district of the city, where the giant plant Uralmash was located. The founders are Grigory and Konstantin Tsyganov brothers. The gang consisted of about 15 bands (500 people). In the first half of the 90s, Uralmash was known as adherents of harsh methods (they also committed about 30 contract killings).



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