Vladikavkaz racketeers terrorizing workers
Most victims had to pay twice.
Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in the North Caucasus worked on a gang of racketeers that had been terrorizing Vladikavkaz residents and neutralized it. The gangsters had extorted money from ordinary hard workers living paycheck to paycheck.
The gang had operated in Vladikavkaz for two years. It has been established that the gang consisted of men that had come from North and South Ossetia. According to preliminary figures, the accused had managed to make about 4 million rubles ($69 000) with 14 criminal incidents.
The MIA press service has reported that the racketeers had been using a well-established pattern: they would obtain information concerning the day when the local workers would get their wages and then, threatening with weapons and physical violence would rob them of their wages or payroll cards. In most cases, the victims had to pay twice: first to the extortionists and then to intermediaries who would promise to resolve the conflict for a lower amount. If the victim could not pay the amount they wanted, he or she was forced to take a loan at a high interest rate from one of the gangsters.
The gang was arrested red-handed. The Ministry of Internal Affairs posted a footage featuring the detention near a commercial facility in a busy street. Police seized a synthetic drug from one of the accused during a personal search. The gang leader had been previously convicted of a similar crime.
Criminal cases were initiated under part 1 and 2 of Art. 163 of the Criminal Code, part 3 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code and part 2 of Art. 228 of the Criminal Code. Three gang members are in custody and another one is on the wanted list.
The city police detained two officers of the Russian FSB and the deputy chief of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the North-East Administrative District Department of the Interior Ministry of Russia for Moscow, who are suspected of bribe-taking.