Vologda: OCG consisting of FSKN officers sentenced to up to 20 years for 150 counts
According to investigators, the criminal gang of werewolves in epaulets systematically planted drugs, stole evidences, extorted bribes and beat out necessary evidence.
The Vologda Region Court convicted 12 members of organized crime group consisting of employees of the Federal Drug Control Service regional management (FSKN), including the former Deputy Head of the management, the Head of the Cherepovets interdistrict department Alexey Sovetov, the Investigative Committee reported.
Investigators have established the gang’s involvement in more than 150 episodes of law violations, on which 104 criminal cases were initiated.
Depending on the role of the each, OCG participants were convicted under item (a), part 3 of Art. 111 of the Criminal Code (Intentional Infliction of grievous bodily harm), item (a), part 4 of Art. 158 of the Criminal Code (Theft), Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Swindling), Art. 161 of the Criminal Code (Robbery), item (b), part 3 of Art.228¹ of the Criminal Code (Sale of Narcotic Drugs), Art. 285 of the Criminal Code (Abuse of Official Powers), Art. 286 of the Criminal Code (Exceeding of Powers), Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking), part 3 of Art. 303 of the Criminal Code (Falsification of Evidence in a criminal case), Art. 307 of the Criminal Code (Perjury).
The maximum penal got the leader of the organized crime group - Alexey Sovetov. Investigators had been proven his guilty on 91 counts, in consequence of which he was sentenced to 20 years in prison and a fine of 4 million rubles. The remaining 11 members of the group received sentences from 6 to 18 years and a fine from 50 thousand rubles to 3 million rubles depending on the severity of the committed crimes.
According to investigators, the OCG, consisting of the senior police officer Alexei Sovetov’s subordinates, operated from 2007 to 2011. Investigators found that the gang of werewolves in epaulets systematically planted drugs to innocent citizens, stole seized during searches cash and values, demanded bribes for mitigation of criminal punishment, acquired and traded drugs, compelled people to confess by beating.
One of the witnesses was the realtor Ilya Zorin. According to his testimony, the businessman, serving a sentence for theft in Sheksna prison, worked closely with the OCG leader Sovetov. On Zorin’s orders the senior police liberated prisoners on bail for a certain amount of money. At some time Zorin ceased to share funds with Sovetov, because of that a conflict developed between them. Shortly after the release the realtor was arrested by the FSKN; during the search the drug was found, although the detainee claimed that he had never drugged. After that Zorin was placed in the pre-trial detention center, where he was denied with his wife visits and a face-to-face interrogation with the people, who testified against him. When the businessman was in prison, he had been fraudulently stolen three apartments. In addition, there was an attempt to take over his business. After the OCG members’ detention Zorin was recognized as a victim.
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