Wanted member of Deputy Peunkov’s gang arrested
On December 19, 2014 the former parliamentary was found guilty in plotting murders and sentenced to 23 years in penal colony.
Another suspect detained in the framework of the criminal case against Archangelsk Deputy Alexey Peunkov. Press Service of the Regional Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation reports that a 29-year old local person was arrested recently. The investigation believes that he was a member of the former parliamentary’s gang. He was hiding from justice and put on the wanted list. The court will determine pre-trial restrictions for him soon.
Alexey Peunknov, a Deputy of the Archangelsk Regional Assembly of Deputies, gathered a gang in 2009 to monopolize the construction sand market. Gang members intimidated businessmen and forced them to decline deals related to sand purchase, sale, or supply. Then the businessmen were forced to deal only with entities controlled by this organized crime group. Twenty individual businessmen and legal entities have been recognized victims in this criminal case.
To refresh background: on December 19, 2014 Peunkov was found guilty in plotting murders and sentenced to 23 years in penal colony. The criminal case against Peunkov and members of his organized crime group was initiated in 2013. Gang members were charged with a whole bunch of crimes: organization of and participation in an organized crime group; forcing to make and/or reject deals; deliberate destruction of property; abuse of powers in a commercial company; and money laundering.
The United States is considering two lawsuits against the "Russian mafia" at the same time; one is the criminal syndicate of the thief in law Razhden Shulaya and the other one is a Brighton Beach gang with an exaggerated name Vory v zakone ("Thieves in law"), although there are no actual thieves in law among the members. Reports from the court hearings tell us something about the relationship between the immigrant gangsters.