Wife of Kushchevskie OCG head gets $5.5m seized by court
Representatives of the families of persons killed by Tsapkovskie OCG appealed to the Krasnodar court to collect 150 million rubles ($2.4 million) from the wife of the organized crime group leader. However, the Court adopted a decision which is contradictory to the previous one taken by the Rostov Court.
The Oktyabrsky District Court of Krasnodar has lifted an attachment of $5.5 million belonging to the wife of the deceased head of the Tsapkovskie OCG, Anzhela-Maria Tsapok, Life reports referring to the lawyer Maksim Koshelev, who represents the families of persons killed by gang members.
Previously, the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Rostov-on-Don refused to return the money to the widow of the gang leader Sergey Tsapok, who had died in a pre-trial detention center in 2014, since she could not prove that the money belonged to her.
According to Koshelev, the victims’ representatives appealed to the Oktyabrsky District Court of Krasnodar to consider the issue of enforced collection of the amount within the limits of the requirements of all recoverers under enforcement proceedings.
About 31 million rubles ($496.000) should have been recovered from the accounts of Tsapok’s wife in favor of two dozen relatives of the OCG victims. Initially, the claimed amount had been estimated at 6.5 billion rubles ($104 million), and then was reduced to 270 million rubles ($4.32 million). The bailiffs planned to collect 150 million from the assets of the gang leader Sergey Tsapok, and the remaining amount from the funds of other members of the Kushchevskaya gang.
However, the judge refused to bring all recoverers and victims to the case. At the same time, the Court granted the request of Anzhela-Maria Tsapok’s representative to lift the arrest from $5.5 million, which contradicts the earlier decision of the Rostov court. Shortly, the defense of victims intends to appeal the decision of the Krasnodar court.
June 21, the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Rostov-on-Don refused to lift the arrest from $6 million in Anzhela-Maria Tsapok’s account. According to the Court's decision, Tsapok did not provide sufficient evidence that this money belonged to her. In the Court's view, the cash receipts dated July 5 and 6, 2010 presented in the case materials did not indicate ownership by a particular person.
At the same time, three weeks earlier, the same Court returned a mansion in Rostov-on-Don worth 15.7 million rubles ($251.200) and a 2009 Porsche Panamera to Anzhela-Maria Tsapok. The Court found that this property was acquired personally by Anzhela-Maria Tsapok in 2008 and 2010, although the Kushchevskaya OCG actively looted local entrepreneurs in that period.
Members of the Tsapkovskie OCG were found guilty of 19 murders and other crimes. In November 2010, members of the gang killed 12 people, including four children, in a private house of one of the farmers in the Kushchevskaya village. During the investigation of the massacre, other gang crimes came to light. In 2013, members of the OCG were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment, and the gang leader Sergey Tsapok and his accomplices Igor Chernykh and Vladimir Alekseev were sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2014, Sergey Tsapok died of a stroke in the Krasnodar detention center.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.