Leader and members of Yugo-Zapad Konnovskie gang convicted killing member of the Blokhinskaya gang
The defendants committed the crime 15 years ago against the background of internecine conflict.
The Leninsky District Court of Saransk sentenced the leader of the Yugo-Zapad OCG Vladislav Pechnikov, nicknamed Pech, and his accomplices Yevgeny Slavtsov, Denis Islanov, Alexey Fudin in the case of the murder of a member of the hostile gang Sergey Varakin and illegal arms trafficking. Varakin belonged to the Blokhinskaya gang which split from the Yugo-Zapad.
Pechnikov received 21 years and 6 months in a strict regime colony and a fine of 850 thousand rubles ($ 12,500), Slavtsov – 10 years, Islanov – 10.9 years, Fudin – 10.6 years, Stolitsa S reports. The court ordered all three criminals to pay each victim 1 million rubles ($ 15,000).
As the investigation established, in the morning of June 19, 2002, the convicts arrived to a residential building on the avenue of 50 let Oktyabrya and lurched Sergey Varakin, who lived there, at the entrance of. He was shot in front of his pregnant wife and personal driver.
The organized criminal group Yugo-Zapad emerged in 1989 from the union of two gangs: Mykyintsy and Shchukari. In the mid-1990s, the gang was headed by Sergey Konnov and Alexey Blokhin, and later Pechnikov. In early 2002, a conflict broke out between Konov and Blokhin, which soon escalated into a grouping war. More than 20 members of the Yugo-Zapad gang died in it.
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