Police made some controversial arrests as far back as in 2009. That is when law enforcement officers arrested Aleksandr Trunov, an entrepreneur. He was accused of paying for several murders. Aleksandr Solodkin, the City of Novosibirsk vice major, was also put into custody soon.
Criminal cases were also opened against Mr Solodkin Senior, a former advisor for the governor, and Andrey Andreev, a high-ranking Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation senior officer. These people are members of a gang that would kill entrepreneurs getting in their way, according to investigators.
On the last day of the summer in Novosibirsk, the trial of the leader of the killer brigade, Anatoly Radchenko, better known in the Siberian Region as Celentano, began. Contrary to the big kingpins’ unspoken tradition of trusting their fate to the jury, Radchenko, who initially demanded a jury trial, refused his idea, having withdrawn the relevant motion at a preliminary court session. It is not improbable that he understood – after the elimination of the Trunov gang and the disclosure of the details of all of its crimes, the chances of proving his innocence to 12 people's judges are reduced to zero.