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.