Thursday, September 21, 2017

Chelyabinsk city administrator of Miass charged in plot to kill business rivals

Viktor Ardabievsky, the administrative head of Chelyabinsk-area city Miass in Russia's Ural region, was charged with banditry and being an accomplice to murder last week after he allegedly ordered a reputed criminal gang to kill two business rivals.

Ardabievsky remanded to two months' pretrial detention, RIA Novosti reports.

The leader is believed to have ordered the killings during the time he's been employed as Miass' top administrator, beginning in 2005.

Investigators said they have credible information that the Turbazovskiye gang killed the victims, Andrei Paduchin and Pavel Sidorov. The gang is also implicated in about 30 contract killings between 1999 and 2011, according to RIA Novosti.

The gang's name means travel resort and is believed to be a reference to a local resort opened by Ardabievsky and alleged gang leader Sergei Chashchin.