Thursday, September 21, 2017

Russian authorities conclude investigation into St. Petersburg gang

An investigation into criminal cases of four alleged members of a St. Petersburg gang was recently completed.

In the early 1990s, natives of the city of Navoi Uzbek SSR created a gang in St. Petersburg that was later accused of murder and robbery, RIA Novosti reports.

Until 1998, there were 20 people in the gang, including Vitaly Orlov, Alexander Petukhov, Alexander Choi and former police officer Sergei Maximov.

Then, in 1998, Maksimov allegedly killed the gang leader, who was nicknamed Hassan. He then allegedly conspired with Orlov to deal with Hassan's accomplice Little Arthur, which made Maksimov the leader of the gang with Orlov taking Little Arthur's place. Maksimov then recruited several additional members to the gang, including Dmitry Bibikova, according to RIA Novosti.

Most of the gang's members, including Maksimov, were killed by the end of 2001, while others committed suicide or died from a drug overdose. Only Orlov, Petukhov, Choi and Bibikov remained in the gang, as they continued to commit crimes in such cities as St. Petersburg, Tver, Ufa, Yekaterinburg and Volgograd.

In 2001, Petukhov was arrested for robbery in St. Petersburg, and the next year Orlov, Tsoi and Bibikova were arrested for a robbery at a jeweler in Volgograd. They were imprisoned for 14 to 25 years, RIA Novosti reports.