On Wednesday, January 12, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation announced that the investigation of a criminal case against a 44-year-old local resident accused of occupying a high position in the criminal hierarchy had been completed in the Moscow region. This is the first such criminal case in the country in the new year.
In the world, and accordingly in the materials of the criminal case, it is written that this person’s name is Oleg Pirogov. In the criminal world, this citizen was not known by his last name.
Olga Vradiy, a representative of the Investigative Committee for the Moscow Region, told the “RG” correspondent what the investigation had found out.
– In 2011, citizen Pirogov was recognized as the highest position in the criminal hierarchy – “thief in law”, with the criminal nickname Circassian. From 2011 until the moment of detention, he coordinated the actions of organized groups on the territory of the Moscow region, – said the representative of the department.
Pirogov, according to the investigation, created and maintained connections between the bandits and “other persons occupying the highest position in the criminal hierarchy.” This man was directly involved in the division of the spheres of criminal influence and criminal proceeds in the Moscow region. He has a rich criminal biography – Pirogov was repeatedly convicted of theft, extortion, drug trafficking and forgery.
The Investigative Committee emphasized that having an appropriate criminal status, Oleg Pirogov actively promoted the criminal subculture, appointed others to lower levels of the criminal hierarchy and provided criminal protection to those who were engaged in illegal activities in the Moscow region. As a result, he seriously influenced the crime situation throughout the entire Moscow region.
Pirogov influenced the crime situation throughout the entire Moscow region
But when the investigators became interested in Pirogov, he managed to leave. Found it in Poland. The department says that Poland quickly gave it to us. This happened because all the documents confirming the detainee’s involvement in organized crime were prepared in such a way that the competent authorities of the neighboring country sent Pirogov to Moscow in May 2021.
As explained in the department, the difficulty in the investigation of this criminal case was that almost all the witnesses who needed to be interrogated served sentences in colonies or were in a pre-trial detention center and were afraid to testify against the current criminal authority. Nevertheless, the evidence and expert opinions collected by the investigator in the criminal case formed the basis of the accusation. The prosecutor’s office agreed with the work of the Investigative Committee, and in the near future the criminal case with the approved indictment will be submitted to the court for consideration on the merits.
Article 210.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Occupation of the highest position in the criminal hierarchy” is considered relatively new in the criminal legislation of the Russian Federation. It entered into force on April 12, 2019. During this time, 110 criminal cases were initiated across Russia under this article. According to last year’s data, 20 people were convicted.