The Moscow garrison military court sentenced six former FSB officers, most of whom served in the Alfa and Vympel special forces units. They were found guilty of assault on a businessman, disguised as a special operation. More than 100 million rubles became the booty of the security robbers.
Alexander Vlasov, an operative of department “K” of the Economic Security Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, was sentenced to 10 years in a strict regime colony and deprived of the rank of senior lieutenant of the reserve. His colleague Alexander Karelin received 8 years in prison. He is also stripped of the rank of major in the reserve. Dmitry Kapyshkin, a former employee of the Vympel special forces, was sentenced to 8 years in a strict regime and stripped of his rank of reserve captain, transmits RIA Novosti.
Former fighter of the Alpha special forces Roman Obolensky received 9 years in a strict regime colony. His colleague Vladimir Urusov was given the same term. Both were stripped of the rank of reserve captain.
Alfa’s senior instructor Khetag Margiev was sentenced to 8.5 years in a strict regime and stripped of his rank of reserve senior warrant officer.
Inspector of the Moscow department of the Federal Tax Service Dmitry Chikvin and former assistant investigator of the Moscow department of the RF IC on transport Dmitry Kazantsev received 8 and 9.5 years in a strict regime colony, respectively. Kazantsev was also fined 400 thousand rubles, and Chikvin – 300 thousand rubles.
The court also jointly and severally recovered from the convicted 81.5 million rubles in a civil claim for damages filed by the victims. Another 15 million rubles were seized at the investigation stage, transmits Interfax.
As follows from the materials of the case, in June 2019, security forces attacked businessman Alexander Yumaranov in Metallurg Bank on Ivan Babushkin Street in Moscow, who “according to a receipt received a loan of 136 million rubles.” The attackers “staged a special operation, using uniforms with the symbols of the Russian FSB and weapons.” The money was taken away during the conversion of rubles into foreign currency.
After the arrest, Vlasov and Margiev were issued a confession, they fully admitted their guilt. Two more commandos – Urusov and Obolensky – pleaded guilty in part.
Karelin, after repentance, was transferred under house arrest. He was detained in the Crimea, and during a search in the major’s home, his grandfather voluntarily gave 1.3 million rubles, it was heard in court.
The alleged customer of the attack on Yumaranov, the investigation considers businessman Boris Karamatov, who was engaged in illegal currency conversion. Defendants Nikolai Stefa and Artur Dzutsev have also been put on the wanted list.
In July 2020, the Gagarinsky District Court of Moscow sentenced former prosecutor Konstantin Zharov to nine years in prison in the same case. Another participant in the attack, Akshar Dzutsev, was sentenced in December 2021 to a similar term.