The Federal Security Service and the Russian Investigative Committee have stopped the activity of a criminal group led by Komi republic head Vyacheslav Gaizer, his deputy Alexei Chernov, as well as Alexander Zarubin and Valery Veselov, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Saturday.
"On September 18, 2015, the Investigative Committee's Department for Investigation of Most Serious Crimes opened a criminal case against 19 leaders and members of a criminal group that perpetrated crimes defined by Articles 210 [criminal group] and 159 [fraud] of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation in the period from 2006 till 2015," the report said.
"The purpose of activity of the criminal group led by Zarubin, Gaizer, Chernov and Veselov was to perpetrate serious crimes aimed at illegal acquisition of state assets," Markin said.
Urgent investigative and law enforcement procedures are being conducted in order to establish the identity and to detain all persons related to these crimes.
"This criminal group was notable for the scope of its activity manifested with inter-regional and international illegal actions of its members, the hierarchic structure of the criminal group, the unity and close relations between leaders and members of the criminal group, the strict subordination of lower-level members to their superiors, and the well-adjusted system of secrecy and protection against law enforcement agencies," Markin said.
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