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MOSCOW, September 6 (Itar-Tass) — The Moscow City Court on Tuesday will announce the sentence to the alleged leader of the “Orekhovo gang” Sergei Butorin who is accused of 24 murders.
Earlier, during the pleadings the public prosecutor requested a life sentence for Butorin and 15 years imprisonment for another person charged in the case - Marat Polyansky.
Butorin is charged with leading a criminal group and the Orekhovo gang that was part of it, as well as with committing 24 murders and three attempted murders within the gang. Marat Polyansky is charged with membership in the gang and committing four murders and one attempted murder within it. All the crimes, according to the prosecution, were committed in 1994-1998, among the most resonant is the murder of “killer number one” Alexander Solonik and head of the Foundation for Social to Sportsmen Otari Kvantrishvili.
Polyansky has admitted his guilt in court, Butorin insisted that he had nothing to do with the crimes he is charged with.
Butorin and Polyansky were arrested in Spain in February 2001, arrested and sentenced to prison terms for arms trafficking. After serving their sentence abroad they were extradited to Moscow. Polyansky had been extradited to Russian law enforcement authorities in 2009 and Butorin - in 2010.
At the time of the investigation’s completion the criminal case consisted of 68 volumes.
According to investigators, since March 1996 Sergei Butorin and Dmitry Belkin headed the so-called “Orekhovo gang” that was acting in Moscow since 1994. At the same time the gang teamed up with the so-called “Medvedkovo group” in a criminal community. Members of the Orekhovo gang were committing murders and attempted murders in Moscow, in the Moscow and Vladimir regions, in Greece and Ukraine.