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MOSCOW, November 16 (Itar-Tass) — Investigators have finished the probe into the criminal case against Andrei Bykov, a member of the Tsapok's gang, accused of involvement in the murder of 16 people, including the group murder in the village of Kushchevskaya, Krasnodar Territory, an Investigative Committee (SK) official said on Wednesday.
The investigators have gathered evidence of Bykov's involvement in the murder of 16 people as a member of a stable armed group (gang). In 1998, they killed Krylovskaya village resident Alexander Ivanov, in 2003, they killed farmers Roman and Valery Bogachyov, in 2006 - Kushchevskaya resident Leonid Kadyan, and in 2010, they killed 12 persons in Kushchevskaya house, including three children.
Also, the investigator ascertained Bykov's involvement in the attempted murder of Leonid Dadyan in 2005, preparations to murder businessman Alexander Strokun and other very serious crimes.
Bykov was charged with the commission of crimes envisioned by Article 209, Part 2 ("banditry"), Article 105, Part 2 ("murder"), Article 162, Part 4 ("robbery"), Article 167, Part 2 ("malicious damage to or destruction of property"), Article 326, Part 2, ("forgery or destruction of vehicle identification number"), Article 166, Part 4 ("seizing a car or means of transportation without the purpose of stealing), and Article 222, part 3 ("Illegal turnover of weapons").
"The main department of the Investigative Committee for the North Caucasus Federal District completed the investigation into the criminal case against Bykov, accused of the commission of crimes in the Kushchevsky district, Krasnodar Territory, as a member of a gang. This criminal case was separated from the main case opened over the murder of 12 people in the village of Kushchevskaya on November 4.
"On Wednesday, the criminal case against Bykov with endorsed indictment was sent to the Krasnodar Territory Court for consideration on the merits. The investigation into the main criminal case continues," the SK said.