MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. The Moscow Region police apprehended eight people, suspected of serial murders committed starting in 2000, Russian Ministry of the Interior Spokeswoman Irina Volk told TASS Saturday.
"A suspected mastermind and seven gang members were apprehended <...> during a police operation. <...> Firearms, ammo and explosives were seized during searches. The suspects were put into custody as a pretrial restriction measure," she said.
She also noted that the police identified 12 people who could be involved in 10 murders in the Sergiyev Posad District of the Moscow Region, as well as in Kostroma and Yaroslavl regions, which took place between 2000 and 2019. The Russian Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case over charges of banditry.
According to the spokeswoman of the Russian Investigative Committee's Main Investigative Directorate for the Moscow Region, Olga Vradiy, seven local residents, aged between 32 and 58, were charged with establishment and control of and membership in a gang, as well as murder, illegal production and possession of firearms, depending on each suspect’s role.
"Between 2000 and 2016, a resident of the Moscow Region, born in 1970, established a stable armed group, involving six more people. The gang members committed crimes in Moscow, Kostroma and Yaroslavl regions: targeting people and companies, as well as other offences, including murders, with the use of firearms," Vradiy disclosed.
The police raid was carried out by the Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia.