The Shchyolkovskaya Gang - Murderers and Animal Sellers
The beginning of «Shchyolkovskaya»
Alexander Valentinovich Matusov, nicknamed "Basmach" and the leader of the Shchyolkovskaya organized crime gang, was born in 1962 in the Moscow region. During the Soviet era, Matusow
lived in the village of Biokombinat in the Shchelkovsky district. This was the starting point of his career as a criminal authority. There he began to enter the underworld as the leader of the Shchyolkovskaya group.
In the early 1990s, Matusov began his journey with the Izmailovskaya OCG, but practically nothing is known about his activities and status in this gang, a press article mentioned. After leaving Izmaylovskaya, Matusov created his own group in Biokombinat and recruited local citizens into it. Pavel Bondartzkov (Boldaris) and Igor Rozhnev (Pegas) became his associates, who at that time had already served time in prison.
Quite quickly, the gang completely subjugated the village and controlled its merchants. The Schyolkovskaya OCG’s landmark was an extremely tough approach to doing business; with competitors from other factions, they preferred not to negotiate, but physically destroy them. In Biokombinat everyone was afraid of them, even the police.
A vivid example of their operational style was when the gang attacked four people in 1996, in the village of Sverdlovskyi, outside of Moscow, located in the Shchyolkovo district. Aksenov, Zarubin, Kashirsky and Parkhomenko were gang members from a rival group, according to one version, businessmen, according to the other. They spent time in a restaurant where one of the Shchyolkovskaya members, Braznikov, noticed them. After he informed his boss of the four. Bondartzkov and 10 "colleagues" with knives and firearms drove out to meet them. As the group of four exited the restaurant, a group of armed killed Kashirsky and Parkhomenko.
Zarubin was lucky, he escaped with his car covered in bullet holes and he was discovered by policemen who arrived at the scene. Aksenov was wounded and taken to the hospital. Fearing the testimony of the survivor, Matusov’s gang decided to eliminate him. With the help of the group doctor and surgeon of the hospital, Murad Kazhlaev, the bandits were able to find out the specific location of Aksenov, who was guarded by police officers. Rozhnev climbed onto the windowsill outside the hospital building and shot Aksenov to death through the window of the intensive care unit on the first floor.
Friendship with Kingisepp
There were a few factions that Matusov's Schyolkovskaya gang members actively cooperated with, notably the Kingiseppskaya gang from the Leningrad region. Leningrad gang was headed by former boxers Sergei Finagin (Finn) and Imran Ilyasov.
Schelkovskaya and Kingiseppskaya OCGs both specialized contract killings and kidnappings. They targeted not only businessmen, but also other criminal authorities, who they demanded large sums of money from, then beat and killed them, dumping their corpses in the forest near Moscow. In 2009, the police found the graves of 15 victims of the Shchyolkovskaya group.
The gangs helped each other carry out jobs, conducted joint operations and even exchanged killers. One case led to the groups’ major problems.
First, Kingiseppskaya received orders from the former chairman of the board of directors of the bank Russian Capital, Georgy Safiyev, considered one of the founders of the organized crime group. Later, Igor Izmestyev, senator from Bashkortostan, ordered a hit on Yuri Bushev, the founder and owner of Bashneft, however this turned out to cause hard consequences for the whole group. Izmestyev is now serving a life sentence for organizing the murder.
The group tried to assasinate Bushuev twice. The first attempt was made by Shchyolkovskaya on July 5, 2002, with an explosive device, based on a MON-50 mine, hidden in the victim's car. Pegas and another OCG member, Alexei Kulikov failed in their attempt the homemade bomb exploded while they were installing it on Bogoslovsky Lane in Moscow. Kulikov died as a result.
The second time, Kingiseppskaya members decided to kill Bushuev in 2004. The assassin was former submarine officer Alexander Pumane. However, he too failed, when he fell into the hands of the police even before he could set the bomb. He was beaten to death during interrogation by police.
A year later law enforcement agencies detained Pumane's accomplice Alexander Ivanov, who confessed to five murders. By 2007 almost all the members of the Kingiseppskaya OCG had been detained and found themselves in prison, including Finagin, Ilyasov and Izmestiev. 16 members of the group received between 4.5 and 19 years in prison, two managed to obtain an acquittal in court, and the ex-senator received a life sentence.
Members from Shchyolkovskaya managed to avoid punishment due to conspiracy, but they, as well, made a mistake.
In 2006, a businessman addressed the Moscow Office for Combating Organized Crime, announced his own kidnapping. According to him, he owed Igor Rozhnev a lot of money. Shchyolkovskaya members would have killed him, but the businessman was able to escape from his captors.
Based on these testimonies, the Investigative Committee was able to find the trail of the killers from Biokombinat. In 2009, the members of the OCG began to be arrested. In 2011, law enforcement officers were able to deliver seven of Matusov's gang, including Bondartzkov and Rozhnev, to court.
Investigators found out that 60 murders were associated with Shchyolkovskaya, including a triple murder in the village of Sverdlovskiy in 1996. By the verdict of the Moscow Regional Court, Bondartzkov and Rozhnev received 19 and 15 years respectively, the statute of limitations didn’t even save them.
The court decided give Boldaris and Pegas the death penalty for murder regardless of the statute of limitations.
The remaining members of the gang received 9 to 10 years of imprisonment. Later, some managed to have their sentences reduced: Bondartkov to 14 years, while Rozhnev was not lucky; for his connection with the Kingiseppskaya gang, his punishment was extended to 21 years.
Some even managed to avoid prosecution, among them doctor Murad Kazhlaev. In addition to providing medical services to members of the gang, the surgeon was also responsible for the common fund of the Shchyolkovskaya gang. In 2013, the Moscow Regional Court
dismissed the case against him in connection with the expiration of the statute of limitations of the crime.
Another important member of the group Oleg Rogatin is still wanted. Matusov disappeared to Thailand for some time to escape prosecution, but not for long.
Deportation and the court
In June 2014, Thai police detained a drunken man on a moped traveling in the oncoming lane on the outskirts of the resort town of Sattahip. After checking databases, it was found that the heavy man, driving a scooter in his underpants was Matusov, who had been living using forged documents. His capture was reported to Russia and he was subsequently deported. In Russia he faced a 15-year prison sentence for committing several assassination attempts and for his complicity in several murders.
The Moscow Regional Court considered the case of the head of the Shchyolkovskaya OCG in the summer of 2015. The battle between the prosecutor's office and the court interfered with the speedy proceedings. The Mosсow regional court constantly returned the case to the supervisory authority for correction of procedural errors. The OCG leader’s term of detention was constantly extended.
The defense tried to appeal against the decisions, referring to violations of the requirements of the European Court of Human Rights. Matusov spent more than 2.5 years in the prison waiting for his court date and was denied bail of 5 million rubles. The case was taken up in February 2016.
On June 15, 2017, there was a really unexpected turn of events when he was acquitted and released. The jury, which could be gathered only on the third call, found him innocent in the case of the murder of three people in the village of Sverdlovskyi. On July 5, the Moscow Regional Court was forced to agree with the jury's decision and rendered a final decision on Matusov's innocence.
In addition to building up his own organized crime group, in the early 1990s, Matusov was also engaged in formal entrepreneurial activities.
In total, six companies were registered to Matusov in different years. In November 1994, he established LLC YOUTH-5, which prior to its liquidation in 2011 was engaged in vehicle repair and trade. The list of founders of the company included Matusov's accomplices, Rozhnev and Oleg Rogatin, as well as some Alexei Samokhin. The latter are still engaged in entrepreneurial freight activities. Some companies, for example, LLC Biota and Consul M, have not specified their activities.
Several companies were registered by his accomplices, such as LLC «Perspektiva-2», which in 2011 owned a market in one of the areas of Biokombinat. Now it belongs to Oleg Rogatin’s sons, Sergei and Denis.
Permits for the construction and lease of land for this and other markets in the area where given by the former head of the rural settlement Aniskinskoye Viktor Zatserkovny. Biokombinat is administratively subordinate to him.
Rogatin himself was a driver at Zatserkovny. Thanks to this acquaintance Shchyolkovskaya’s companies were given good market areas. For example, for LLC "Tecton," Matusov was called the head of the company, but its founders are Elena Bondartzkova and Svetlana Zatserkovnaya. Now it belongs to Oleg Rogatin and Alexei Lakhin. The latter was involved in a fairly large number of companies, one way or another associated with Matusov and his business.
At the moment, Reverse LLC (registered in 2008) continues to operate. The company specializes in leasing and managing its own or leased property. It also belongs to Alexei Lakhin and Oleg Rogatin.
Shchelkovskaya members did not like Komsomolskaya Pravda’s publication about the connection of the district head with Matusov’s business. Through the court they obtained a refutation of information about the connection between Perspektiva-2 and Zatserkovny with bandits from the 1990s. Zatserkovny himself even received compensation for moral damage in the amount of 10 thousand rubles.
Although there is still a LLC "Skvatter", which belongs to Denis Olegovich Rogatin (probably Oleg Rogatin’s son) and Alexei Lakhin. The company was opened in 2003. Among the former founders - Alexander Matusov, and among the directors - Sergei Victorovich Zatserkovny (probably the son of the head of the settlement).
As for Matusov himself, he had a business or was in the Kursk region for some time - two companies were registered in his name there. For example, LLC Anahit, which provided hairdressing services and is currently in the process of liquidation.
The second company - LLC "Reserve" - was registered in 2015, according to the USRLE. She is engaged in wholesale trade of live animals. In 2015, the company reported revenue of 23 million rubles.