«He knew the details of the investigation»: how MOORE developed the gang of major Savchenko

© RIA Novosti / I. Bahinipati in fotobanken traffic police on the street in Moscow«He knew the details of the investigation»: how MOORE developed the gang of major Savchenko© RIA Novosti / I. Bahinipati the image Bank

The murder of the cashier of the Studio, attacks on taxi drivers, theft with the automobile plant and the bloody hunt for collectors in the mid — 1980s in Moscow wielded a very brutal gang, which was led by police major Viktor Savchenko. All the crimes were carefully planned, and marksmanship skills honed on the first counter. To the 100 anniversary of the Moscow criminal investigation Department RIA Novosti tells how capital field investigators have calculated the seemingly elusive criminals.

Cloak Shtirlitsa

In the summer of 1985 someone had snuck into the Central Gorky film Studio, disabled the alarm, picked the locks and stole valuable props. In addition, the extraction of robbers became five revolvers the Revolver, which was stored in the safe and was intended for the guards.

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«We carefully examined the crime scene concluded that the robbery was committed by someone in your organization, and the break-in was faked, says RIA Novosti former head of the criminal investigation Department of Babushkinsky district Department of internal Affairs the Colonel of militia Alexander Frolov. Gradually checked each employee».

The robbery caused a stir among the staff and actors. A few days later, the cinematic community and all were shocked — in his apartment in the North-East of Moscow shot dead a film Studio accountant Valentina Telenkova. Of the house gone the keys to the company safe, which contained the salary of the staff, and all the money he lost.

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Operatives of the Mur, connected to the investigation, interrogated the guards. The two admitted that a few days ago during working hours came to them the chief of the guard Vyacheslav Evstratov and offered a drink of vodka. After the feast he released early slave houses, and he remained on duty.

This information is of interest to the police, and to Evstratova decided to look better. But he suddenly took a vacation and went to relatives in Tambov oblast. It immediately sent a team from Petrovka. The captain of the guard not caught — early in the morning he and a friend went fishing.

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«My partner and I hid on the path leading to his house, and fell asleep, recalls in an interview with RIA Novosti former senior operative «homicide» Moore Lieutenant Colonel of militia Sergey Pikalov. — Woke up when we passed by a suspect. On his belt hung a huge knife. I called him and introduced myself. He immediately tensed. Then we went to the trick and said that a wanted missing from the Studio cloak of Stirlitz, and from him as from the head of the guard, urgently waiting for an explanation.»

Evstratov «bought» and followed by police. On the way, he was visibly nervous, but tried not to submit. However, the strange behavior was not lost on the trained gaze of the Opera. At that time they were sure that the suspect left the capital is no accident.

«Brought it to the office, was placed in a cell, reported to the authorities and received the command «to prick,» continues Pikalov. — During the interrogation I said that it is not in the cloak of Stirlitz. It’s much more serious. Evstratov, that is, floated and began to testify.»

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He confessed to the murder of Telenkova, calling the direct perpetrator of Kostomarov, who was detained the same night. He was more talkative and spoke in detail about the whole gang that killed about ten people. It was led by a traffic police inspector, police major Viktor Savchenko.

Live target

Savchenko and Evstratov met back in the seventies, and lived in the same house. Vyacheslav worked in the paramilitary guard of the automobile, and the Victor wore a police uniform. «In 1981, they began to steal from the company of scarce spare parts (shock absorbers, radios, etc.). The value of the stolen goods reached several thousand, but the bandits that wasn’t enough, says RIA Novosti former investigator for particularly important cases of the Moore police Lieutenant Colonel Igor Vasiliev. — Then Savchenko somewhere got hold of a gun and planned to Rob the carriers of money of one of the suburban garrisons».

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Collectors tracked down a few months. In preparation for the RAID, Evstratov decided to check whether he has enough spirit to kill a man. «Training» is successful — at first he shot and killed a suburban taxi driver and then a truck driver. The first bandit stole only 30 rubles, and the second stolen car. To implement his plan was prevented by a policeman who stopped him for checking documents. Evstratov was nervous, pulled out a revolver, shot the officer and fled. Criminal undertaking had to be temporarily postponed.

«In the end, the bandits still pulled off some successful attacks. The scheme was simple: they are in the form of employees of GAI stopped the collectors and asked them to get out of the salon, and then coolly shot — says Vasilyev. One of the attacks ended in the murder of four people.»

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In 1985, Evstratova was appointed head of the guard in the Central Gorky film Studio. After a couple of weeks, the criminals had a plan: to kill the cashier and steal the money intended to pay the actors. «A responsible job» instructed Vladimir Kostomarov, recently joined the gang. Posing as a district, he entered the apartment, shot the victim in the back and stole the keys to the safe.

Criminal Quartet

Before investigators got on Evstratova, all the theft, robberies and murders committed by the gang, was investigated separately. Then they were United into one. Latest arrested Savchenko, taking him for the work. Because of him the raiders for a long time avoided punishment, as he was well aware of investigative activities and provided accomplices police uniform.

«Savchenko was the brains, but the «affair» never went. Only commanded, explains Pikalov. — All the dirty work was done by Evstratov, distinguished by extreme cruelty. He was so textured, medium height, no neck, eyes, hands to the knee. A real sadist. Favorite pastime — put to the wall mistress Elena and shoot from a revolver next to her head.»

© Photo : courtesy heroes publicatienummer Kostomarov«He knew the details of the investigation»: how MOORE developed the gang of major Savchenko© Photo : courtesy heroes publicatienummer Kostomarovskaya girl was also involved in several crimes. During interrogations, each of the detainees tried to shift the blame to the associates. The Prosecutor’s office has opened a criminal investigation is very rare in the time article «Gangsterism». The court found that major for the money «leaked» information about the elusive gang of the Western press. In the end, Savchenko, Evstratova and Kostomarov was sentenced to death. Girlfriend Evstratova received six years in prison.

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