Tambov Gang

Tambov Gang

The Tambov Gang (in Russian: Тамбовская преступная группировка) is a large gang of Saint Petersburg, Russia. According to common allegations, it was organized in St. Petersburg in 1988 by two men from Tambov Oblast, Vladimir Kumarin and Valery Ledovskikh. The gang is named after their region of origin, Tambov Oblast. Despite very common allegations of involvement [http://www.jamestown.org/publications_details.php?volume_id=24&issue_id=2084&article_id=18648 The Jamestown Foundation ] ] , Kumarin continues to deny his involvement. Originally the gangsters were recruited from people of Tambov origin and sportsmen, and were engaged in a protection racket.

It has become famous in the city after commentaries of Alexander Nevzorov in his 600 seconds daily TV program broadcast on the city television.

In 1989 the gang clashed with Malyshev's Gang, another leading criminal group of Leningrad, in a bloody armed conflict. In 1990 some of the gangsters including Kumarin himself were imprisoned for racket, but Kumarin was released from prison in 1993.

In 19931995 an internal war between subdivisions of the Tambov Gang developed. On June 11994 Kumarin survived a murder attempt in his car but was severely wounded and lost his arm. He continued his recovery in Duesseldorf (Germany) and Switzerland. By 1995 allegedly he had taken full control over the gang again.

By then the gang had incorporated some of the racketed businesspeople and become interested in investment and fuel trading effectively evolving into a mafia. It also helped organizing several private guard enterprises. Some of the gangsters allegedly became members of the State Duma and Saint Petersburg Legislative Assembly. [ [http://eng.expert.ru/society/new10.htm 2002 - #15(322) - Expert - Society - Not a word about the past ] ] Even speaker of the Assembly Viktor Novosyolov gave it his support and maintained close relationships with Kumarin. [ [http://www.jamestown.org/publications_details.php?volume_id=24&issue_id=1936&article_id=17927 The Jamestown Foundation ] ] , [ [http://www.cdi.org/russia/johnson/3640.html Research Topics ] ] In 1998 Kumarin became Deputy President of the Petersburg Fuel Company (PTK), the dominating fuel trading company in the city, organized by the Saint Petersburg City Administration back in 1994, when it united many of the gang's fuel trading assets as well as Surgutneftegaz former franchises. Kumarin was also allegedly linked to Vladimir Smirnov [Roth, Jürgen. Die Gangster aus dem Osten. Hamburg: Europa Verlag, 2003. ISBN 3203815265] , the head and a resident of the Ozero condominium. Together they co-organized several private guard enterprises and headed PTK. [ [http://www.anticompromat.ru/oligarhi/ppo.html Антикомпромат.Ру. Олигархи. Происхождение путинской олигархии ] ]

However, in autumn 1999 positions of the gang started deteriorating again. Viktor Novosyolov was decapitated by an explosion in his car on October 20. Some of its most important members were imprisoned or killed. Kumarin left his position of PTK Deputy President.

The Tambov Gang now includes several hundred active members.

In August 2001 Interior Minister of Russia Boris Gryzlov claimed that the Tambov Gang controlled up to 100 industrial enterprises in Saint Petersburg, including the Petersburg Fuel Company, leading fuel retailing operator in the city, as well as four main sea ports of Northwestern Russia, Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Arkhangelsk and Murmansk. , [ [http://www.jamestown.org/print_friendly.php?volume_id=24&issue_id=2082&article_id=18637 The Jamestown Foundation ] ]

On January 162007 Prosecutor General of Russia Yury Chaika announced that the Tambov Gang had recently forcefully taken over 13 large enterprises in Saint Petersburg and was subject to an investigation. [http://news.spbland.ru/i/22598/] , [ [http://www.gazeta.ru/news/social/2007/01/16/n_1024654.shtml Генпрокурор: арестованы 27 членов тамбовской ОПГ | Газета.Ru: Между тем ] ]

In June 2008 Spanish police arrested 20 members of the organization's Spanish branch. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7453388.stm BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Spain raids 'major Russian gang' ] ]


ee also

*Roman Tsepov
*Russian Mafia

External links

* Volkov, Vadim, [http://eng.expert.ru/society/new10.htm Not a word about the past] , Expert #15(322), 2002.
* Roth, Jürgen. Die Gangster aus dem Osten. Hamburg: Europa Verlag, 2003. ISBN 3203815265
* [http://www.rustrana.ru/article.php?nid=4965 Criminality in St. Petersburg] December 302004. ru icon

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