In Chelyabinsk Region, probe finished into 14 local citizens accused of oil theft

The Chelyabinsk Regional Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia has finished the investigation into 14 local citizens accused, depending on their involvement, of committing offences under Part 3 of Article 30, Paragraphs A and B of Part 4 of Article 158 (attempted theft and theft), Part 1 of Article 174.1 (legalization of monetary funds acquired as the result of a committed offence), and Paragraph B of Part 2 of Article 215.3 (unauthorized connection to oil pipelines) of the Criminal Code of Russia.

The investigation established that, during 2016-2017, the accused individuals had stolen over 8,000 tonnes of oil worth over 128 million rubles through illegal tie-in connections to the mail oil pipelines “Ufa—Petropavlovsk”, “Ufa—Omsk”, and “Nizhnevartovsk—Kurgan—Kuibyshev”. At the request of the investigator, the court ruled to arrest real estate property of the accused individuals: apartments, plots of land, cars, and money on bank accounts.

The Investigative Committee investigator performed a significant amount of work--over 10 forensic examinations were arranged and carried out: fingerprinting, chemical, biological, etc. Over 50 witnesses were interrogated. The scope of the performed investigative activities led to a conclusion that the accused were guilty of committing the offences.

Operational support for the probe was provided by officers of the Chelyabinsk Regional Directorate of the Federal Security Service of Russia and the Chelyabinsk Regional Main Directorate of the Ministry for Internal Affairs of Russia.

The investigators collected enough evidence for the criminal case to be transferred for the conclusion of an indictment.