A court has recognized the evidence gathered by the fifth investigations department of the Main Investigations Directorate of the Russia’s Investigative Committee sufficient to convict former chief sports expert of the Novosibirsk Region Administration Alexander Solodkin, former vice-mayor of Novosibirsk Alexander Solodkin and former deputy head of the regional office of the Federal Drug Control Service Andrey Andreyev. Depending on the role of each one they were found guilty of crimes under part 3 of article 30, article 105. Part 2 of article 210, part 5 of article 33, part 3 of article 210, article 167, parts 3 and 4 of article 159 of the RF Penal Code (attempted murder, membership in a criminal community, deliberate destruction or damage of property, fraud)
The investigators and court revealed that occupying different positions senior Solodkin influenced the activity of business entities of the city having opportunity to redistribute flows of funds. Sometime later junior Solodkin also started to use his official position as Novosibirsk Deputy Mayor to enrich the criminal group. Solodkins’ role in the group was to find and them control businesses, getting from them illegal profit, which was the financial source of the group. As state officials they also made and supported contacts with authorities and security agencies, who if necessary protected them from criminal prosecution. The Solodkins did not hesitate to take part in showdowns. Namely, according to investigators, the father was involved in an attempted murder of a businessman while his son is charged with arson of a car and frauds.
As for the former deputy head of the regional office of the Federal Drug Control Service Andreyev, he also committed different crimes as a member of the criminal group.
The crimes committed by father and son Solodkins were not solved for a long time because they had tremendous influence in the city. But everything got changed after the Investigative Committee was established. The joint work of investigators and operative units was activated which resulted in the catch of all members of Trunovskaya criminal group, most of whom are serving their time in prison.
During the investigation, over 140 forensic inquiries, including medical, biological, chemical, dactylographic, ballistic, computer, pyrotechnical ones were carried out. Over 1,500 people were questioned as witnesses. The case has over 200 volumes of records.
The court has sentenced A.N Solodkin to 6 years to be served in a minimum-security penal colony and a fire of 1 million 200 thousand rubles, A.A. Solodkin to 8 years 6 months in a minimum-security penal colony and a fine of 505 thousand rubles, Andreyev to 11 years in a maximum-security penal colony and a fine of 805 thousand rubles.
Head of Media Relations V.I. Markin