Gangster Petersburg
13.11.2018 03:22 in a series of articles spoke in detail about the "Gangster suburbs." Now we touch the criminal world of St. Petersburg. To tell about all his "wars" is not enough and a huge book. In this publication, we will only touch on a small piece of the "gangster" gangster Petersburg. However, it will be clear from the above story where the sources of the two high-profile murders come from - Roman Tsepov and Badri Shengelia.

The decline of the “night governor” of St. Petersburg, Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin, occurred in 2007. In fact, Coumarin got burned on nonsense due to the lack of a sense of self-preservation. Capturing the Petersburg Yard restaurant in the middle of the 2000s in the very center of the northern capital, on the scale of the Tambov activities, it was a mere trifle, the “businessman” Kumarin passed a death sentence for himself. The 14-year sentence, which the 54-year “authority” received, is unlikely to allow him to ever be released alive. As it turned out, the owner of the restaurant was Natalia Shpakova, a friend of St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matvienko. According to, it was this fact that became decisive during the landing of the investigative-operational assault at Pulkovo airport in August 2007.

The hastily initiated criminal case was still conducted by representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office, and the operational support was under the authority of the Interior Ministry officers, together with the Federal Security Service. There were only two episodes of raider attacks in the materials. One touched the Petersburg Yard at the corner of Nevsky Prospect and Pushkin Square, the second - the Smolninsky Shop on Nevsky Prospect itself. But in September of the same 2007 an Investigation Committee was created at the Prosecutor’s Office. The Kumarin case becomes the first high-profile case of the new investigative body, and Oleg Pipchenkov is appointed to lead the investigative-operational team.

According to sources, Pipchenkov zealously got down to business. While still working in the Moscow Prosecutor's Office, he specialized specifically on gangsters, authorities and organized criminal communities. He knew how to work with this contingent of people not by hearsay and was not distinguished by particular liberalism. His subordinates very quickly found out that the criminal activity of the “Tambov group” was not limited to the seizure of two objects. New episodes began to appear in the case, including a number of contract killings and participation in the affairs of the Barsukov-Kumarin group of high-ranking St. Petersburg security officials and representatives of the city administration.

Oleg Pipchenkov managed to win over Oleg Makovoz and Badri Shengelia, who later became the main witnesses for the prosecution. Both at one time were close to Kumarin and both agreed to a deal with the investigation. But if the interest of Badri Shengelia, who was also accused of raider seizures, was to get the least punishment in court, then St. Petersburg policemen accused Oleg Makovoz of a whole series of contract killings. And the court managed to sentence him to 23 years in prison. And this is serious. However, the very first check of the materials collected in the Makovoz case made investigators from Moscow to doubt the lawful actions of the St. Petersburg law enforcement agencies.

According to, Oleg Makovoz’s bad luck streak began in the early 2000s when he was approached by a certain Alexey Mironov with a request to arrange a meeting with Roman Tsepov, head of the security company “Baltic Escort” (Tsepov Roman - a former guard Anatoly Sobchak, known for his close ties with Vladimir Putin, died in 2004, according to a doctor’s conclusion from poisoning. The essence of the question that Alexey Mironov planned to discuss with Tsepov was to help appoint his person to the position of head of Astrakhan-Gazprom, a subsidiary of the Russian gas monopolist. Tsepov answered positively, but refused to meet with Mironov, and asked for five and a half million dollars for his services. All negotiations passed through Makovoz, which transferred money and was the guarantor of the fulfillment of all obligations.

Sources of in the special services said that Tsepov had decided about questions about his appointment to Gazprom and its subsidiaries through the vice-chairman of the security board of the gas monopolist Sergey Lukash. Mironov knew this. By early 2003, he began to get nervous. The money was transferred, the necessary appointment did not take place, and in February, among other things, it became known that Sergei Lukash was dismissed from his post.

Responsibility for the refund, naturally, fell on Makovoz. On this ground, a conflict broke out between him and Roman Tsepov. Tsepov refused to return the money. Instead, he organizes an attempt on Makovoz (Criminal case No. 2-30 / 06) But the murder breaks down, and its organizer Denis Dolgushin and the performers of some Y. Sudnev and the Bobylev brothers are arrested.

Dolgushin during the investigation does not last long and is recognized in the still whole bouquet of contract killings. Another person involved appears in the case, he is the customer - Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin, on whose instructions these crimes were committed. But in February-March 2004, according to, Kumarin is organized to meet with Dolgushin right in the premises of the Central Internal Affairs Directorate in St. Petersburg, after which Dolgushin changes his testimony and, in some miraculous way, instead of “Kum”, the customer of all the murders becomes Oleg Makovoz. And the operational support of the high-profile case is personally led by the then head of the St. Petersburg criminal police Vladislav Piotrovsky.

In 2008, the investigation team of the UPC, headed by Oleg Pipchenkov, will find a forgery in the case file of Makovoz. The charges of killing four people will be removed from the latter, taken under state protection, and a bloody trail will also appear in the case of the “night governor of St. Petersburg”.


To be continued


Rustam Konoplev