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"Killing business": the investigation of the criminal case of illegal arms trafficking has been completed

06.05.2021
The Main Investigation Department completed the investigation of the criminal case on the fact of illegal actions with firearms.

During the investigation, it was established that a 41-year-old citizen of the Russian Federation in September last year on the territory of his country acquired for further sale two Kalashnikov assault rifles, six pistols, two silencers, cartridges, a hand grenade fuse, and a hand fragmentation grenade body.

In early September, a Russian traveled to Belarus in a personal car with an arsenal in it, after which he hid weapons and ammunition in a cache in the Minsk region.

To realize his intention, the man entered into an agreement with 25 and 23-year-old citizens of Minsk, while clearly defining the roles of each. The latter organized a search for a buyer for a fee, negotiated, determined the time, place, method of transferring firearms, their components and ammunition. The organizer announced the price.

In order to attract buyers, the organizer of the "arms business" took a photograph of a pistol. Subsequently, one of the accomplices in the Telegram messenger created a private group in which advertisements for the sale of weapons and ammunition were posted. For greater coverage, announcements were duplicated in destructive telegram channels, and members of the criminal group were in active correspondence with a potential buyer, during which the specific cost of the product, the procedure and conditions for its receipt were announced.

The defendants failed to realize their criminal intent, as their actions were suppressed by law enforcement officers. The organizer was detained near a cache on the territory of the Minsk region near the Lider MHOC, and later the rest of the participants were also identified. The investigator examined a section of the terrain, during which a bag with ammunition was seized. The necessary expert studies have been assigned to the seized objects.

A number of forensic examinations were carried out in the central office of the State Committee of Forensic Examinations. Based on the results of forensic ballistic examinations, it was established that pistols and machine guns were made in a homemade way by making changes to the design and belong to rifled firearms. The investigated cartridges and devices for silent firing, based on the results of forensic examinations, relate, respectively, to ammunition for rifled firearms and components of firearms. Also, forensic geneticists of the central office of the State Committee of Forensic Examinations revealed the coincidence of the genotype of the detained citizen with the biological material identified at the objects seized during the inspection of the scene of the incident. The investigators studied and attached to the materials of the criminal case and other conclusions of forensic examinations. Investigators examined and examined the contents of the men's mobile phones, and questioned witnesses.


According to the results of the investigation, all the defendants were charged under part 1 of article 14, part 3 of article 295 (attempted illegal sale of firearms, ammunition, explosive devices, components of firearms, committed repeatedly by a group of persons by prior conspiracy) of the Criminal Code Of the Republic of Belarus, in addition to this, the organizer, a 41-year-old citizen of the Russian Federation, was charged under Part 2 of Article 295 (illegal acquisition, storage, transportation and carrying of firearms, ammunition, explosive devices, illegal acquisition, transportation and carrying of components of firearms) and part 1 of article 333-1 (illegal movement across the State border of the Republic of Belarus of firearms, its components, ammunition, explosive devices) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus.

The investigation has been completed; the criminal case has been transferred to the prosecutor for referral to the court.

Information and Public Relations Department
Department of Interaction with Mass Media of the Central Office of the State Committee of Forensic Examinations