Gang member Zafardzhon Gulyamov in court, 9 Aug 18

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Gang member Zafardzhon Gulyamov within the Moscow Regional Court docket

4 gunmen who robbed and killed 17 drivers on motorways round Moscow have been jailed for all times.

Russian media nicknamed the killers – Central Asian migrants – the “Grand Theft Auto” gang, after a well-liked laptop sport mimicking gang violence.

Within the night time assaults spikes have been scattered on roads, forcing drivers to cease and get out. The gang then shot them and stole their belongings.

4 different gang members died final yr whereas making an attempt to flee from custody.

On 1 August final yr they overpowered two guards escorting them in a raise, and grabbed their weapons, however the guards managed to alert colleagues who opened fireplace when the raise doorways opened.

Three died on the spot, and a fourth in hospital 11 days later. One survived and was among the many gang members sentenced on Thursday.

The motorway ambushes happened in and round Moscow and in Kaluga area, southwest of the capital, in 2012-2014. In addition to the 4 jailed for all times, a fifth was jailed for 20 years.

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Umar Khasanov (C) and three others received life phrases

The primary arrests happened in November 2014, when the suspected gang chief from Uzbekistan, Ibaydullo Subkhanov, was traced to Udelnaya village in Ramensky district south-east of Moscow. Police killed him in an alternate of fireside.

9 gang members have been arrested in subsequent days. However a number of stay at giant.

The violent online game Grand Theft Auto units gamers challenges primarily based on gangland crime – by efficiently finishing missions they climb up the legal hierarchy.

Regardless of some media experiences linking the gang to jihadists overseas, Russian investigators imagine that they have been intent solely on enriching themselves.

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