An authority from Surgut, Evgeniy Koshchei, refused the role of “overseeing” the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. A source close to law enforcement agencies reported this to URA.RU.
After the death in 2020 of thief in law Vladimir Zyatkov, who “looked after” the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, this position was taken by a local authority, Andrei Bratyna, who was convicted three times for theft and robbery. But a year later, a split occurred in the criminal world. Some groups began to actively join the business, which local authorities did not like. But the thief in law Razhidin Mihraliev (Radzhik Nizhnevartovsky), who was convicted three times for drugs and robbery, took the side of the “businessmen”, who called himself “watching” the district, without coordinating this with the local criminals. Conflicts escalated, and in the criminal world they tried to find a candidate who would suit everyone. “In the spring, the issue of appointing Zhenya Koshchei, who is currently serving an eight-year sentence in a maximum security colony for extortion, was actively discussed. Koschey was an alternative. Some respected people believed that he would be able to resolve conflicts between factions that began after the death of Zyatok. But in the fall, Koschei announced that he was refusing the offer,” the source said.
According to the source, Koshchei was forced to renounce his claims to the “supervisor.” The reason was his entrepreneurial background. Before his arrest, he was engaged in business. “The main reason for the disagreements between the groups began after businessmen began to get involved in the criminal world of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. Many authorities from the district did not want to do business with people who put profit at the forefront. The locals were afraid that Koschey would also put everything on a commercial footing, having rich entrepreneurial experience behind him. So they advised him not to get involved in the fight for the position of the “in-charge,” the interlocutor added.
Earlier, URA.RU reported that a new favorite for the role of a crime boss had appeared in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. The candidate for the role of “supervisor” of the district was Evgeniy Koshchei, who is serving a sentence in a maximum security colony.