2020-01-17 17:59:00

'God Kuzya' accomplices detained in Moscow

Moscow, January 17, Interfax - Law enforcement officials in Moscow have detained adepts of the so-called 'God Kuzya' in a 15 million ruble fraud case, Russian Interior Ministry spokesperson Irina Volk told Interfax on Friday.

"Investigators from the Main Investigative Directorate of the Main Department of the Russian Interior Ministry for Moscow, in cooperation with officials from the extremist prevention center of the Russian Interior Ministry's Department for Moscow and Russian Federal Security Service officials, have detained members of a destructive group," Volk said.

The preliminary investigation into the case, which involves fraud, as well as the creation of a non-commercial organization infringing on citizens' personality and rights and involvement in its activities, was completed in November 2017, she said. "Police officials have determined that the organizer of the association, who calls himself 'God Kuzya,' and his accomplices stole money from aggrieved parties by fraud under the pretext of conducting rituals and raising money for the construction of churches," Volk said.

The leader of the group and his three accomplices were found guilty of these crimes in July 2018.

Materials against seven members of the group were separated from the others, and they were placed on the federal wanted persons list.

"Law enforcement officials have now detained the suspects. According to available information, the suspects engaged in illegal activities from 2007 to 2015. In total, more than 15 million rubles were stolen from 15 aggrieved parties," Volk said.

Four people implicated in the case are under travel restrictions and obligations of good behavior. Another three have been detained.

A decision on restrictive measures for them is pending.