Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Jailed Russian Gangster trades caviar for solitary confinement

One of Russia's most infamous gangsters and murderers, Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence, has been placed in solitary confinement after photos of him receiving privileged treatment circulated on the Internet.

Tsepovyaz was a member of the notorious Tsapok gang, which terrorized a rural farming community in southern Russia from the late 1990s until 2010.
Members of the gang were found guilty of scores of kidnappings, robberies, and a series of murders, including the brutal slaying of a wealthy farmer and 11 other people in 2010 that provoked a national outcry. It became known as the Kushchyovskaya massacre. The case sparked more controversy after investigations revealed the group's strong ties to local Russian officials.

Tsepovyaz's lawyer criticized the decision, saying that it was made "for unclear reasons."

Notorious gang leader Sergei Tsapok died in prison in 2010.