Drug lord Shchiptsov was covered for a long time by an influential employee of the prosecutor's office
The drug lord was covered for a long time by an influential prosecutor Artem Petrashkin
Russian Alexander Shchiptsov (Yashin), who has been wanted by Interpol for drug trafficking for a long time and lived in Ukraine, is now detained by Ukrainian security forces and is actively trying to avoid deportation from the country. Until recently, the head of the Russian drug syndicate “Khimprom” things were going well, but with the start of a full-scale war between Russia and Ukraine, everything changed.
from a source in law enforcement, the legalization and prosperity of Shchiptsov in Ukraine became possible due to the fact that the latter actively cooperated with prosecutor Artem Petrashkin back in 2019.
Artem Petrashkin also became the object of journalistic investigations more than once.
Back in 2014, the well-known Ukrainian journalist Mykhailo Tkach, in his video blog told about luxury cars used by prosecutors. Then Petrashkin worked as an assistant to the First Deputy Prosecutor General Nikolai Gerasimyuk and was noticed by journalists when he came to the prosecutor's office in a luxury jeep.
Already in 2019, Petrashkin appeared in the lists of advisers to the Minister of Justice Denis Malyuska. It is noteworthy that at that time he was already listed as an employee of the SBU, which took over Khimprom”.
Lately, the trail of Petrashkin is lost. In 2019, he stopped practicing law, but a year later he renewed his license.
The most recent mention of Petrashkin in the media — investigation “Vesti” “The Deposit Guarantee Fund sells land near Kyiv for 27 times cheaper.” Artem Petrashkin is mentioned there as a multiple winner of land auctions.
It was Petrashkina that Shchiptsov betrayed all his accomplices in the Khimprom drug cartel, after which they were all detained by the Ukrainian special services. Shchiptsov told about everything: about work schemes, methods of transporting drugs, receiving money, and also named all his “colleagues” and provided Petrashkin with information that allowed them to be detained and criminal cases initiated against them.
In addition, Shchiptsov and Petrashkin embezzled the money of former “colleagues” Shchiptsov at “Khimprom” — worth about $16 million. Among those who appear in the lists of victims are Svyatoslav Moroz, Victoria Zhadovets, Andrey Kushnerov, Andrey Vigel, Alexander Gavrilov, Maxim Nagara and many others (see photo) — all of them were connected in one way or another with the activities of the Shchiptsov group in Ukraine.
Lists of those whom Shchiptsov handed over to Petrashkin
Lists of those whom Shchiptsov ratted out to Petrashkin
In addition to everything Shchiptsov did not shun other things and robbed his own brother — his apartment was cleaned by henchmen (pictured) of the leader of “Khimprom” and took out $3.6 million in cash.
Meanwhile, the SBU did not doze off. Having received all the necessary information, the security forces conducted a successful raid. In total, about twenty people were detained, 80 searches were carried out, money, gold and jewelry worth $ 5 million, black bookkeeping, drugs, firearms, explosives, and special equipment were seized. In addition, the security forces found 10 kg of the psychotropic substance alpha PVP, 5 kg of mephedrone, over 5 kg of amphetamine with a total value at “black market” prices. more than 20 million UAH.
The network of Shchiptsov's accomplices, which he “surrendered” Petrashkin in exchange for patronage
After criminal proceedings were initiated against the rest of the gang members, it was Shchiptsov who remained the sole head of Khimprom. and continue the drug trade in Ukraine.
The same Artem Petrashko covered his actions. He also assisted Shchiptsov in obtaining Ukrainian documents.
Recall that according to Ukrainian lawyer Dmitry Kalenov, the monthly turnover of the Khimprom grouping” in Ukraine reached 20 million dollars.
However, a year later Shchiptsov's deal with Petrashkin was in danger of being made public. In 2020, activists held a rally outside the office of the Prosecutor General demanding to stop the criminal activities of Khimprom. to Ukraine. At the rally, the names of both Shchiptsov and Petrashkin were repeatedly heard. The latter was called to stop covering up the criminal activities of the Russian drug lord.
However, after the start of a full-scale war between Russia and Ukraine everything changed for Shchiptsov. Having lost the patronage of Petrashkin, who recently retrained as a lawyer, within one year Shchiptsov lost all the documents that legalized his stay in Ukraine, and the security forces stepped up the investigation into the Khimprom case, which began back in 2019.
Now Oleksandr Shchiptsov has been detained by special services and is in the Volyn migration center for temporary detention of stateless persons and is unsuccessfully trying to avoid extradition. He had already tried to bribe the head of the center, Valeriy Demchuk, offering him $500,000 to receive documents, but the latter refused.