Thestructure of the "Solntsevo" gang is the following:



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Solntsevo (Solncevo) group consists of four main groups:

  1. The group of leaders who head and manage the activity of the organization. It includes:


  1. Mikhailov Sergey (The main leader)

  2. Averin Viktor (The main leader)

  3. TAMM Arnold

  4. LYUSTARNOV Evgeny

  5. AVERIN Alexander

  6. Gennady SHAPOVALOV

  7. Sergei Russak

  8. Semyon Mogilevich


All of the above persons are included in the governing council. Their main functions are:


a) the creation of a criminal community strategy;

b) the settlement of internal and external conflicts;

c) the distribution of profits between the leaders;

d) the use of "obshchak" (common cash fund);

e) the direct management of the community (orders, punishment, promotion, etc.)

Besides, there is the so-called "small board", which is held in the intervals between meetings of the "big board" and the "big board" on which major decisions are taken.



  1. The group of internal and external security, the main function of which:

1. Intelligence and counterintelligence.

2. Commercial espionage.

3. Corrupting and the recruitment of civil employees and employees of government agencies.

4. Hostile confrontation structures.

5. Confronting police and justice. Intelligence and counterespionage



The above-mentioned group used legal services and lawyers, private security structures and private detectives (they use the former civil employees from various government departments). This group of leaders of the organization provides the necessary advice, analytical support and warns about the possible risks.

  1. combatgroup.

1. The planning and implementation of specific criminal acts (commonly associated with violence).

2. Active participation in gang wars and conflicts between the community and other criminal organizations.


The main criminal organizations (about 700 active members, such as :)

independent criminal organizations (1) (about 1000 active members)

  1. Leaders.

  2. Independent structures and structures of unknown status.

3. Brigade (5-20 people, 1 Leader + "soldiers").

4. Group of repeat offenders.

Participation in criminal activity of Solntsevo using its possibilities in exchange for part of profits.


  1. The independent organization,for example, do not need advice of MIKHAILOV about doing business, but they must pay to Solntsevo group. They can set up their own companies and represent their interests in case of conflict. In addition, during the conflicts they may present themselves as the part of Solntsevo.


This group is managed by leaders who, in turn, are members of the "strike force." They derive their income by committing ordered crimes and / or a crime for the benefit of the community. They extort money from individuals and legal entities ("money for protection").


  1. The activity of the financial group:

1. Money laundering.

2. Financial operations.

3. Participation in a precarious business.

4. Official commercial activity.


These financial institutions, which are protected by the "strike force" act only in the interests of the Solntsevo by addressing to financial advisers. They receive funds from the sub-"common fund" for business development, and transfer funds to the sub-"common fund" for use in legal and illegal activities to build companies, etc. Activities related to money laundering, is aimed on "common fund."



Solntsevo criminal group uses "common cash fund" which is managed by the leaders of the gang.

Main "common fund":


1. Accumulating money community.

2. Cash payments to personal accounts of leaders.

3. Corruption in the civil service of high level.


Community owns companies, banks, bank accounts, real estate and charity organizations.




  1. sub-“cash-fund

1. The accumulation of money (intermediate).

2. Wages of the community members (1000 - 2000 U.S. dollars).

3. Corruption in respect of ordinary civil employees (local police).

4. Ordinary expenses.

5. Charity organizations and banks.

6. They carry out the transfer of funds to the basic "common fund" as well as a group of foreign and domestic security.57

Lead in


The name of the group "Solntsevo originates from Solntsevo -the name of the southern district of Moscow, where it is based -. According to the Interpol National Central Bureau in Washington, Solntsevo group appeared in the Soviet era, when the government banished criminals Solntsevo, which at the time was a distant suburb of Moscow. Over time, the city grew and reached Solntsevo and resettled criminals founded a gang. 58In accordance with data obtained from another source before becoming a district of Moscow, Solntsevo was the adjoining city. Half of the oldest leaders of the group - are former athletes who trained in sport clubs of Solntsevo and played together cards. They began to take part in criminal activities, were imprisoned and, upon released, began to create small criminal groupings.59


In accordance with the information obtained from public sources, Mikhailov created Solntsevo gang together with Sergey Timofeev * ("Sylvester") in 1984 in Moscow. 60AVERIN and LYUSTARNOV began to create a team of card players (card fraud) in Vnukovo. They played on Mikhailov. In early 1988, the brigade consisted of 30 people. Around the same time came to use the word "roof" (criminal protection). Then they began to engage in robberies and extort money from street sellers.61


According to the data obtained from the Central Bureau of Interpol in Moscow, May 18, 1988 in Moscow, a group consisting of about 30 people attacked the police officers who arrested near the supermarket group of street scams. May 31,1988 in Moscow again police was attacked near the supermarket. On July 4, 1988, an armed clash with other criminal groups composed of people of Azerbaijani origin, in which several were injured happened .The same day in Moscow a group (about 150 people) made a series of hooligan acts.62

Power, which the organization had , began to attract other criminal groups, such as Kazan, Kuznetsk, Strogino, Tushino, Krasnogorsk, Zelenograd and small croups controlling different areas of Moskow.63 Then the group started to control other areas, such as Pushkino and "Vnukovo"airport surroundings. According to reports, Solntsevo group carried out its activities in close cooperation with the Taganka and Lyubertsy groups. In addition, they eliminated leaders of competing gangs, absorbed their members and gained control over their territories.64

Solntsevo group also had links with other criminal groups, such as Ismailovo, Arkhangelsk, Podolsk, Osetian and Vietnam.65

According to reports, the group had a private detective agency, the security company that provided bodyguard service, a network of informants within the police strukture66. It consisted of athletes, waiters and taxi drivers who participated in the robbery with the use of hypnotics chemicals, card fraud, street attacks, hijacking of vehicles and extorting money from street sellers. 67

In 1989, in the Solntsevo consisted of about 10 small teams, each consisting of 30 managers and 300-500 active members. Sergey Timofeev had his own organization called Orekhovo or Timofeev. Timofeev and Mikhailov were friends. Boris Antonov, the Athlete of "Sambo 70" also had a brigade, which consisted of about 30 people. Antonov worked with Timofeev. In 1989, Mikhailov and Timofeev were arrested, and Anton Mikhailov worked on until the release TIMOFEEV. Mikhailov ordered his organization to allow Solncevso group to disappear, and its members were asked to spread among other groups. In the period between 1989 and 1991., Solntsevo criminal activity was reduced to a minimum. In 1991, after the release of Mikhailov, all the leaders of his crews met with members of other teams (1000 people).Mikhailov divided Orekhovo grouping into 2 parts, one half he took to himself. TIMOFEEV remained in prison for over 6 months. In 1992, after the liberation, he held talks with Mikhailov. Mikhailov invited him to become the leader of one of the teams. Timofeev refused. TIMOFEEV gathered 10 organizations by the principle of the equality of their leaders, among them was Boris Antonov, Taganka group, whose leader Khaledov was nicknamed "Lip" (ICIS data is not available), and Lyuberetsy group. Timofeev was the leader, and Antonov - his right hand.

Mikhailov wanted to kill Timofeev to take control over Moscow region. He ordered Sergey Butorin (1) to organize the murder. 68

Analyst's Remark: Sergey Timofeev, "Sylvester" was declared dead in the explosion of bomb in the car in Moscow in 1994.69


(1) The citizen of Russia Butorin Sergey born November 9, 1964 in Russia. He is also known under the name of Yakim Carsliev , born on January 30, 1964, nicknamed "Osya," "Styopa", "Stepan", "Ostap" in respect of who the Interpol in Moscow on July 3, 2000 issued an international arrest warrant for organizing the murders committed in 1995-1998. 70 As you know, Butorin was also the organizer of the attempt on Boris Berezovsky, which resulted in 1994 in Moscow when his car was blown up. 71He is the leader of Orekhovo grup. 72 The members of this group were arrested. Butorin was arrested in Spain February 14, 2001. 73

Additional information may be obtained in accordance with the request made to the General Secretariat of Interpol.

By the end of 1989 the organization led by Mikhailov, Averin and Tamm Arnold controlled nearly whole Moscow. 74

In late 1992 - early 1993 in Austria and Germany there were several meetings between representatives of Colombian, Italian and Russian criminal groups whose purpose was to solve problems related to traffic of cocaine. Ivankov asked Antonov to take control of the traffic of cocaine from Colombia to Russia, but Antonov refused doing this. Then the control of cocaine traffic was supervised by Mikhailov 75 .

Around 1993, due to increased pressure from law enforcement, Mikhailov and AVERIN went to Vienna, arriving with 10 suitcases, which contained 40 million shillings. Upon arrival to Vienna, at the airport they were met by three vehicles belonging to the Russian embassy. Mikhailov left the organization in Moscow under the leadership of trustees and managed the activities of his gang from Vienna76. In the 1990s, in Israel there was created a "branch" of the organization, which was led by Mikhailov and his two deputies Viktor AVERIN and Arnold Tamm. They later immigrated and became citizens of Israel. 77 In fact Mikhailov did not feel safe in Vienna (Austria) 78. Mikhailov and AVERIN the same day received the authorization to possess weapons and to acquire Israeli citizenship, registered bogus marriages with Jewish women in Budapest, Hungary. Both did not show up in the Ministry of the Interior, so there is no documentation, which is more or less related to their activity can be found79. Later, the Israeli citizenship Mikhailov was recognized invalid. Mikhailov, AVERIN and Tamm left Israel 80.