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'Ringleader' of gang 'stealing' metal from new iconic bridge is arrested

By The Siberian Times reporter
18 January 2013

The giant Russky Island crossing in Vladivostok is the world's world's largest cable stayed bridge and arguably the most spectacular in Russia.

The most spectacular in Russia - Russky bridge island, Vladivostok. Picture: The SIberian Times 

But it's completion last year was hampered by a $3.2 million heist involving metal from its construction. According to police information, former security employee of Mostovik company Rafael Dzhavadov, 32, arranged a scheme for the illegal extraction and sale of the metal construction,' said a law enforcement source. 

Vehicles were permitted access to warehouses where the metals were stored. Dzhavadov coordinated a gang in stealing and selling the metal meant for bridge construction, it is claimed. He is now arrested and three other suspects are forbidden from leaving Vladivostok pending a trial. 

'Three members of the criminal group are the defendants in the criminal case, which was opened for a massive theft committed by the organized criminal group,' said a police spokeswoman.

The bridge was completed ahead of the APEC summit on Russky Island last September.

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