Businessman belonging to Neverovskaya gang shot in TogliattiVladimir Safronov (‘Safron’)


It was a close call: Safron fell victim to redistribution of influence of Sergey Neverov’s once successful business empire.

In Togliatti, the war for the redistribution of business and spheres of influence of the well-known criminal group Neverovskaya continues. In the afternoon of March 24, on the Sverdlova Street, a killer shot Vladimir Safronov, a criminal businessman 46 years of age, known in criminal circles under the nickname ‘Safron’. The hitman shot several times at the man and disappeared from the crime scene. The businessman was urgently hospitalized with gunshot wounds to the head and body. At the moment, Vladimir Safronov is in intensive care; the doctors consider his condition as stably critical.

Sources of the regional publication TLTgorod claim that there were two killers. After the attack, they burned a Lada Granta car near the crime scene, in the arch of building 68 on Sverdlova Street. Pistols with mufflers were found in the burnt car.

The investigative department of Togliatti’s Avtozavodsky District initiated a criminal case under part 3 of Art. 30 and part 1 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code (Attempted Murder) and part 1 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Storage and Carrying of Firearms).

The businessman was not the last in the once powerful clan of Sergey Neverov (Never). According to sources, not only the breakaway Neverovskaya gangsters took issues with Safron, but also law enforcement officers.

As the CrimeRussia previously reported, about a dozen entrepreneurs who were associated with Neverovskaya gang were killed in Tolyatti over the past few years. In the late 2000s, Sergey Neverov sold his assets in Togliatti and moved to Ukraine. Now, the gang leader is on the wanted list. Having escaped, Never triggered an endless conflict related to the redistribution of business and his gang’s spheres of influence. The mobster’s former business partners – founder of the largest gambling network in the Togliatti called Lucky Lada LLC Vitaly Portnov and co-owner of Chistye Prudy LLC Alexander Petrovsky – became his enemies; a criminal war unleashed in the city.

The latest victims of the war were Ilshat Bulatov, a boxing trainer, former owner of the Agrofirma Belozyorki LLC (he was shot on October 17, 2016) and Oleg Zaguzov (Jambik), ex-director of Promrezerv LLC (shot in August 19, 2016). The latter managed to survive the murder attempt. We should mention that being one of Sergey Neverov’s closest associates, Jambik served as a financier, until some disagreements emerged between the Neverovskaya leaders.

ABOVE – The car was burned near the crime scene – in the arch of house 68 on Sverdlova Street

ABOVE – After the attack, the killers burned Lada Granta
BELOW – Pistols with silencers were found inside the car