The notorious Gang of Guardians of Public Morals of devoutly Muslim Chechens is not likely to shy away from brutal extortion for protection money. For example, a father of two in Vienna was threatened to have his sons beheaded – police protection for the family and the handcuffing of four young suspects were the result!
The Caucasus gang – among them mostly recognised or tolerated war refugees – had already made the headlines several times in the federal capital and Linz. Compatriots’ wives always had to wear headscarves. And if they appeared too “western” or if their values did not correspond (photos in swimwear or meetings with non-Chechen men were sufficient), the victims, but also their families, were severely threatened and persecuted.
The guardians of public morals kept “files” on hundreds of women in secret chat logs. Beatings were also recorded on mobile phones. Finally, last summer, the investigators caught…
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