Former employee of Chita Internal Affairs who ordered hit on member of local Parliament sued

Former employee of Chita Internal Affairs who ordered hit on member of local Parliament sued
Artem Shkedov

The Zabaikalsky Territorial Court, Chita, received the criminal case against the employee.

40 y. o. Artem Shkedov is accused of ordering a hit on Vladimir Baranov, the member of the Chita Regional Duma, in 2005.

The MP was shot February 12, 2005 at the door of his house in the Novopavlovka village, the Petrovsk-Zabaikalsky District.

The former employee would provide support and assistance to people illicitly harvesting timber in the Petrovsk-Zabaikalsky District, according to the Office of Public Affairs of the Office of Investigations of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in Zabaikalsky Krai.

Mr Baranov, the head of Rassvet, one of the leading timber companies in the region, interfered with their illicit activities, according to investigators. That is why Mr Shkedov ordered the hit to Aleksey Ryazantsev, one of his timber-harvesting clients. The employee paid him, Sergey Maltsev, and Gor Zakharyan, his accessories, $50 000 afterwards.

The police managed to arrest the killers quite soon. Aleksey Ryazantsev, Sergey Maltsev, and Gor Zakharyan were sentenced to 20, 19, and 17 years in prison respectively. Police did not manage to find the hirer, however.

The Office pointed out they learned who the hirer was during investigation of another case. There are no additional details on it.

The employee was arrested in the City of Irkutsk in January 2015. The court ruled on taking him into custody. Mr Shkedov had already tried ordering a hit on Mr Baranov to the leader of one of Chita gangs, as it turned out later. The leader refused to take the job, however.

The employee can be sentenced to life term, according to Egor Makarov, the Office media relations officer. Mr Shketov pleads no guilty.

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