Ex-State Duma deputy Misha Khokhol to be tried for arranging triple murder in Cyprus

Ex-State Duma deputy Misha Khokhol to be tried for arranging triple murder in Cyprus
Mikhail Glushchenko aka Misha Khokhol

The final charge has been brought against Mikhail Glushchenko over the murder of businessman Vyacheslav Shevchenko, his business partner Yury Zorin, and their interpreter.

The ICR has brought the final version of an indictment in the third criminal case against ex-Deputy of State Duma from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Mikhail Glushchenko, who had been previously sentenced to a long term for organizing the murder of MP Galina Starovoytova and extortion from St. Petersburg businessmen $10 million.

Glushchenko is accused of organizing the murder of businessman Vyacheslav Shevchenko, his business partner Yury Zorin, and their interpreter in Cyprus in 2004.

According to the investigation, the motive was the refusal of entrepreneur Shevchenko to pay the former people's deputy a monthly tribute of $50 thousand for the ‘protection’. Mikhail Glushchenko does not admit his guilt in the alleged crime, claiming that he did not benefit from this murder.

To recall, the case was initiated in St. Petersburg only in 2009, following the detention of Glushchenko (who returned to Russia to change his passport) in June. According to Kommersant, the ex-deputy is charged with part 3 of Art. 33 and part 2 of Art. 105 of the Russian Criminal Code (Murder organized by a group of persons by previous concert associated with extortion)

According to the case file, since 1992, using his authority in the criminal underground, Glushchenko (known under the pseudonym Misha Khokhol) has been providing security to the business of brothers Sergey and Vyacheslav Shevchenko, namely to the network of coffee houses Sever-Metropol, a confectionery plant, and Metropol restaurant. Under the terms of the agreement, he was paid a monthly remuneration, which reached $50 thousand by the end of 2003 and the beginning of 2004.

After Glushchenko left Russia, Vyacheslav Shevchenko notified him of his intention to stop payments. Then the ex-deputy began to threaten the latter, demanding either a one-time payment of $10 million, or Metropol JSC, but was refused.

Glushchenko, who had repeatedly visited Shevchenko’s family house in Cyprus, found out when Vyacheslav Shevchenko would arrive there, and went to Cyprus. The investigation believes that he decided to also kill Yury Zorin and the interpreter to intimidate Shevchenko’s family.

To recall, Mikhail Glushchenko has been charged with the murder of State Duma deputy Galina Starovoytova; he has pleaded guilty and called Vladimir Barsukov (Kumarin), whom the ICR considers the leader of the Tambovskie OCC, the paymaster of Galina Starovoytova's murder.

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