Gazprom subsidiary head suspected of assassinating partner placed under house arrest
Vladimir Tumaev became a cause for an investigation after arrested hitmen accepted a plea bargain and testified against him.
The Industrialny District Court of Izhevsk placed former Head of Gazprom's subsidiary Spetsgazavtotransport Vladimir Tumaev under house arrest for two months, according to Kommersant.
The founder and president of the Gazovik-Gazprom (Zenit-Izhevsk) Izhevsk football club is accused of assassinating his business partner Vadim Styazhkin. They had gotten into a financial dispute a number of years ago.
The ICR Directorate in Udmurtia had charged Tumaev with violation of Art. 30 (Preparations for a Crime, and Attempted Crimes) and 105, part 2 (Murder Committed by a Group of Persons) of the Russian Criminal Code.
First, Styazhkin’s house and office were set on fire, according to investigators. Then, he was ambushed and killed. The hitmen tried to disguise the assassination as an attack of hooligans.
The businessman became a suspect after the arrested hitmen accepted a plea bargain and testified against him. He pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors wanted him to go to jail until trial, but the Court factored in the 71-year-old businessman’s poor health. Tumaev is handicapped. Surgeons have recently removed a part of his stomach due to a cancer and inserted a pacemaker.
Tumaev was the head of the Gazprom subsidiary between 1984 and 2009. He is a member of the Gazprom Spetsgazavtotransport board of directors and owns 12.86% of the company.