“It’s a frame-up”: Ex-head of Kizlyar district involved in murders denies his guilt 

“It’s a frame-up”: Ex-head of Kizlyar district involved in murders denies his guilt
Andrey Vinogradov

‘Number two’ of fugitive Head of the Dagestan branch of the Russian Pension Fund Sagid Murtazaliev is accused of aiding in the organization of murders of Vice-Mayor of Kizlyar Vasily Naumochkin and Deputy Head of the Dagestan MIA regional department of the Center for Combating Extremism Shevket Kudzhaev. In addition, according to the investigation, he drove over a police captain in 2004.

As former Head of the Kizlyar district of Dagestan Andrey (Yusup) Vinogradov said in a military court, where his case is heard, he pleads not guilty in respect of all the charges against him, Kommersant reports. 

He also said that he is “a patriot to his country,” and the case against him is “a frame-up,” and then expressed his desire to give evidence at the end of the trial.

Vinogradov’s lawyer Rashid Dzhafarov noted that the 2004 events raise doubts, since the evidence of the injured police officer appeared only 12 years after the event, and the charges of Contributing to Terrorist Activity (part 1 of Art. 205.1 of the Russian Criminal Code) and Mediation in Encroachment on the Life of an Officer of a Law-enforcement Agency and a Vice-Mayor (part 3 of Art. 30, part 2 of Art. 105, Art. 317 of the Russian Criminal Code) are only based on the testimony of an insurgent serving his sentence for these crimes by decision of the Supreme Court of Dagestan.

The North-Caucasian District Military Court began to consider the criminal case of Andrey Vinogradov yesterday. The 35-year-old native of Mineralnye Vody is accused of financing terrorism and several attempts on law enforcement officers.

According to the indictment read out in court yesterday, in 2004, the defendant ran over Police Captain Abdulzagir Abdulkaparov while driving a Jeep Cherokee. The police captain blocked the way to the car, which interfered with the movement of a convoy. After running over the inspector, according to the case, Vinogradov got out of his car, shot in the air, and fled the scene. Road patrol that arrived on the scene provided support to the injured.

In addition, the investigation believes, as a confidant to Deputy of the People's Assembly of the third convocation of Dagestan and Head of the Dagestan branch of the Russian Pension Fund Sagid Murtazaliev, Andrey Vinogradov and former deputy of the Kizlyar District Assembly Omar Asadulaev gave 3 million rubles ($52.620) to head of Daud’s OCG Pakhrudin Gadzhiev in 2010.

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Sagid Murtazaliev

According to the investigation, promoting his own people to key positions in the republic, Murtazaliev ordered Abdulla Saadulaev’s (aka Daud) gang the hit on Vice-Mayor of Kizlyar Vasily Naumochkin and Deputy Head of the Dagestan MIA regional department of the Center for Combating Extremism Shevket Kudzhaev. According to the criminal case, Kudzhaev had been actively investigating into the crimes committed by bandit groups in Dagestan, which provoked the irritation of Murtazaliev, who sponsored the militants. August 3, 2010, bandits shot Lieutenant Colonel Kudzhaev in his garage with Kalashnikov rifles, and August 23, they committed an attempt on Kizlyar Vice-Mayor Vasily Naumochkin. Despite the fact that the militants fired at least 30 shots at him, Naumochkin survived thanks to timely medical assistance. 

Sagid Murtazaliev, who has been arrested by court in absentia, is hiding in the UAE. The third defendant in the case, Omar Asadulaev, has also been declared wanted.

The next hearing in the case of the former Kizlyar district head will be held on February 20. Victims will be questioned.

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