Kizlyar ex-vice mayor reveals conflicts with Sagid Murtazaliev during trial of District Head Vinogradov 

Kizlyar ex-vice mayor reveals conflicts with Sagid Murtazaliev during trial of District Head Vinogradov
Conflict between Vasily Naumochkin (left) and Andrey Vinogradov (second right) at a 2010 Kizlyar rally

Assassins shot Ataman of the Dagestan Unregistered Cossacks Unit and Kizlyar Deputy Head Vasily Naumochkin 27 times, hitting him 5 times, in 2010. Yet he survived.

The North Caucasus Military District Court questioned victims as a part of a criminal investigation against former Kizlyar District Head Andrey Vinogradov.

Former Kizlyar Vice-Mayor Vasily Naumochkin is one of the key persons involved in the investigation, according to Kavkazsky Uzel. Vinogradov and former Kizlyar District Head Sagid Murtazaliev are suspected of orchestrating his attempted 2010 assassination. Naumochkin told the court about his relationships and conflicts with Murtazaliev who had been put on the wanted list.

Ataman of the Dagestan Unregistered Cossacks Unit in the Novokrestianovki village and Kizlyar Deputy Head Vasily Naumochkin said he had been a social and political figure for 25 years. He had been trying to stop outward migration of Russian population from Dagestan. He was a Kizlyar District Municipal Council deputy between 2002 and 2010. However, he had to quit his political career after the attempted assassination and suffered wounds due to health issues, according to Naumochkin.

Naumochkin said, among other things, that he used to be one of the town heads and the head of the local cossacks unit. He was at odds with Sagid Murtazaliev over certain political issues, too.

Murtazaliev would appoint his trusted people at key positions without regard for their professional merits, Naumochkin noted. He also reacted very poorly to any criticism of his policies.


Sagid Murtazaliev is a free-style wrestle and social and political activist. He was a Dagestan Parliament deputy until April 26, 2016. On that day, the Parliament dismissed him. He was the head of the Russian Pension Fund Directorate in Dagestan from 2010 to November 12, 2015. He was put on the international wanted list and arrested in absence on September 9, 2015. He was arrested alongside Vinogradov in connection to a criminal investigation. They became subjects of the investigation due to allegedly funding terrorists and orchestrating an attempted assassination. He fled to the UAE after being put on the list, according to some media outlets.

Naumochkin claimed Murtazaliev offered him partnership several times; he refused all such offers. This resulted in Murtazaliev threatening him more than once. Former Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov tied to reconcile them but failed, according to Naumochkin. Amirov was later convicted of orchestrating assassination of Murtazaliev.

The conflict between Naumochkin and Murtazaliev reached a new high between 2005 and 2006. It was due to Naumochkin opposing Murtazaliev, who wanted to become the Kizlyar district head, as well as due to supporting his opponent and Kizlyar District Head at the time Nikolay Eremeev. Naumochkin believes it was the reason for his attempted 2010 assassination. Murtazaliev used other people to threaten him after he was reelected a district council deputy, Naumochkin added. This includes Head of the Novokrestianovki village Shakhban Saidov asking him to resign and saying it was Murtazaliev’s request. The victims said Vinogradov directly threatened him in 2010. It happened after Naumochkin refused to let Vinogradov use a microphone during a rally.

Andrey Vinogradov and Sagid Murtazaliev

Andrey Vinogradov and Sagid Murtazaliev

Then Naumochkin got a tipoff from a law enforcement officer he knew. The officer said that someone had ordered him dead. It even forced Naumochkin to carry around his registered hunting rifle in his car for a while. However, unidentified people shot at his car from assault rifles. Murtazaliev ordered gangsters of Abdulla Saadulaev aka Daud to kill the Kizlyar Vice-Mayor and Deputy Head of the MIA Directorate in Dagestan Anti-Extremism Center Shevket Kudzhaev, according to investigators.

“Out of the 27 shots, 5 got me. I suffered gunshot wounds to my liver, intestines, and lungs. I still have 2 bullets in me and suffer from constant pain”, he told the court. Naumochkin told the court that he firmly believes Vinogradov and Murtazaliev were the only people who had reasons to order his assassination.

Andrey Vinogradov in court

Andrey Vinogradov in court

Kizlyar District Head Andrey Vinogradov was arrested in July 2015. Vinogradov was charged with violation of articles 317 (Encroachment on the Life of an Officer of a Law-enforcement Agency), 30 (Preparations for a Crime, and Attempted Crimes), 30, part 2 (Criminal Liability shall Ensue for Preparations to Commit Only Grave or Especially Grave Crime), 105 (Murder), and 205.1, part 1 (Contributing to Terrorist Activity) of the Russian Criminal Code, according to his indictment published on February 6.



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