Kumarin not getting retrial on assassination attempt

Kumarin not getting retrial on assassination attempt
Vladimir Barsukov (Kumarin)

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld the decision of the lower court, according to which the ‘night Governor’ of St. Petersburg will spend 23 years in a high-security prison.

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation considered the claim of lawyers of the authoritative businessman, leader of the Tambov criminal gang Vladimir Barsukov (Kumarin), on the verdict of the city court of St. Petersburg, which found him guilty of organizing an attempt on Sergey Vasilyev, the owner of the Petersburg oil terminal.

In the claim the lawyers of Barsukov asked to cancel the court's decision because of violations of the law during the consideration of the criminal case. However, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld the guilty verdict.

Barsukov's lawyer Konstantin Kuzminykh said that the defense intended to appeal the court's decision in cassation.

We are talking about a crime committed almost ten years ago. According to the investigation, in the spring of 2006, Barsukov-Kumarin organized an assassination attempt on the owner of ZAO Petersburg Oil Terminal Sergey Vasilyev. According to one version, Barsukov demanded from the businessman a certain amount of money for his contribution to the development of the enterprise. Vasilyev refused him, after which Barsukov decided to eliminate him. According to the version of the Investigative Committee, Rosbalt notes, the purpose of the assassination attempt was the acquisition of property of Vasilyev's company. A year later Kommersant estimated the cost of the terminal at $600 million.

On May 4, 2006, killers Andrey and Oleg Mikhalevs blocked the road to Vasilyev's cortege and opened fire at it from machine guns. The businessman and three of his guards were injured in the shooting, another bodyguard died from the injuries. In 2012 brothers Mikhalevs were found guilty of the attempt on Vasilyev and the murder of his guard and were sentenced to 20 and 18.6 years of imprisonment respectively.

As The CrimeRussia has previously reported, Barsukov, also known under nickname ‘night Governor’ of St. Petersburg, was ratted out by brothers Mikhalevs. Besides him, Vyacheslav Drokov (20 years of the colony), Aleksandr Korpushov (10.5 years) and Alexander Merkulov (4 years) were found guilty of the crime and for this were sentenced to various terms. The leader of the Tambov criminal group, according to the court's decision, with the two previous sentences (for raiding and extortion) taken into account, was sentenced to 23 years in a high-security prison.

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