Leningrad region Penitentiary Service Сolonel murder hired by boss?

Leningrad region Penitentiary Service Сolonel murder hired by boss?
Alleged instigator of the crime – the deputy on capital construction of the regional Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Sergey Moiseenko Photo: Mikhail Ognev/Fontanka.ru

High-ranking officers of the Federal Penitentiary Service (UFSIN) started to have disputes over the controversial construction of Kresty 2.

The first suspects appeared in the case of the attempted murder of 34-year-old Lieutenant Colonel of the UFSIN Nikolay Chernov, who was shot from a Makarov pistol on a track in the Leningrad region.

The day before security officials in St. Petersburg detained a 63-year-old man who, as investigators suppose, was one of the attackers. According to online publication 47news, police investigators took Sabir Sadykov. The media calls him decision-maker acting as an intermediary between businessmen and the security forces, who are engaged in construction of new detention facility at Kolpino Kresty 2. Immediately after the detention and arrest Sadykov ratted out the alleged instigator of the crime – deputy on capital construction of the regional UFSIN Sergey Moiseenko. The senior officer was detained the previous night.

Notably, shot Nikolay Chernov was subordinate to Moiseenko. Recently the superior and the subordinate have had disagreements on the construction of Kresty 2. Thus, Chernov, occupying the post of head of the department on engineering supervision of construction and operation of construction facilities of the regional UFSIN and directly overseeing the new detention center, refused to sign a number of documents. The victim explained his refusal with unfinished works and omissions in the construction.

The assassination attempt on officer of the UFSIN, Lieutenant Colonel Nikolay Chernov took place on March 2 at approximately 17:30 on the 8th kilometer of Koltushskoe highway. That evening Chernov went to his country house by his own car Nissan X-Trail. However something made him pull over in front of the turn to Staraya village in Vsevolozhsk district. On the sidelines the 34-year-old officer of the UFSIN without getting out of car and just winding down the side window entered into a dialogue with the driver and passenger of VAZ-2109, who were also in passenger compartment of their car. At this point it is not known what they were talking about. Law enforcement agencies believe their meeting was planned in advance. During the conversation one of those from VAZ-2109 released the entire magazine of a Makarov pistol into lieutenant and then the unknown hided. Chernov received eight wounds – in the neck, shoulder, chest, arm and stomach. Despite numerous injuries he survived. He was hospitalized in serious condition to Vsevolozhsk district hospital. The victim underwent surgery and the bullets were removed from his body.

On this fact the staff of the regional management of the Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case under Art. 30 and 105 of the Criminal Code (Attempted Murder). The Criminal Investigation Office of Main Directorate of the MIA in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region as well as FSB investigators became involved in the investigation.

The construction of the new detention facility at Kolpino was accompanied by a series of scandals. Commissioning of Kresty 2 prison worth 12 billion rubles ($205m) was repeatedly postponed, and in the course of its construction the UFSIN officers have had numerous conflicts with the contractors.

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