Mastermind of MP Yushenkov’s murder not released on parole

Mastermind of MP Yushenkov’s murder not released on parole
Mikhail Kodanev

In total, he spent almost 15 years in prison.

The Zubovo-Polyansky Court once again refused to release convict Mikhail Kodanev accused of organizing the murder of State Duma deputy Sergey Yushenkov on parole.

The first petition was filed in October 2017, however, according to Rosbalt, Judge Lyudmila Zarenkova refused to release him on the grounds of violations committed in the colony just 10 years ago. Then this decision was appealed and approached the Supreme Court of the Republic of Mordovia, where the former co-chairman of Liberal Russia-2 is serving his 20-year term. The Supreme Court overturned the decision, having considered a number of arguments of the judge unreasonable. In particular, it was pointed out that over the past 10 years Kodanev received 24 rewards from the administration of the colony. As a result, the Supreme Court of Mordovia came to the conclusion that the convict could be released.

The materials were returned to the Zubovo-Polyansky Court for a new consideration in a different composition of the judges. However, new judge Evgeny Kuzmin refused to release him on parole on the same grounds. According to Kodanev's lawyer Elina Kashirina, in May the Supreme Court of Mordovia will have to consider the complaint already against this decision. According to the lawyer, there are no legitimate reasons for Kodanev's refusal in the release on parole (UDO).

It is worth noting that at the end of 2017 Kodanev also filed a second application for the UDO, which also was considered by Judge Zarenkov (there are only two judges in this court) and which also issued a refusal. The Supreme Court of Mordovia also canceled it, returning the case for a new trial, and it again met with Judge Kuzmin.

Recall, Yushenkov was killed in April 2003 near the entrance of the house in Moscow. The killer shot several times from a pistol with a muffler that was hidden in a plastic bag. Later, the weapons were found nearby. The crime was solved out of the fingerprints left on the packet. After his detention, he pointed to Kodanev as the mastermind of the crime.

In the opinion of the investigation, the ground was the struggle for financial flows after the disunion of Liberal Russia into two parties with the same name, one of which was headed by Yushenkov, and the second - by Kodanev. The politician had never admitted his guilt, but paid off the Yushenkov’s family moral damage in full.

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