"My grandchildren are told their granddad is a murderer." Fugitive oligarch Telman Ismailov claims he had no part in killings

"My grandchildren are told their granddad is a murderer." Fugitive oligarch Telman Ismailov claims he had no part in killings
Telman Ismailov Photo: Vyacheslav Prokofiev / TASS

He said in an interview that he was innocent and he could prove it.

The former owner of the Cherkizovsky Market, oligarch Telman Ismailov, said he was not involved in the murders he was accused of, and he could actually prove it. Moreover, he has not committed a single crime for his whole life, the businessman stated in an interview to the TV channel Rossiya 1.

"Today my grandchildren are told their granddad is a murderer. Who would like that? I have not committed a single crime for my whole life. I maintain my innocence and I can prove it," Ismailov said in a conversation over the phone.

We remind that the investigators have information that Telman Ismailov is involved in the murders of the owner of Stroi-Market Mall Vladimir Savkin and the Lublino-Motors founder Yuri Brilev. Their bodies were found in May 2016 near the 32nd kilometer of Novorizhskoe Highway. They were shot inside a Toyota Land Cruiser SUV.

On 11 November, Telman Ismailov was indicted in absentia for arranging two murders (items (a, g, d), part 2 of Art. 105; part 3 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code), and then he was put on the international wanted list. The oligarch’s current whereabouts are unknown. According to CrimeRussia sources, Ismailov moved from Turkey to France not so long ago, as the Turkish law enforcement agencies also had questions for him. The sources said that Ismailov could also be involved in the murder of the thief in law Rovshan Lenkoransky.

Ismailov's lawyer Marina Rusakova believes the charges brought by the Investigative Committee to be unfounded, since they are based solely on the testimony of the murder perpetrator, Mehman Kerimov, who wants to avoid life imprisonment and so goes out of his way to cooperate with the investigation, testifying against the Ismailov brothers.

Two brothers of Telman Ismailov are prosecuted right now, as our readers might remember from our previous stories: Rafik Ismailov is in jail pending trial for murders and Vagif Ismailov (ex-policeman) is under an in absentia arrest warrant.

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