Oplot movement leader could be slain due to row involving Ukrainian mobster's son
People related to him can also be complicit in other high-profile homicides - for one, the murders of businessman Maxim Kurochkin and ex-deputy Denis Voronenkov.
Evgeny Zhilin, who was shot in the Moscow region, tried to wheedle a debt of $6 million from the son of Kharkov ‘authority’ Vladimir Yurchenko (Seva), Rosbalt reports. Yurchenko himself was slain in 1998 as a result of confrontation with the Crimean criminal group Bashmaki (Shoes). The gunmen penetrated the hospital, where he was, and killed Seva to death with axes.
In the 90's Yurchenko was an extremely influential figure in Ukraine, according to some reports, was a thief in law and was friendly with Shakro Molodoy. After the death of Seva, his connections began to ‘work’ for the remaining children - the daughter now lives in London and is engaged in design, and son Maxim became a shadow banker, who funnels large sums from Ukraine and Russia to Europe. According to the source of the outlet, these operations Maxim, spending most of his time in Monaco, carried out under the ‘roof’ of the Ukrainian ‘authority’ and a close person of thief in law Vladimir Tyurin (Tyurik) Yury (according to The CrimeRussia this may be Yury Vasilenko).
In 2016 a large Kharkov businessman, the owner of a number of shopping centers, turned through his friend to Maxim with a request to withdraw 6 million dollars to Europe. However, the money was gone. The businessman had suspicions that it was simply divided among Yurchenko Jr., Vasilenko and other gangsters from Russia participating in it.
It was friend Evgeny Zhilin, who as the leader of Oplot (Bulwark) had a group of gunmen in Kharkov, volunteered to help the deceived businessman. According to Ukrainian sources, members of this public organization took an active part during the February events in Kiev in 2014, speaking on the side of the then acting powers that be, and later were seen during the military conflict on the side of the unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic.
Zhilin fundamentally treated the issue of duty and immediately began to ‘squeeze out’ the Kharkov assets of Maxim and Yury. In September 2016 Zhilin was shot in Veterok cafe in the village of Gorki-2, the Moscow region. The source of Rosbalt informs that the operatives have already established that before the murder one of Vasilenko's relatives was monitoring Zhilin. Later it was he who provided the weapon and the car to the three immediate perpetrators of the murder. Subsequently, one of the killers, a citizen of Ukraine, Nikolay Didkovsky, was identified. He was recognized by a friend and security guard of Zhilin, Andrey Kozar, who was injured during the attack. At the moment, Didkovsky is on the international wanted list.
According to the source of Rosbalt, the influence of Vasilenko has long been beyond Ukraine. Using the support of Tyurik, he even almost became a thief in law and a mafia enforcer in the Kursk and Belgorod regions. However, this at one time was prevented by local crime lord Viktor Panyushin (Vitya Pan).
The source claims that Vasilenko and his business partner, Eduard Akselrod, were involved in the murder of the authoritative Russian-Ukrainian businessman Maxim Kurochkin (Max Besheny) in Kyiv in 2007. The same couple ostensibly found the executors for the shooting of former State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov.
In November 2017 Akselrod was found murdered in his car in the courtyard of a house in Kharkov. According to Rosbalt’s source, not long before that, he began to cooperate with the Security Service of Ukraine. The Security Service of Ukraine announced Vladimir Tyurin as the customer of Voronenkov’s murder.
Former Ukrainian police captain Evgeny Zhilin was on the wanted list since July 2015. In addition to a number of political cases related to participation in the opposition, he was also charged under Art. 205 (Fictitious Entrepreneurship) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Zhilin was accused of withdrawing over 1 billion hryvnia (about $38 million), about 100 million hryvnia ($3.6m) of which were money of the Kharkov municipal services, which, according to the Ukrainian investigation, were pulled off through shell firms between 2012 and 2014. Six months after the death of Evgeny Zhilin, the Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office closed his criminal cases.