Politkovskaya's murderer spends almost a year in solitary confinement for refusing to cooperate with FSB

Politkovskaya's murderer spends almost a year in solitary confinement for refusing to cooperate with FSB
Sergey Khadzhikurbanov

The accused is being pressurized in attempt to make him testify against Berezovsky.

Former security officer Sergey Khadzhikurbanov convicted of the murder of Anna Politkovskaya is being forced to testify against the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky, wrote the Kommersant quoting ex-policeman’s lawyer Andrey Vikanov. He said that for a long time Khadzhikurbanov had refused to give false evidence, resulting in more pressure in the colony and severe punishments for the slightest faults. The Federal Penitentiary Service promised to look at all the complaints they received.

According to the attorney, the former officer with the Regional Directorate for Combating Organized Crime was visited by three other officers, presumably with the FSB. They demanded that Khadzhikurbanov should say the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky had masterminded the murder. According to Vikanov’s story, he does not know any details, but his client admitted that he had agreed to certain conditions. The lawyer expects that the pressure would soon stop.

The attorney said that the unbearable living conditions Khadzhikurbanov is being held in appeared last autumn, when the head of colony №5 suggested that the prisoner should testify on another loud case, the murder of Paul Klebnikov, Forbes Russia editor in chief. The Governor asked to name Khozh-Akhmed Nukhayev and Lom-Ali Gaitukayev as involved in the high-profile crime. The former policeman refused to cooperate and started facing problems.

Apart from the warden, Khadzhikurbanov had officers with the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia as his visitors but since he did not testify, his detention conditions deteriorated even further.

With the never-ending punishments the convicted received for a slightest fault, he spent most of last year in a punishment cell (solitary confinement) and a ward-type room (WTR). Besides, according to the lawyer, as his client was transferred to the WTR, no disciplinary commission was convened.

Vikanov filed a complaint on the violations to the Federal Penitentiary Service that promised to carefully consider each of them.

At this point, the person behind the murder of the Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya is still unidentified. Andrey Borovkov, the lawyer of the late Berezovsky, strongly denied all the accusations in this regard against his former client. He alleged that this was not the first resonant crime that his client had been falsely accused of. According to Borovkov, if there had been real grounds for Berezovsky's allegations, the oligarch would have been charged while he was still alive.

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