Prosecutor's Office establishes motive behind Penitentiary Service officer’s murder
According to law enforcers, a workplace conflict was the motive behind the attack.
A workplace conflict involving the deputy chief for housing development in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region became the motive behind the murder of Penitentiary Service lieutenant colonel, the regional prosecutor's office said.
The officer was attacked on March 2 at Koltushskoye Highway’s kilometer 8. Chernov was driving a Nissan X-Trail towards his country house. Before turning to Staraya village of the Vsevolozhsky district, he pulled over, and a certain Sabir Sadykov got into his car. They had a conversation, then Sadykov took out a gun and emptied a whole clip into the lieutenant colonel. When other policemen found their associate dying, the killer said he was a witness. In a testimony he said he saw a Lada Samara driving away to send the investigation in the wrong direction. However, the detectives did not consider his version plausible enough and arrested him before putting him in custody. When interrogated, Sadykov named the person behind the murder: Sergey Moyseenko, the deputy chief for housing development of the local Penitentiary Service, who was detained the same evening.
The murdered man had reported to Moyseenko. They had often had conflicts over Kresty-2 construction. Chernov had been refusing to sign a number of important documents saying they had shortcomings and flaws. That was why the senior official decided to kill his subordinate and involved Sadykov, who was one of his acquaintances. The local Investigative Committee initiated proceedings under Art. 30 and Art. 105 of the Criminal Code (Attempted Murder). Upon Chernov's death, the article will be re-qualified into Art. 105 of the Criminal Code (Murder). The prosecutor's office has started working on the case.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).