Telman Ismailov might be involved in murder of University pro-rector and Moscow official over land dispute
Also, the ex-owner of the Cherkizovsky market may be implicated in the attempted murder of the singer Avraam Russo, in whose promotion he had been investing.
Investigators suspected the Cherkizovsky ex-owner arrested in absentia of involvement in the murder of Mikhail Bodin, the pro-rector of the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism (SCOLIPE), and an unnamed official of the land department, the telegram channel Mash reported.
According to the investigation, both murders are associated with a dispute around a part of the territory belonging to the SCOLIPE that was right next to the market. In 1996, Ismailov made claims to University’s land plot, but Bodin refused to give it away. Then he was killed. An official of the land department who made land transfer resolutions became the next victim.
Then comes the singer Avraam Russo, who was sponsored by the businessman. According to Mash, Russo had been concealing his earnings on parties from Ismailov. In 2004, he was abducted and severely beaten, his nose was broken. In 2006, unknown persons shelled the singer’s jeep. Russo got three bullet wounds, but survived. After that murder attempt, the singer left Russia.
In October, Telman Ismailov was arrested in absentia for two months. On November 11, the businessman was charged with masterminding two murders. On November 13, he was put on an international wanted list. It was also reported that Ismailov might be involved in the murder of the thief in law Rovshan Lenkoransky.